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Book: ‘The Ethiopian Adal War: The Conquest of Abyssinia’ by Jeffrey M. Shaw – Editor’s Note

In 1529, an army from the Sultanate of Adal in modern-day Somalia invaded neighboring Ethiopia. For the next fourteen years, the conflict ravaged Ethiopia, planting the seeds of enmity and mistrust in the Horn of Africa that resonate to this day.  The Ethiopian-Adal War (1529-1543): The Conquest of Abyssinia brings sixteenth-century Arab, Portuguese, and Ethiopian primary source material from this conflict to contemporary readers for the first time in the English language in a single volume.

Situating the conflict into the wider struggle for maritime supremacy between the Portuguese and Ottoman Empires, readers will have the chance to learn about a little-known conflict which nearly resulted in the subjugation of Christian Ethiopia at the hands of Imam Gurey, the Sultan of Adal. Included are maps of the conflict’s major battles, never before seen in any publication. Photographs of the Ethiopian landscape and a range of other illustrations complete the account of this epic conflict.


About Author

Jeffrey M. Shaw is a professor of Strategy and Policy at the US Naval War College. He also teaches at Norwich University in the Security Studies program, and at Salve Regina university in the doctoral program in the Humanities. He is the author and editor of numerous books and journal articles on the topics of national security, philosophy of technology, and military history. His three volume War and Religion: An Encyclopaedia of Faith and Conflict (ABC CLIO) was chosen by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Reference Source for the year 2018.


Book Details

  • Title: The Ethiopian-Adal War (1529-1543): The Conquest of Abyssinia
  • Author: Jeffrey M. Shaw 
  • Publisher‏:Helion and Company  
  • Date of Publication: August 26, 2021
  • Language‏: ‎ English
  • Paperback‏: ‎146pp


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