Located to the east of the country on a branch of the Ethiopian plateau, Harar has always been the heart of Muslim Ethiopia and is quite dissimilar to the rest of the country.
In medieval times it was an important trading centre and a crucial crossroads between the Red Sea and the Ethiopian highlands.
From here in 1527, Ahmed ibn Ibrihim al-Ghazi led an attack to conquer the entire country, with the result that for a few years the Christian forces were subjugated.
In the whitewashed alleyways of this ancient city (surrounded by walls) are found around one hundred mosques, which are still in use. Women dressed in dazzling colours walk among the small shops; the people are of various ethnic backgrounds: Harari, Argoba, Somali, etc. It was here that Arthur Rimbaud lived for many years, almost up to his death.
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