FUTUH AL-HABASHA THE CONQUEST OF ABYSSINIA PDF

The Yamani author was an eyewitness of several of the battles he describes, and is an invaluable source. His book, which is full of human, and at times tragic, drama, makes a major contribution to our knowledge of a crucially important period in the hisoty of Ethiopia and Horn of Africa. The forces of Imam Ahmad bin Ibrahim had occupied the greater part of Ethiopia. The resistance of Emperor Lebna Dengel had virtually come to an end, and many Christians had chosen to convert to Islam.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Shihab Al-Din Arabfaqih. Paul Lester Stenhouse Translator. The Yamani author was an eyewitness of several of the battles he describes, and is an invaluable source. His book, which is full of human, and at times tragic, dram Sihab ad-Din Ahmad bin 'Abd al-Qader's account of the early sixteenth century Jihad, or holywar, in Ethiopia, of Imam Ahmad bin Ibrahim, better known as Ahmad Gran, or the Left handed, is an historical classic.

His book, which is full of human, and at times tragic, drama, makes a major contribution to our knowledge of a crucially important period in the hisoty of Ethiopia and Horn of Africa. The forces of Imam Ahmad bin Ibrahim had occupied the greater part of Ethiopia. The resistance of Emperor Lebna Dengel had virtually come to an end, and many Christians had chosen to convert to Islam.

The victorious Imam's regime seemed there to stay. This was, however, far from the end of the story. The Imam was killed in battle on February 21, , whereupon his army almost immediately disintegrated. Those of his soldiers who could do so made their way back to the East. Not a few Muslim converts reverted to their former faith. The Futuh thus refers to a relatively short, though crucially important, period in Ethiopia's long history. The book is nevertheless valuable, in that its author was an eye-witness of many of the events he describes, and writes, as far as we can judge, with a degree of objectivity rare for his time.

What people say about this book: "This book is the first ever complete English translation of the Arabic account on the campaigns of Imam Ahmad b.

Abd al-Qadir b. Salim b. Uthman also known as Arab Faqih It is particularly useful for English-speaking researchers and established scholars who cannot read either the Arabic text or the authoritative French translation prepared by Rene Basset He is a leading historian of Islam in Ethiopia. His short lived spectacular victories and determination to replace Christianity by Islam and the remarkable survival of Christianity in Ethiopia" is a story of epic proportions" which still generates strong emotion among both the Christian and the Muslim population of Ethiopia.

In other words, Imam Ahmad's jihadic war besides being legendary was a major turning point This is truly a wonderful work, which is destined to remain an indispensable source for the history of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa during the first half of the tumultuous sixteenth century. Anyone interested in understanding the intensity and brutality of religious war will be rewarded by reading this classic. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title.

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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 07, Habeeb Akande rated it really liked it. Nice translation of the historical text. The book is a very good source for anyone interested in campaigns of Imam Ahmad b. Ibrahim al-Ghazi and East African history. At long last, after seven months!

Aside from life getting in the way, it took me so long to read because it became a bit of a chore. Despite how epic this may sound, the text is a bit repetitive and, as older Arab-penned histories tend to b At long last, after seven months!

Despite how epic this may sound, the text is a bit repetitive and, as older Arab-penned histories tend to be, a bit dull. It includes details of every battle, which usually consists of the Adal army fighting the Christians of Ethiopia and conquering a territory, then taking booty and captives.

I had a problem with a lot of the un-Islamic behavior Imam Ahmad used on these people, such as beheading female captives, burning churches, and other such things that would today be considered war crimes.

Nonetheless, the text was somewhat enjoyable. Pick it up if you're more able to connect with a book than I currently am, but be warned that it's not exactly a page-turner. View 2 comments. Ali rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Asmo rated it it was amazing Feb 12, Mussa Awaleh rated it liked it Dec 20, Cilmi Samatar rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Kehali rated it it was ok Sep 27, Ahmed Ibrahim rated it did not like it Nov 18, Yimajeh Noor rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Mario Alonso rated it it was amazing Jul 07, Melti marked it as to-read Mar 18, Omar marked it as to-read Feb 16, Sisay Deneke marked it as to-read Mar 27, Audemar Piguet marked it as to-read Oct 17, Zebad Alemayehu marked it as to-read Oct 18, BookDB marked it as to-read Sep 05, Leroux added it Nov 02, Bashgelle marked it as to-read Nov 04, Abdirabi Essa added it Dec 10, Idro is currently reading it Dec 10, Zamzam Masare marked it as to-read Mar 07, Yshire marked it as to-read Mar 13, Hanad marked it as to-read Mar 15, Danab added it May 15, Abe marked it as to-read Jul 22, Abdi Abu-Salman marked it as to-read Sep 03, Katya Kazbek marked it as to-read Sep 25, Amaha marked it as to-read Oct 23, Abdullahi added it Oct 23, Ali al-'Afari marked it as to-read Dec 06, Deeqa marked it as to-read Mar 03, Abdirahman marked it as to-read Mar 05, Bokre marked it as to-read Mar 07, Rachel Ninnette marked it as to-read Mar 24, Marco Vigano marked it as to-read Mar 30, Khalids Abuhashi marked it as to-read Apr 05,

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