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Fetha Negest

    The '''Fetha Negest''' ፍጥሐ ነገሥት ("Laws of the Kings") is a legal code compiled around 1240 by the Coptic Christianity|Coptic Egyptian Christian writer 'Abul Fada'il Ibn al-'Assal in Arabic language|Arabic 'Ibn al-Assal took his laws partly from apostolic writings and partly from former law codes of the Byzantine rulers such as Justinian
    There are a few historical records claiming that this law code was translated into Ge'ez and entered Ethiopia around 1450 in the reign of Zara Yaqob Even so, its first recorded use in the function of a constitution (supreme law of the land) is with Sarsa Dengel beginning in 1563
    The Fetha Negest remained the supreme law in Ethiopia until 1931 when a modern-style Constitution was first granted by Emperor Haile Selassie I

    References

    Fetha Nagast: The Law of the Kings (English translation from Ge'ez by Abba Paulos Tzadua and edited by Peter L. Strauss) 1968: Faculty of Law Haile Sellassie I University Addis Ababa