Tribes, Government, and History in Yemen by Paul Dresch

By Paul Dresch

Dresch the following combines ethnography with historical past to explain the process of sedentary tribes in South Arabia--a strategically delicate a part of the world--over the earlier thousand years. He examines the values and traditions the tribal humans convey to the modern international of geographical regions, and discusses the relation of the main tribes to pre-modern Islamic studying, the Zaydi Imamate, principles of up to date statehood, and the world as a complete.

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30. Al-qabtti mii yusalli 'alii l-nabi illii ba'd-md yadkum ra's-hu (al-Akwa' 1984: ii. 790-1). 3 I. For an indication of more recent positions adopted by historians toward anthropology and by anthropologists toward history see the special issue ofJournal of Interdisciplinary History, 12 (1981). I shall only add that in practical terms there remains a real division: anthropologists wanted certain sections of the present book greatly expanded, for instance, and historians wanted to expand quite different sections.

The last of these goes to the woman herself, the bull is slaughtered at the door of her husband's house, and the money is paid to him. If a husband struck his wife inside the house, he might pay perhaps YR 200 to her father and brothers, and she might well go home to them for a time. If he struck her in public, he might be required to pay perhaps half the fine demanded of a stranger; a set of clothes for the woman, and perhaps a ram and fifty silver thalers to her paternal kin.

The Middle East (London, May 1986) quotes what seems to me a very likely estimate by a US embassy official in San'a': 100,000 barrels/day would not compensate for the loss of income from other sources; 200,000 bId would probably do so; 400,000 bid (the projected maximum capacity) would change the economic situation noticeably but not dramatically, because of the country's relatively high population density. The political effects are likely to be more marked. Until now, Yemeni governments have rarely been able to pay for themselves without either squeezing the southern peasantry, which is what the Imams did, or taking subventions from the Saudis, which is what has often happened since.

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