Tribes, Government, and History in Yemen

Paperback | February 1, 1991

byPaul Dresch

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Professor Dresch combines ethnography with history to describe the tribal system over the last thousand years, and examines the values the tribal people themselves bring to the contemporary world of nation states. Drawing heavily on local histories and unpublished documents, as well as onthree years' field work, he discusses the place of these tribes in the world around them from the tenth century to the twentieth. Beginning and ending with the means by which tribesmen define themselves, he discusses the relation of the major tribes to the area as a whole, to pre-modern Islamic learning, the Zaydi Imamate, and ideas of contemporary statehood. This book will be of interest to readers concerned with the relation of anthropology to history and also to those from other disciplines who are concerned with Arabia past and present. It offers a fresh approach to issues which arise throughout the Middle East.

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The sedentary tribes of highland Yemen have played a prominent role in the history of South Arabia for many centuries. Combining ethnography with history, this book describes the tribal system over the last thousand years, discusses the changing place of these tribes in the world about them, and examines the values tribal people bring ...

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Professor Dresch combines ethnography with history to describe the tribal system over the last thousand years, and examines the values the tribal people themselves bring to the contemporary world of nation states. Drawing heavily on local histories and unpublished documents, as well as onthree years' field work, he discusses the place...

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The sedentary tribes of highland Yemen have played a prominent role in the history of South Arabia for many centuries. Combining ethnography with history, this book describes the tribal system over the last thousand years, discusses the changing place of these tribes in the world about them, and examines the values tribal people bring ...

Paul Dresch is at St John's College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:470 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:February 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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The sedentary tribes of highland Yemen have played a prominent role in the history of South Arabia for many centuries. Combining ethnography with history, this book describes the tribal system over the last thousand years, discusses the changing place of these tribes in the world about them, and examines the values tribal people bring to the contemporary world of nation-states.

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`A wide-ranging study of the tribes of northern Yemen ... a rich and perceptive collection, ranging from issues in Yemeni historiography to studies of the role of tribes ... Dresch's is a demanding agenda, at once wide-ranging and flexible, and, guided by Evans-Pritchard's prudence, he has setabout his task with enthusiasm and much skill. He is rich in detail, charitably corrective of earlier writings on the subject.'Middle Eastern Studies