The co-op bookstore for avid readers
Book Cover for: Year of the Elephant, Jesse Russell

Year of the Elephant

Jesse Russell

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Year of the Elephant (Arabic: عام الفيل, ˤĀmu l-Fīl) is the name in Islamic history for the year approximately equating to 570 AD. According to Islamic tradition, it was in this year that Muhammad was born. The name is derived from an event said to have occurred at Mecca in which Abraha, the Christian ruler of the principality of Sheba in Yemen (although differing accounts make him either a viceroy of the Axumite Empire under the Byzantine empire rule or as having broken away and styled himself King of Yemen; the scholarly consensus from inscriptions is that his domain was limited to Yemen and adjoining areas, he started out as a viceroy of the Ethiopians then, declared himself king), marched upon the Kaaba with a large army, which included one or more elephants, intending to demolish it. However, the elephant is said to have stopped at the boundary around Mecca, and refused to enter. The year came to be known as the Year of the Elephant, beginning a trend for reckoning the years in the Arabian Peninsula used until it was replaced with the Islamic calendar during the rule of Umar

Book Details

  • Publisher: Book on Demand Ltd.
  • Publish Date: Jan 26th, 2013
  • Pages: 82
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 11.00in - 8.25in - 0.17in - 0.45lb
  • EAN: 9785511860152