On the Edge of Empire: Hadhramawt, Emigration, and the Indian Ocean, 1880s-1930s
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 fieldwork, this ethnographic and historical narrative draws upon a wide variety of sources, including British documents and accounts; local documents, manuscripts and rare printed materials; extensive interviews with Hadhrami elders from all walks of life; and proverbs, poetry, and tribal lore. Clearly written and richly textured, this book is a welcome contribution to the study of Yemen, the historical ethnography of the Middle East, and the literature on the Islamic societies of the Indian Ocean littoral.
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Identity in Hadhrami Society
Hadhrami Emigration and the Mahjar
Urban and Rural Life in the Interior
Urban and Rural Life on the Coast and Its Hinterland
Rites of Passage Ceremonies and Social Critique
Religious Belief Practice and Education Tradition Revival and Critique
The Two Sultanates Rivals from Inception to Union 1880s to 1918
The Sultanates Challengers and Reformers 1918 to 1936
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