Sophia Dege-Müller

Subproject Horn of Africa

Sophia Dege-Müller is a specialist for Ge’ez, Ethiopian Christian History and Ethiopian manuscripts. Already as a student she published articles in the Ecyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 3, 2007. Later she became assistant editor of this Encyclopaedia, collaborating on volumes 4 and 5 until 2013. She was research assistant in the ERC-project ‘Ethio-SPaRE: Cultural Heritage of Christian Ethiopia’ for two years. One of her current projects is editing a special issue dedicated to the Oral Traditions in Ethiopian Studies, a collaborative work with Dirk Bustorf and Alexander Meckelburg. For her PhD thesis she studies The Aksimaros-Literature: the Story of Creation in Ethiopian Tradition at the University of Hamburg.

Vita and Publications


  • Since September 2015 - Research Fellow, Center for Religious Studies, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

  • 2013-2014 - Research Associate at Ethio-SPARE, University of Hamburg, Germany (ERC-Starting Grant Project)

  • 2009–2012 - Assistant Editor at the Encyclopaedia Aethiopica, University of Hamburg, Germany

Education and degrees

  • July 2013 - research stay at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, St. Paul’s, MI, USA

  • Since 2009 - PhD research in Ethiopian Studies, Department of African Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 2003–2009 - Master of Arts in Ethiopian Studies, Department of African Studies, University of Hamburg (with distinction)



  • Oral Tradition in Ethiopian Studies, Alexander Meckelburg, Sophia Dege-Müller, Dirk Bustorf (eds.), Wiesbaden 2018, Supplement to Aethiopica International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies vol 7.

Articles/book chapters

  • ““Remapping Paradise”: Manuscript evidences of Ethiopian Cosmological Models and of Visualizations of the Paradisiacal Garden”, in: E. Ficquet – Ahmed Hassen (eds.), Movements in Ethiopia, Ethiopia in Movement. Proceedings of the 18th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (Addis Ababa – Paris forthcoming)

  • „The Ethiopian Psalter Manuscripts - Scribal Practices and Text Arrangement”, in: A. Bausi – A. Gori – D. Nosnitin (eds.), Essays in Ethiopian Manuscript Studies, Wiesbaden 2015 (Proceedings of the International Conference Manuscripts and Texts, Languages and Contexts: the Transmission of Knowledge in the Horn of Africa, Hamburg, 17-19 July 2014), pp. 59-74, plates: 369-374

  • “Ms. Cerulli 165 in the Light of the Aksimaros’ Manuscript Tradition”, in: R. Zarzeczny (ed.), AETHIOPIA FORTITUDO EJUS. Studi in onore di Monsignor Osvaldo Raineri in occasione del suo 80˚ compleanno, Roma 2015 (Orientalia Christiana Analecta 298), pp. 163-180

  • “Die Königin von Saba. Das äthiopische Nationalepos”, in: Welt und Umwelt der Bibel, 3, 2015, pp. 36-41

  • “Weder in Äthiopien noch in Israel zu Hause“, in: Welt und Umwelt der Bibel, 3, 2015, pp. 54-57

  • Review of D. McEwan, The Story of Däräsge Maryam. The history, buildings and treasures of a church compound with a painted church in the Semen Mountains, in: Orientalische Literaturzeitung 110, 4-5 (Okt. 2015), pp. 416-19

  • “Yohannes II”, in: Alessandro Bausi (ed.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 5, Wiesbaden 2014, 70f.; “Zämänä mäsafent”, ibid., 122-129; “Mäftehe seray”, ibid., 407f.; “Seddät: Mäshafä Seddät”, ibid., 509f.; “Wäldä Tänsa’e”, ibid., 551.

  • “The Ethiopian Psalter: An Introduction to its Codicological Tradition”, in: The Anglo-Ethiopian Society News File – Winter 2014, pp. 16-22

  • Review of K.J. Lundström – Ezra Gebremedhin, Kenisha: The Roots and Development of The Evangelical Church of Eritrea 1866-1935, Uppsala 2011, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies 15, 2012, 283-87

  • Review of S. Bombeck, Die Geschichte der heiligen Maria in einer alten äthiopischen Handschrift, Dortmund 2010, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies 14, 2011, 289-71      

  • Conference report with Alexander Meckelburg: “November 2–6, 2009 in Addis Abäba 17th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies”, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies (online)

  • Conference report with Maria Bulakh: “August 20–21, 2010 in Berlin III. Internationales Forschungskolloquium zum Horn von Afrika”, in: Aethiopica - International Journal of Ethiopian and Eritrean Studies  (online)

  • “Potken, Johannes”, with Siegbert Uhlig, in: Alessandro Bausi - Siegbert Uhlig (eds.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 4, Wiesbaden 2010, 191f.; “Sarbakusa”, ibid., 539f.; “Schlichting, Christoph”, with Siegbert Uhlig, ibid., 575; “Sebestyanos”, ibid., 587; “Tälsäm”, with Wolbert Smidt, ibid., 850-52; “Täwäldä Mädhen Gäbrä Mädhen”, with Peter Unseth, ibid. 877f.; “Tewoflos”, ibid., 937f.; “Wädağğo Gobäna”, with Alexander Meckelburg, ibid., 1066f.; “Wänd Bäwäsän”, ibid., 1128f.; “Wäsän Sägäd”, ibid., 1153f.

  • “Mätäkko”, in: Siegbert Uhlig (ed.), Encyclopaedia Aethiopica vol. 3, Wiesbaden 2007, 861f.; “Nägasi Krestos”, ibid., 1110f.


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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no 647467). Over the coming five years, the research project will be funded with approx. two million Euros. 
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