Paleo-Ethiopianism – May 22
“In a last bid for independence, in 522, a Jewish Himyarite leader, Yusuf As’ar Yath’ar, rebelled against the puppet ruler enthroned by the negus and put the Aksumite garrison to the sword. He then besieged Najran, which had refused to provide him with troops, and massacred part of its Christian population – a martyrdom that sparked outrage amongst Yusuf’s enemies and hastened retribution from Ethiopia.
“Before Islam: When Saudi Arabia Was a Jewish Kingdom
(Photo: German archaeologist Paul Yule suggests that the crown on this relief, found in Yemen, is similar to those in Aksum. A rare surviving reminder of Ethiopia’s presence in South Arabia)
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