`Abd al-Shakur ibn Yusuf

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Ahmad I ibn Abi Bakr was Emir of Harar (1755–1782). He was the first Emir of Harar to give the neighboring Oromo gifts. He went to them in the first years of his reign, and brought with him bales of sheetings which he gave to the Jarso and Nole Oromo. He may have done this to free the way for salt and other goods which had to be brought through their territories.[1]

Another example of his efforts to "civilize" the Oromo was his construction of a shrine to the Baghdadi saint `Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani near the tomb of Sheikh Hussein, which lies to the south deep in the territory of the Oromo people.[2]

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  1. ^ R. A. Caulk, "Harar Town and Its Neighbours in the Nineteenth Century", Journal of African History, 18 (1977), p. 372
  2. ^ J. Spencer Trimingham, Islam in Ethiopia (Oxford: Geoffrey Cumberlege for the University Press, 1952), pp. 253-256