By Shelagh Weir
Winner, British-Kuwait Friendship Prize in heart jap reports, British Society for center japanese experiences, 2008
A Tribal Order describes the politico-legal process of Jabal Razih, a distant massif in northern Yemen inhabited by means of farmers and investors. opposite to the preferred photo of center jap tribes as warlike, lawless, and perpetually against states, the tribes of Razih have sturdy constructions of governance and complicated legislation and strategies for holding order and resolving conflicts with at the 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 setting and efficient agricultural economic system of Razih, and of centuries of constant rule by way of Zaydi Muslim regimes and (latterly) the republican governments of Yemen.
The booklet relies on Weir's prolonged anthropological fieldwork on Jabal Razih, and on her distinct research of thousands of handwritten contracts and treaties between and among the tribes and rulers of Razih. those files offer a desirable perception into tribal politics and legislation, in addition to state-tribe family members, from the early 17th to the past due 20th century. A Tribal Order is usually enriched through case histories that vividly light up tribal practices. total, this strangely wide-ranging paintings offers an obtainable account of a extraordinary Arabian society via time.
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