Family and Property Amongst the Amhara Nobility

  title={Family and Property Amongst the Amhara Nobility},
  author={Donald E. Crummey},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={207 - 220}
  • D. Crummey
  • Published 1 April 1983
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
Records of Ethiopian property dealings provide insights into the affairs of Ethiopian families. They suggest further, dynamic links between property and family. Amhara rules of descent and inheritance are ambilineal. Each person reckons their ancestry equally through their father and mother and inherits property the same way. Yet, without abandoning their profession of the principles of ambilineal descent and of equal partible inheritance, the Abyssinian nobility subverted these norms, thereby… 

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