Historical Dictionary of Yemen by Robert D. BurrowesHistorical Dictionary of Yemen by Robert D. Burrowes

Historical Dictionary of Yemen

byRobert D. Burrowes

Hardcover | December 22, 2009

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A small and extremely poor Islamic country, Yemen is located on the edge of the Arab world in the southernmost corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It was the product of the unification of the Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in May 1990. The location of the two Yemens on the world's busiest sea-lane at the southern end of the Red Sea where Asia almost meets Africa gave them strategic significance from the start of the age of imperialism through the Cold War. More vital today is the fact that Yemen shares a long border with oil-rich Saudi Arabia and is a key to efforts both to spread and to end global revolutionary Islam and its use of terror. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Yemen has been thoroughly updated and greatly expanded. Through its list of acronyms and abbreviations, a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries, greater attention has been given to foreign affairs, economic institutions and policies, social issues, religion, and politics.
Robert D. Burrowes was adjunct professor in the Political Science Department and the Henry M. Jackson School of international Studies (JSIS) at the University of Washington from the beginning of the 1990s until his formal retirement in 2003. He is the author of The Yemen Arab Republic: The Politics of Development, 1962-1986 (1987).
Title:Historical Dictionary of YemenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:616 pages, 8.92 × 5.95 × 1.65 inPublished:December 22, 2009Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810855283

ISBN - 13:9780810855281

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Editorial Reviews

There is a lot to like about Scarecrow's various Historical Dictionaries series. The books are written by experts in the area or country that is covered. All contain well-written brief histories of the country and chronologies that, though they cover historical time periods, heavily feature more recent events. Brief A-Z entries cover the main people, politics, social issues, foreign affairs, institutions, and policies that make the country unique. Extensive bibliographies are divided into several general subject areas....Yemen is familiar to most Americans. It has been featured prominently in national news and U.S. foreign policy recently, and the Historical Dictionary of Yemen should help the curious figure out some of the intricate tribal relations within the country as well as provide a better understanding of the unique variety of Zaydi Shi'a and Shafii Sunni Islam practiced there. In particular, the entries on the various governmental structures imposed first by the Ottomans, then by the British, as well as entries on postindependent nationalism, provide strong background on the united Yemeni government that exists today. All university libraries as well as larger public libraries will be well served.