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Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground
Robert D. Kaplan
1400061326
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
It is the dawn of the 21st century, and the United States has appropriated the entire Earth. So journalist Robert Kaplan writes in his paean to the American fighting man and woman, Imperial Grunts. The U.S. has quietly--with little public debate--forged an empire that is "ready to flood the most obscure areas of it with troops at a moment's notice," writes Kaplan, a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly magazine who has written 10 earlier books on foreign affairs and travel, including the acclaimed Balkan Ghosts. Imperial Grunts is Kaplan's account of his travels to the frontiers of the U.S. imperium. From the dustbowl of northern Yemen to the coca fields of Colombia and the insurgent hotbed of Fallujah, Kaplan takes readers to the war-torn edges of the U.S. empire and visits with front-line grunts who guard it and...


On the Edge of Empire: Hadhramawt, Emigration, and the Indian Ocean, 1880S-1930s (S U N Y Series in Near Eastern Studies)
Linda Boxberger
0791452182
June 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
The social and political history of Qu'ayti and Kathiri sultanates of Hadhramawt during their gradual incorporation into the British Empire. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From the Back Cover
Offering a new perspective on a little-studied society, On the Edge of Empire examines the gradual incorporation of the Qu`ayti and Kathiri sultanates of Hadhramawt in the southern Arabian Peninsula into the British Empire during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Boxberger shows how changes in political and social institutions fostered contestation at all levels, from rivalries over territory and political power, to heated debates over religious and educational reform, to efforts to regulate wedding customs and women's dress. Based on extensive...


The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee
Stewart Lee Allen
0345441494
March 2003
Paperback
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Review
"Stewart Lee Allen is the Hunter S. Thompson of coffee, offering a wild, caffeinated, gonzo tour of the World of the Magic Bean. His wry, adventurous prose delights, astonishes, amuses, and informs."
--MARK PENDERGRAST
   Author of Uncommon Grounds:
   The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

Review
"Stewart Lee Allen is the Hunter S. Thompson of coffee, offering a wild, caffeinated, gonzo tour of the World of the Magic Bean. His wry, adventurous prose delights, astonishes, amuses, and informs."
--MARK PENDERGRAST
   Author of Uncommon Grounds:
   The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

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The Red Sea Terror Triangle : Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Islamic Terror
Shaul Shay
0765802473
January 1, 2005
Hardcover
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Operation Esther
Hayim Tawil
0966757505
Nov 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Can ordinary people play a role on the stage of international diplomacy? Can just a few individuals deeply concerned about their brethren in a foreign land, persuade the government of a superpower to share their concern and persuade the government of another country to acknowledge and remedy a long-standing injustice?

Contrary to what cynics might assume, the tale of human rights activism told in Operation Esther proves that the answer to these questions, at least sometimes, is an unequivocal yes.

The world long believed that the Jewish populace of the Arab land of Yemen had been evacuated to Israel in 1949. In fact, however, several thousand Yemeni Jews remained behind. Unjust laws prevented them from leaving and cut off all communication with their families in Israel. As the years passed, children abroad had...



In Search of Myths and Heroes: Exploring Four Epic Legends
Michael Wood
0520247248
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this compelling new book, accompanying the PBS television series of the same name, historian Michael Wood, whose renowned adventures have taken him to many remote and exciting places around the globe, now goes in search of four powerful legends: Shangri-La, the Golden Fleece, the Queen of Sheba, and the Holy Grail. Gorgeously illustrated by Steve Razzetti, with full-color photographs of some of the most beautiful landscapes and cities on earth, In Search of Myths and Heroes is a series of real journeys to real places and an encounter with the living descendants of the ancient cultures that produced the four legends. From the mountains of Tibet to the coasts of Ethiopia and Yemen to the city of Jerusalem and the far west of Ireland, Wood brings us along as he separates fact from fiction and discovers why these...


Counter-Narratives
Madawi Al-Rasheed
1403963878
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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Review
"This volume is an important step in the effort to bring the study of the politics of the Arabian Peninsula into the mainstream of scholarship and to bring the full range of scholarly approaches to the study of the Peninsula. It breaks new ground on both empirical and interpretative levels."-- F. Gregory Gause, III, Director of the Middle East Studies Program, University of Vermont

"Counter-Narratives brings together some of the finest new scholarship on the Arabian Peninsula. The contributors offer a rich analysis of social identity, political belonging, and historical transformation in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The book illuminates the differing roles of imperial powers, local hierarchies, intellectual reformers, oil companies, and other actors in shaping the region's modern politics. Conventional images of a world...


