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Title:The Life and Career of Shaykh Talha B. Ja'far (c. 1853-1936)
Author:Ahmed, HusseinISNI
Periodical:Journal of Ethiopian Studies
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Northeast Africa
biographies (form)
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
Biography, Obituaries
Talha B. Ja'far, 1853-1936
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/41965976
Abstract:During the course of the nineteenth century the resurgence of Islam had a marked impact on the rise of eminent and influential Muslim religious leaders and militant scholars in Wällo (Ethiopia). One of them was Shaykh Talha b. Ja'far (c. 1853-1936). As a scholar, he wrote a religious manual ('Tawhid enna Fiqh', Theology and Law), which clearly reveals his desire to disseminate the basic doctrines of Islam among ordinary Amharic-speaking Muslims. His strict adherence to the precepts of Islamic orthodoxy is reflected both in his teachings and writings. As a religious leader, Talha played an important part in the armed insurrections which engulfed eastern Wällo in the early 1880s, and which were the Wällo Muslims' reaction to the policy of conversion to Christianity pursued by Emperor Yohannes IV and Menilek II (r. 1889-1913). In the course of these struggles, Talha dealt with, and sought and sometimes received assistance from the Sultan of Awsa, the Mahdists, and the Italians. The reconciliation with Menilek took place in 1896. This marked the end of the militant phase in Talha's turbulent life as a warrior. Several facts and episodes concerning the final phase of his career complete this biographical sketch of Shaykh Talha b. Ja'far. Notes, ref.