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ʿArab Faqīh
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Shihab al-Dīn Aḥmad ibn ʿAbd al-Qādir ibn Sālim ibn ʿUthmān

Date of Birth: Late 15th/early 16th century

Place of Birth: Yemen/Ethiopia

Date of Death: After 1559

Place of Death: Yemen/Ethiopia


The biography of Shihāb al-Dīn cannot be reconstructed in any detail, since the only source of information is his Futūḥ al-Ḥabasha, about the Ethiopian jihād of Aḥmad ibn Ibrāhīm (d. 1543). His nickname, ʿArab faqīh, ‘Arab doctor of law’, is m…

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Gori, Alessandro, “ʿArab Faqīh”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 08 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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