Abasa, Awdal

Location in Somaliland.
Coordinates: 10°08′00″N 43°13′00″E / 10.13333°N 43.21667°E / 10.13333; 43.21667Coordinates: 10°08′00″N 43°13′00″E / 10.13333°N 43.21667°E / 10.13333; 43.21667
Country Somaliland
Region Awdal
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Abasa is an ancient town in the northwestern Awdal region of Somaliland.


Abasa is situated about 25 km to the north of Borama as the crow flies[1] on the road from Zeila. It is the most impressive of the ruins around Borama. A large town, it features numerous ruined structures stretching over a wide area. The buildings were built in a rectangular style, and the now ruined Abasa Mosque has large columns of two different types: cylindrical and cruciform. 14th to 16th century Islamic pottery and Chinese sherds have also been found here, which are believed to be relics from the Adal Sultanate's commercial activities.[2]


The region around the ancient town is inhabited by the Reer Ahamed branch of the Jibriil Yoonis, a subclan of the Gadabuursi Dir clan.[3]

See also


  1. Somaliland: With Addis Ababa and Eastern Ethiopia,
  2. Chittick, Neville (1975). An Archaeological Reconnaissance of the Horn: The British-Somali Expedition. pp. 117–133.
  3. Hayward, R. J.; Lewis, I. M. (2005-08-17). Voice and Power. Routledge. ISBN 9781135751753.


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