Tribes, Government, and History in Yemen by Paul Dresch

By Paul Dresch

Dresch the following combines ethnography with background to explain the procedure 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 most important tribes to pre-modern Islamic studying, the Zaydi Imamate, rules of up to date statehood, and the realm as an entire.

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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.

No more need be said. If, however, relations were already strained and the gesture of apology were not forthcoming, the injury inflicted by a child (no notion of malice or intention is applicable) might be taken as an insult by his kin-'look what Bayt 'Ali have done now. Dirty troublemakers .. ' (here the women are speaking)-and violence might easily ensue. Antagonism ikhusmab) can sprout like weeds. In more serious cases, where the injury is greater or the presumption of malice more likely, greater gestures are needed to deny the insult.

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. In fact the historical sections have had to be somewhat cut, and neither party will be wholly satisfied with the compromise adopted. But the 'type' of history at issue dictates how one sets about dealing with it. See the thoughtful Prolegomena to Wilkinson 1987. 3 2. See also Pocock 1971: 112: 'Social anthropology ...

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