The Tragedy of Emperor Libne-Dingil of Ethiopia (1508-1540)

This paper deals with the history of King Libne-Dingil of Ethiopia, emperor from 1508 to 1540, and presents the author’s annotated translation from Amharic of two little-known or unknown sources: a manuscript written by Aleqa Tekl, an Oromo brought up and educated in Gojjam, who died in 1936; and an unpublished manuscript put together by Memhir Akalu Kdane-Mariyam, Bishop Luqas of Wellega during the Italian occupation (1936-1941). Both histories of Ethiopia were written in the oral history tradition. Most attention is given to Libne-Dingil’s struggle with the Muslim rebel leader Gra, i.e. Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi. Notes, ref.

Title: The Tragedy of Emperor Libne-Dingil of Ethiopia (1508-1540)
Author: Molvaer, Reidulf K.
Year: 1998
Periodical: Northeast African Studies
Volume: 5
Issue: 2
Pages: 23-46
Language: English
Geographic term: Ethiopia
About person: Libne-Dingil
External link: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/northeast_african_studies/v005/5.2.molvaer.pdf
Abstract: This paper deals with the history of King Libne-Dingil of Ethiopia, emperor from 1508 to 1540, and presents the author’s annotated translation from Amharic of two little-known or unknown sources: a manuscript written by Aleqa Tekl, an Oromo brought up and educated in Gojjam, who died in 1936; and an unpublished manuscript put together by Memhir Akalu Kdane-Mariyam, Bishop Luqas of Wellega during the Italian occupation (1936-1941). Both histories of Ethiopia were written in the oral history tradition. Most attention is given to Libne-Dingil’s struggle with the Muslim rebel leader Gra, i.e. Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi. Notes, ref.