After the Eagles Landed: The Yemenites of Israel
Herbert S. Lewis
0881338109
November 1994
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Book Description
Israel's Jewish population is remarkably diverse, composed of peoples from more than sixty countries and six continents. Especially prominent in this medley are the Jews from Yemen, who have occupied a special position in the social, economic, religious, and artistic life of the Jewish community for more than a century. This study examines many aspects of the adaptation of the Jews of Yemen to life in Israel. It is based on extensive fieldwork centered on the Yemenite community of a small city but broadened with comparative material from all over the country. The work examines the history of these people as well as their current social, religious, and economic life. In looking at the Yemenites and urban life in Israel, the book sheds valuable light on the controversial topic of ethnic integration in Israel.


Yemen
Sandra Weber
0791065138
August 2002
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
A history of the nation of Yemen and a discussion of its role in the Middle East.


The Fatimids and Their Successors in Yaman: The History of an Islamic Community
Ayman Fu'ad Sayyid (Editor)
1860646905
March 19, 2003
Hardcover
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Review
"...remarkable for its accuracy in every respect...a fine piece of scholarship..."--Caesar E. Farah, Digest of Middle East Studies


Epistles of Maimonides: Crisis and Leadership
Moses Maimonides
0827604300
August 1992
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)


Lightning Over Yemen
Clive Smith
1860648363
Sept 2002
Hardcover
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Review
". . . an intense description of a key moment in history, which Smith has succeeded in making highly readable."--Venetia Porter, Cornucopia Magazine


Yemen
Anna Hestler
0761409564
April 1999
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-High-quality, full-color photography combines with clearly written text and meaningful sidebars to create informative and attractive overviews of modern life in other countries. The chapters are well organized and include the most sought-after material for reports such as history, geography, government, economy, society, and religions. They also cover food, festivals, the arts, and leisure activities. Topographical and political maps are clear with map indexes and keys. A "Quick Notes" page, bibliography, and glossary are appended. Both volumes emphasize the influence of geographic location on a country's socioeconomic status. Yemen includes much detail about Arabic culture and the Muslim influence on the area. Mongolia is shown as an interesting blend of the cultures of Asia. Both books provide...


Yemen Chronicle : An Anthropology of War and Mediation
Steven C. Caton
0809027259
October 12, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The oral poetry of Yemeni tribesmen would seem an easy subject for a long, placid bout of scholarly research, but a crisis erupted during Caton's fieldwork in North Yemen, where he lived from 1979 to 1981, when a youth in his village abducted two young girls from a neighboring tribe. The kidnapping sparked a brief intertribal war with nationwide repercussions. The Yemenis hashed out the dispute in oral poetry recitations, and the author found in his arcane dissertation topic the perfect window onto the harsh cultural codes and byzantine politics of this fascinating society. A Harvard anthropologist, Caton (Lawrence of Arabia: A Film's Anthropology) provides many poetry samples along with detailed exegeses of the policy implications of their florid metaphors. (Imagine Social Security reform...


Arabia Felix
Alessandro De Maigret
1900988070
Dec 2002
Hardcover
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History of Modern Yemen
Paul Dresch
052179482X
January 2001
Paperback
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Review
'If you have time to read a single book on Yemen's recent past, Paul Dresch's A History of Modern Yemen is the one for you.' American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
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Book Description
Yemen's modern history is unique and deserves to be better understood. While the borders of most Middle East states were defined by colonial powers after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a single Yemeni state was not formed until 1990. In fact, much of Yemen's twentieth-century history was taken up constructing such a state, forged after years of civil war. The book is augmented by illustrations, maps and a detailed chronology.

