Jews and Muslims in Lower Yemen: A Study in Protection and Restraint, 1918-1949

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This fascinating microhistory unveils networks of extended interpersonal relationships between Jewish villagers and members of their Muslim surroundings in the decades preceding their 1949 departure from Lower Yemen. In a multi-layered narrative crafted from letters and legal documents in Arabic and an accompanying supply of Judeo-Arabic narratives, the book portrays how religiously subordinated individuals strove to pursue their interests without forgoing the protection of the dominant majority. At once shedding new light on both Jewish history and on rural Yemeni-Muslim history, the work provides a rare, pre-republican (pre-1962) portrait of rural life in Lower Yemen while positioning the Jewish community in the context of hitherto little-understood social, legal, economic and political systems.

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Isaac Hollander, Ph.D. (2001), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has taught at the Hebrew University, the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Sources and method 1
Ch. 2 The framework 30
Ch. 3 Foundations of a working hypothesis 70
Ch. 4 The shaykh and the Aqil 118
Ch. 5 Jizya headmanship - and Hayyim Misha 162
Ch. 6 Yahya Hayyim and jizya headmanship 202
Ch. 7 Towards a conclusion : supplanted authorities and reinterpreted relationships 222
Ch. 8 Bilad al-Adharib and the Bani al-Munifi 254
Ch. 9 The brink of dhimma : negotiating with the Bani al-Munifi of Bilad al-Adharib 311
Ch. 10 A threshold crossed : Yahya Hayyim and Hajj Muhammad of Bilad al-Hayqi 336
App. A Epilogue 413
App. B Notes on the grain-storage function 429
App. C Gregorian/Hijra years and table of events (1918-1949) 435
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