On the Edge of Empire: Hadhramawt, Emigration, and the by Linda Boxberger

By Linda Boxberger

The social and political heritage of Qu'ayti and Kathiri sultanates of Hadhramawt in the course of their sluggish incorporation into the British Empire.

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61 The association of these working people with the earth had a negative connotation; they were identiµed with soil, straw, and dung, but not with the ownership of land. ”62 The life experience of this group was marked by hard labor and a marginal social and economic status. Neither men nor women had the opportunity to acquire even rudimentary education. Farmers’ contractual agreements with landowners included the labor of the farmers’ entire families, with women and children having certain speciµc tasks.

The amount of jewelry these women received at the time of their marriage recognized the substantial property in the form of personal ×ocks that they took into the marriage. The women did not use indigo like the men, but stained their skin yellow with wars, a powdered herb similar to turmeric. Unlike settled women, who applied wars for the forty days after a childbirth or miscarriage, they used it all the time for protection from the elements. They decorated their faces with contrasting patterns of blue, black, green, or red.

In response to a question as to the correctness of the practice of kissing the hands of sada, he asserted that it was correct according to Shaµ‘i authorities. 23 In the early twentieth century, Sayyid ‘Alawi b. ” While the treatise was not dated, the author mentioned that the practice of taqbil was contested in 1911 by members of the Kathiri and Yaµ‘i tribes, giving no further particulars. He pointed out that legal authorities approved the kissing of the black stone at the Ka‘aba, kissing the face of a returned traveler, and kissing the face of a deceased person.

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