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Yemen : The Unknown Arabia
Tim Mackintosh-Smith
1585671398
May 1, 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
Englishman Tim Mackintosh-Smith was studying Arabic at Oxford when he visited Yemen, a forgotten country at the heel of the Arabian peninsula, and became obsessed with the place and its language. He's lived there since 1982, and this book--marketed as travel writing but more a blend of personal memoir and national history--is the result. There are certainly travel episodes, such as a trip to the remote island of Susqatra where the Gulf of Aden meets the Indian Ocean. Yet Yemen is more the product of a man gone native than a visitor with an itinerary. Indeed, Mackintosh-Smith offers a forthright defense of the country's lotus-like drug culture, which centers on qat, a leaf that produces a narcotic effect when chewed. "We qat chewers, if we are to believe everything that is said about us, are at best profligates, at worst...


The Jews of Yemen
Joseph Tobi
9004112650
Jan 1999
Hardcover
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Kidnapped in Yemen : One Woman's Amazing Escape from Captivity
Mary Quin
159228728X
June 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Booklist
A high-level Xerox executive who loves adventure, Quin joins a small group touring Yemen over Christmas 1998, and 19 tourists travel around that conservative Islamic country in five Toyota Land Cruisers. As the convoy heads south out of the mountains, it is intercepted by armed Yemeni kidnappers who apparently want hostages for a prisoner exchange. The Yemeni army stages a rescue attempt, and four tourists and two kidnappers are killed. Unlike a typical survivor of such an attack, Quin is not content to return to her cushy job and beautiful Rochester home. Desperate for information about the kidnappers, she scours the Internet researching their subsequent trial, their motives, and their prior political activities. In the summer of 2000, she resigns her job and becomes involved with global women's rights issues. She...


Tribes, Government, and History in Yemen
Paul Dresch
0198277903
January 1994
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Paul Dresch here combines ethnography with history to describe the system of sedentary tribes in South Arabia--a strategically sensitive part of the world--over the past thousand years. He examines the values and traditions the tribal people bring to the contemporary world of nation-states,
and discusses the relation of the major tribes to pre-modern Islamic learning, the Zaydi Imamate, ideas of contemporary statehood, and the area as a whole. Dresch's unique and provocative insights are of increasing value given the increased Western involvement with Yemen since 1989, the union of the
two Yemens in 1990, and the country's first free election in 1993.


ADEN INSURGENCY : The Savage War in South Arabia 1962-87
Jonathan Walker
1862272255
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Featuring vivid eyewitness accounts from combatants, civilians and terrorists alike, a new, riveting and important account of Britain's last End of Empire conflict. As Cold War tensions escalated, a brutal fight was contested with the rebel tribes of the wild interior as well as terrorist assassins in the back streets of Aden.

Revealing the truth behind the 'Mad Mitch' legend and his clash with the high command and the successes and disasters of early SAS operation, this is one of the very few modern studies to examine Britain's clandestine war in neighboring Yemen alongside her conflict in South America.


Winter in Arabia
Freya Stark
1585672904
April 2002
Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
A treasure of rare distinction among travel books.

The Times Literary Supplement (London)
To read such a book...is to be proud and thankful. For here is a lovely charity and calm courage.

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Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250 (Pelican History of Art Series)
Richard Ettinghausen
0300088698
July 2003
Textbook Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
From the Dome of the Rock to a pair of gold earrings, all manner of art is explored in a new edition of Islamic Art and Architecture 650-1250, which surveys works from Spain, Northern Africa and the Middle East. With new illustrations and an expanded text by the late New York University Institute of Fine Arts professor Richard Ettinghausen, Princeton University Institute for Advanced Studies history professor Oleg Grabar and Metropolitan Museum of Art Islamic art curator Marilyn Jenkins-Madina, the book traces the growth of art centers in Muslim lands and examines buildings, textiles, books, ceramics and other forms. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal
This is the second edition...


Revival and Reform in Islam : The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization)
Bernard Haykel, David Morgan (Series Editor)
0521528909
May 27, 2003
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Book Description
This intellectual biography of Muhammad al-Shawkani, one of the founding fathers of modern Islamic reformism, is also a study of an important transitional period in Yemeni history which saw the shift from traditional Shi'ism to Sunni reformism. The transition propelled political, religious and social change. While Shawkani espoused a socio-religious order which echoed aspects of Western thinking, the book demonstrates that it was indigenous to Islamic thought. Shawkani's ideas remain vital to the intellectual debates happening in Islam today.

About the Author
Bernard Haykel is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and History in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at New York University.

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