Society and Trade in South Arabia
This book is the fourth and final collection of Professor R.B. Serjeant's articles on the trade, commerce and society of South Arabia and the Yemen. The early articles concern trade; customary law is the next subject represented with social history and one or two incidental articles completing the volume.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Yemeni merchants and trade in Yemen, 13th-16th centuries; The Hadrami network; The Yemeni coast in 1005/1597: an anonymous note on the flyleaf of Ibn al-Majawir's Tarikh al-Mustabsir; 15th- century ’interlopers’ on the coast of Rasulid Yemen; The customary law of south-west Arabia and Bedouin justice in Jordan; Customary law documents as a source of history; Sunnah, Qur’an, ’Urf; The Fatimi - Taiyibi (Isma’i li) Da’wah. Ideologies and community; Société et gouvernement en Arabie du Sud; The Zaydi tribes of the Yemen: a new field study; Wards and quarters of towns in south-west Arabia; Zina, some forms of marriage and allied topics in Western Arabia; The Yemen poet Al-Zubayri and his polemic against Zaydi imams; Islam; A fortified tower-house in Wadi Jirdan (Wahidi Sultanate) - I & II; Tihamah notes; The coastal population of Socotra; Two 16th-century Arabian geographical works; Index.
'...there is no greater tribute to Serjeant as a scholar than the continued availability of his original and insightful work for future generations of Arabists.' Journal of Semitic Studies, Vol. 43, No. 2