The ‘Mad Mullah’ and Northern Somalia

  title={The ‘Mad Mullah’ and Northern Somalia},
  author={Robert Lawrence Hess},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  pages={415 - 433}
  • R. Hess
  • Published 1 November 1964
  • History
  • The Journal of African History
In the first two decades of the twentieth century the affairs of northern Somalia were dominated by the politico-religious movement led by Muhammad Abdullah Hassan. The ‘Mad Mullah’, as he was styled by the British, proved to be an elusive adversary and at one time forced the British to evacuate their Somaliland Protectorate. The Italians too were concerned about the Mullah's dervishes, who disturbed the peace of Italy's two nominal protectorates, the sultanates of Obbia and the Mijertein, and… 
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Islam in Ethiopia
You have oppressed our ancient religion without cause
    This estimate of the Mullah's strength was sent by the British Consul-General
    • Colonel J. Hayes-Sadler
    northeast Africa and consequently is more widespread than the more recent orders
    • 1952
    If you want war, we accept it; but if you want peace, pay the fine