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Recommended Reading

Below are books I recommend on Yemen, divided into four categories based on nothing other than my own biases.



General/Accessible:



Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land, Tim Mackintosh-Smith

(US Title: Yemen: The Unknown Arabia)

My all-time favorite book on Yemen



Specialist/Scholarly



A History of Modern Yemen, Paul Dresch

A Dense but highly informative read on the history of 20th Century Yemen





Revival and Reform in Islam: The Legacy of Muhammad al-Shawkani, Bernard Haykel

An excellent history of some of the theological underpinnings of modern Yemen.



A Tribal Order, Shelagh Weir

Excellent book that is focused on tribes and politics in Sa’dah, not on the Huthi conflict



San’a: An Arabian Islamic City, RB Serjeant and Ronald Lewcock eds.

The Holy Grail of Yemen Books



Mawla’i Level (if you don’t get the reference stay away from this section)



Tribes, Government and History in Yemen
, Paul Dresch

Excellent source of information that challenges the reader



Ma’sah waq al-waq, Muhammad Mahmud al-Zubayri

(The Tragedy of Waq al-waq)

One of the handful of founding sources for this blog



Reference Level



Mu’ajim al-Buldan wa al-qaba’il al-yamaniyya, Ibrahim Ahmad al-Maqhafi

Yemeni Geographical and Tribal dictionary – indispensable



Al-mausu’a al-yamaniyya, Dar al-Afif (2nd ed. 4 vols)

Yemeni Encyclopedia – sits next to my desk


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