Conquest of Abyssinia
Conquest

Abba ‘Enbaqom, Imam Ahmad Ibn Ibrahim, and the “Conquest of Abyssinia”

Abu’l-Fath, according to Ethiopian tradition, was a Yemeni immigrant, mentioned in the Ethiopic Synaxarium, or Book of Saints, and was probably born around 1470. Several foreign scholars, however, believe that he came on the contrary from Iraq. His father is said to have been of a princely family, while his mother was reportedly Jewish. At […]

Cities of Ethiopia
Cities of Ethiopia

The Cities of Ethiopia DESSIE

The city of Dessie boasts a population of about 100,000. It is in a very attractive setting, sitting about 2600 meters high amidst tree-clad hills. On a sunny day, Dessie can be quite glorious. On a rainy day, it’s dismal. Because of its geographical position, Dessie is densely populated and crowded. It is squeezed between […]

Dire Dawa
Dire Dawa

The Cities Of Ethiopia – Dire Dawa

I have found that Dire Dawa takes a certain amount of getting used to. It is a recent city in an ancient country, having been founded as the initial endpoint of the railroad from Djibouti into Ethiopia around the turn of the century (19th into 20th). Previously I wrote an article on Dire Dawa, which […]