A sustained relationship between Egypt and eastern Ethiopia existed, particularly in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. In the general absence of historical sources, it is archaeology that provides primary insight into how and why this relationship was maintained, particularly over the twelfth to thirteenth centuries.
This is considered through archaeological data from the trading entrepot of Harlaa, which has been the focus of excavation since 2015. The trade routes and markets linking eastern Ethiopia and Egypt will be examined and the archaeological inferences that can be drawn from this relationship regarding Cosmopolitanism in Medieval Ethiopia assessed.
A lecture by Timothy Insoll (University of Exeter) in the series "Cultures of Islam: Current Research" by the Münchner Mittelost-Mittelmeer-Mittelasien-Zentrum, 4MZ (Munich Middle East Central Asia Center).
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