Eminent Islamic scholar passed away
The eminent Ethiopian Islamic scholar Hussien Ahmed has died at the age of 56 on Sunday. No cause of death was given.
A doctorate from Birmingham University of United Kingdom, he was a prolific writer on Islam, with an important book, “Islam in Nineteenth-Century Wallo, Ethiopia” published in the Netherlands in 2001. According the publisher’s note, the book presents a historical account of the internal dynamics of Islam in Wollo, with particular emphasis on the modes of its introduction and dissemination, and on its relationship with the Ethiopian state and regional power structure. It also describes the background to and manifestations of, the revival and consolidation of Islam in the region in nineteenth century by assessing the role of Muslim scholars, traders and chefs in that process.
The late historian has also published numerous articles both on historical and contemporary Islam in Ethiopia including “The historiography of Islam in Ethiopia,” Journal of Islamic Studies, 3, 1 (1992) “Aksum in Muslim Historical Traditions”, Journal of Ethiopian Studies, XXZX, 2 (19197) and Islamic Literature and Religious Revival in Ethiopia (1991-19194), Islam et Sociétés au sud du Sahara, 12 (1998).
Born in 1945 in Kalu Woreda, south Wollo zone, the late professor Hussein attended primary school at Etege Menen School and then joined W/ro Sehen Secondary school where he completed 11th grade and then moved to the then Beide Mariam.
He obtained his first degree in history in 1969 E.C with great distinction and became a lecturer at the history department of the Addis Ababa Universty. Since then, he has been teaching there.
The funeral of the late professor took place later on Sunday at Kolfe Cemetery in Addis Ababa in the presence of families, colleagues and students.
He is survived by his wife and four children.