Lightning Over Yemen: Studies Volume: A History of the Ottoman Campaign in Yemen, 1596-71

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The military campaign of the Ottomans, when they entered the region of Yemen in the mid-16th century, was chronicled by Qutb al-Din al-Nahrawali, a scholar charged by an Ottoman general to document his army's progress. This book makes this 16th-century Ottoman source document available in English for the first time.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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LIGHTNING OVER YEMEN
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Sinans dispositions concerning Habb castle in Badan ft 23 Sinans journey over the Samarah pass to Yarim and Dhamar
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Sinans arrival at and activity in Jlzan
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Sinans journey via Dhira alKalb to Sana
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The surrender of alQahirah citadel to Taizz
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Sinans journey to Shibam its capture and the release of prisoners from
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Uthman Pashas refusal to attend Sinan for consultations
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Sinans customary visits to Kawkaban escarpment and the defeat of a Zaydl attack on his camp
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Mutahhars attack on Sinans camp with the death of his son alHadl
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Sinans capture of Habb alArus stronghold and a further unsuccessful attack on his base by Mutahhar
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Two unsuccessful attempts by Sinan to capture the stronghold of Bayt Izz and news of success in Wadi Khuban
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The Dai Abdullahs campaign in alHaymah Haraz and Sari
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The submission of Mt Tays district and Hasan Pashas movements
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Hasan Pashas engagement with Zaydi leaders in the ranges west of Kawkaban and the Dai Abdullahs capture of Mt Siwwan
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Turkish success in climbing the Mt Dula escarpment and capturing two key forts thereon flight of Muhammad b Shams alDin and other Zaydl leaders
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Sinan Pashas deliberations over the choice of route to Dhu Jiblah
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The journey to Masjid alQaah on the Maytam route
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A comparison of numbers of Turkish and Zaydi forces in the field
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The battle of Maytam and the completion of the journey to Dhu Jiblah
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The capture of the strongholds of alTakar and Bahranah
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alAridah
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The transfer of Sinans base to the plain below Kawkaban and Thula and the departure of the Dai Abdullah to collect reinforcements
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The Dai Salahs raids into Wadi Bawn
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Skirmishes between Turkish and Zaydi forces
75
The massacre of Janissaries and the dispatch of Hasan Pasha to retrieve the Dai Abdullah
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Sinans reconnaissance of Kawkaban and attacks by Mutahhar
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Hasan Pashas assignment to lay siege to Kawkaban capture of Shamat stronghold and the release of prisoners in Kawkaban
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Move of the ministers camp next to Kawkaban and the surrender and destruction of various strongholds
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Death of the Zaydl General Abu Dawud in an engagement near Thula
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Death of Muhammad b Shams alDlns twin brother and other Zaydl leaders and the submission to the sultans authority of an important sharif from the...
115
Turkish criticism of Mutahhar and his invitation to people in the Jawf and Sadah Their failure to appear on the battle field
118
Widespread rebellion from tribesmen near Sana southwards to Taizz
135
Sinan Pashas attention to the widespread disorder through dispatch
151
Mutahhars request for peace terms and Sinans agreement to them
167
Sinan Pashas transfer of the government of Yemen to Behram Pasha
181
Bibliography
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Clive Smith has spent more than two decades in the Arab world and was British Council Director in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

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