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In Search of King Solomon's Mines: A Quest in Ethiopia

In Search of King Solomon's Mines: A Quest in Ethiopia
Tahir Shah

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It began with a map in Jerusalem. The map showed a trail leading to the fabled mines of King Solomon, which have enthralled and tormented all those who have searched for them. Bewitched by the legends, Tahir Shah resolved to take up the quest. Chasing clues from past travellers' tales and local folklore to the Copper Scroll and the Kebra Negast, Shah is led to Ethiopia, whose emperors trace descent from the son born to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, and where gold has been mined for millennia.In Harar he feeds wild hyenas that are said to guard Solomon's treasure. He visits an illegal gold mine where hundreds of men, women and children toil in a biblical hell and explores the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, where the 'Gold of Sheba' is kept. Shah's desire is to reach the cursed mountain of Tullu Wallel where, decades before, an English adventurer claimed to have discovered Solomon's treasure. "In Search of King Solomon's Mines" is an astonishing journey into the heart of one of history's greatest unsolved mysteries.

Author Info

Tahir Shah is the author of eleven books observing life in Africa, Asia and Latin America. As well as searching for the gold mines of King Solomon in Ethiopia, he has mounted expeditions to find the lost treasure of the Mughals in Afghanistan and an extensive jungle expedition to locate Paititi, the Lost City of the Incas in Peru. His many acclaimed books include 'House of the Tiger King',' Sorcerer's Apprentice', 'Trail of Feathers', 'Beyond the Devil's Teeth' and 'The Caliph's House', which was named by Time Magazine as one of the Top Ten Books of 2006. He lives in Casablanca with his wife and two small children.


"An extraordinary adventure, vividly described." Wilfred Thesiger "Freewheeling and uproarious." Justin Marozzi, The Spectator Simple and elegant, subtly self-deprecating and often hilarious
worth its weight in gold." Time"

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781845116989
Publication Date: 30 Jun 2008
Number of Pages: 256
Illustrations: 16pp 1/1 plates

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