S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥusayn
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, a saint ( walī ) of Ethiopia, whose ḳubba , in the Bale or Bali region of Oromo province, is the goal of an important popular pilgrimage. There are various orthographies of his name: Scec Hussèn, Schech Ussen (Italian), S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥusayn (Arabic), Shék Husén (Oromo, Amharic), Sheekh Xuseen (Somali), etc.

S̲h̲. Nūr Ḥusayn is said to have lived ca. A.D. 1200. Coming from Merca, on the Somaliland coast, or possibly from Harar, he was reputedly the first great preacher of Islam in the region. He was a thaumaturge, who also had the gift of ubiquitousness.…

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Rouaud, A., “S̲h̲ayk̲h̲ Ḥusayn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6893>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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