Among recent scholars who have investigated belief systems and their implications to the modern society are Moore-Thomas (2008); Matshali (2009); Webb (2012); Naipaul (2010); Zauditu
(2007); Ogungbile (2002), Murray (2008); Koepping (2007); Sabar (2010); Wiegink (2013); Jenkins (2011); Oladipupo (2010); Chabal (2009); Hugo and Wiegink (2011); de Boek (2007) and Ranger (2006).
The coronation on 2 November 1930 of Haile Selassie, who had already been the "strong man" (de facto ruler) of Ethiopia (as "regent" and proclaimed "heir apparent") during the reign of his predecessor, Empress Zauditu
, was viewed as a political landmark.
As a result he was deposed in 1916 and Menelik's daughter, Zauditu
, was proclaimed Empress with Ras Tafari as Regent.
The deposition of Lej Iyasu and the civil war which followed still left the situation uncertain but the installation of Menelik's daughter, Zauditu
, as Empress, with Ras Tafari Makonen as Regent, (the later Emperor, Haile Selassie I) received British approval and support(14) and undermined any moves the Mullah might have made to secure Ethiopian support from his exploits against the "infidels" -- the British (and possibly the Italians).