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BRINGING MOVEMENT? OUTSIDERS FROM ISLAMIC LANDS IN MEDIEVAL ETHIOPIA [Abstract ID: 0510-11]
Arabic source material from the Mamluk period (1250-1517) brings evidence of outsiders coming to Ethiopia from remote Islamic lands, apart from the customary coming of Egyptian clerics. Be they emissaries or deserters, merchants or preachers, they brought items and ideas and introduced foreign dynamics into Ethiopia. This paper aims at investigating some case studies in order to assess their potential impact on power and movement of knowledge in Ethiopia. The increasing local rivalry between Christian and Islamic politics in the Middle Ages seems to have opened new opportunities for such outsiders.