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Old June 21st, 2013, 03:03 PM   #1

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Did aksumite pirates really invade and occupy jeddah?(702AD)

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in 702 Aksumite pirates were able to invade the Hejaz and occupy Jeddah. In retaliation, however, Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik was able to take the Dahlak Archipelago from Aksum, which became Muslim from that point on, though later recovered in the 9th century and vassal to the Emperor of Ethiopia.[9]
There's very little info between the conflicts of Islamic armies and the empire of aksum, so I've had little luck finding info on this, sounds interesting though. Apparently umar bin khattab sent a naval expedition against adulis(chief port of aksum empire) in 640 but it was defeated, but who knows for sure. I find it odd that there would be little documentation of this even though both of the warring empires had developed writing. There's tons of info against the Byzantine Arab wars and the invasion of Sassanid Iran, not much in the red sea theatre though...

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Old June 22nd, 2013, 01:16 AM   #2
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the Aksum empire were never a Hasbasha empire.. all the great historians are confused about WHO the aksum empire actully were, and now days, you will see the semetic ethiopians claiming it..

But they never converted to islam, and the fact that the Zagwe empire, which replaced, the aksum empire, made alot of doubt about WHO actully were the rulers of Aksum.. and remember Zagwe empire being cushites! so how can cushites all of sudden replace them.. but the reality is, they were no semetic hasbasha rulers, but cushtics.. they builed the empire after they fled acient egypt.. and there buildnings reminds of the ancient egyptians..

and those WHO converted to Islam were the somalis after that.. WHO also happen to live in the same area..

that is why there were no wars.. the abbysinian empire first started in 1270...
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That is not addressing my question, and historians largely agree that the aksumite empire an indigenous creation.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 11:30 PM   #4

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Raid is different from occupation. I'd suspect it was a raid not an occupation as Jeddah and even Mecca were both raided a few times.
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