A Tribal Order: Politics and Law in the Mountains of Yemen

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GLOSSARY

Note: Rāziḥī meanings are given, which sometimes differ from elsewhere.

abū father

ahl al-ḥuqūq tax officials

ahl al-naqṣ bereaved family

ahl al-ṣaḥab allies; co-signatories of a pact; secondary guarantors

akh pls. akhwah, akhwān brother; ally

āl people of; descendants of

amin security

amīn pl. umanā’ hamlet headman

amr order; summons; government rule

amīr ruler (esp. in ʿAsīr); “prince” in imamate

arsh compensation for injury

aṣlī original; authentic

aʿyān al-qabīlah tribal elders, notables

ʿabd pl. ʿbīd slave; henchman

ʿālim pl. ʿulamā’ scholar of religious “sciences”

ʿāmil pls. ʿāmilīn, ʿummāl tax collector; governor

ʿāqīrah pl. ʿaqāyir slaughter-beast

ʿār potential source of male disgrace

ʿarḍ pl. a ʿrāḍ honour; locus of honour

ʿaṣabiyyah ganging-up

ʿayb pls. ʿayūb, ʿawāyib wrong; disgrace; penalty

barāḥah female expedition to collect wood or fodder

barakah God’s blessing; rain

bay ʿah oath of allegiance

bāyis pl. bawāyis specially protected categories

bayt pl. buyūt house; family; clan (pl. abyāt)

bilād territory; homeland

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xv
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I - The Tribal System 9
  • Chapter One - Environment and Economy 11
  • Chapter Two - Social and Political Inequality 37
  • Chapter Three - The Tribes of RĀZih 66
  • Chapter Four - Tribal Leadership 95
  • Chapter Five - Wider Structures and Relations 121
  • Part II - Tribal Governance 141
  • Chapter Six - Principles, Rules, and Sanctions 143
  • Chapter Seven - Enforcing the Law 167
  • Chapter Eight - Conflict and Violence 190
  • Part III - The State-TrİBe RelationshİP 227
  • Chapter Nine - The QĀSim PerİOd 229
  • Chapter Ten - The ḤamĪd Al-Dīn PerİOd 256
  • Chapter Eleven - The RepublİCan PerİOd 284
  • Conclusions 307
  • Appendix 1 - Chronology of Events Affecting RĀZiḤ- 1530S–1990S 315
  • Appendix 2 - Catalogue of RĀZiḤĪ Documents 321
  • Notes 343
  • Glossary 355
  • Bibliography 359
  • Index 375
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