Battle of Antukyah

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Battle of Antukyah
Part of the Abyssinian–Adal war
Date 1531
Location Ethiopia, 89 km (55 mi) south of Lake Hayq
Result Decisive Adal victory
Belligerents
Flag of Adal.png Adal Sultanate Ethiopian Pennants.svg Ethiopian Empire
Commanders and leaders
Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi Eslamu, Governor of Fatagar
Strength
12,000 men
500 horses[1]
100,000 men
600 horses

The Battle of Antukyah was fought in 1531 between Adal Sultanate forces under Imam Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi Moslem Jihadist and the Abyssinian army under Eslamu. Huntingford has located Antukyah about 89 kilometres (55 miles) south of Lake Hayq, at the edge of the Ethiopian highlands.[2]

Despite the care Eslamu took in deploying his men, and the number of them, the Ethiopian army panicked and fled when the Imam's cannons cut down thousands of them.[1] The Futuh al-Habasha compared the number of dead and wounded to the previous Battle of Shimbra Kure.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Frederick A. Edwards. The Conquest of Abyssinia pp.335. 
  2. ^ Cited in Sihab ad-Din Ahmad bin 'Abd al-Qader, Futuh al-Habasa: The conquest of Ethiopia, translated by Paul Lester Stenhouse with annotations by Richard Pankhurst (Hollywood: Tsehai, 2003), p. 35n. 137.
  3. ^ Sihab ad-Din Ahmad, Futuh, p. 139.