Library Highlight: Afar history from within

As a gift from a descendant of the authors, the ASCL library received a copy of Al Manhal, The Source in the History and Narratives of the Afar (Danakil). The book was published in Egypt in 2018 and is the English translation of the Arabic edition that appeared in 1997 in Egypt. It is written by two authors, Sheikh Gamal A-Din Ibrahim Khalil A-Shami, from Tio on the Red Sea coast (today’s Eritrea), and his son Hashim Gamal A-Shami, but father and son did not write the book together. The father’s two handwritten Arabic manuscripts were found only after his death in Tio in 1960. Al Manhal is the subject of our latest LIbrary Highlight!