By Shelagh Weir
Winner, British-Kuwait Friendship Prize in center japanese reports, British Society for center jap stories, 2008
A Tribal Order describes the politico-legal process of Jabal Razih, a distant massif in northern Yemen inhabited by way of farmers and investors. opposite to the preferred snapshot of center japanese tribes as warlike, lawless, and perpetually against states, the tribes of Razih have good buildings of governance and tricky legislation and methods for keeping order and resolving conflicts with at the very least actual violence. Razihi leaders additionally traditionally cooperated with states, supplied the latter revered their customs, beliefs, and pursuits. Weir considers the program within the context of the rugged atmosphere and effective agricultural financial system of Razih, and of centuries of continuing rule by means of Zaydi Muslim regimes and (latterly) the republican governments of Yemen.
The publication relies on Weir's prolonged anthropological fieldwork on Jabal Razih, and on her unique research of countless numbers of handwritten contracts and treaties between and among the tribes and rulers of Razih. those records supply a desirable perception into tribal politics and legislations, in addition to state-tribe family, from the early 17th to the overdue 20th century. A Tribal Order can also be enriched by way of case histories that vividly light up tribal practices. total, this strangely wide-ranging paintings offers an available account of a amazing Arabian society via time.
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