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Author Ḥabshush, Ḥayyim, 1839-1899, author.

Title A vision of Yemen : the travels of a European Orientalist and his native guide : a translation of Hayyim Habshush's travelogue / Alan Verskin
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 254 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Ḥayyim Ḥabshūsh and the European explorers -- The people and politics of Yemen -- A note on the text and translation -- A vision of Yemen by Ḥayyim Ḥabshūsh -- Arrival in Yemen -- Excavations in Ghaymān -- Jews, Muslims and foreigners in Ṣanʻāʼ -- Strangers among the tribes -- Clients and patrons -- Death and ruins -- Jews bearing arms -- An ordeal in the desert -- The honor code of the Najrānī Jews -- Persecution -- The Bedouin -- The city of Mārib and return to Ṣanʻāʼ
Summary In 1869, Hayyim Habshush, a Yemeni Jew, accompanied the European orientalist Joseph Halévy on his archaeological tour of Yemen. Twenty years later, Habshush wrote A Vision of Yemen, a memoir of their travels, that provides a vivid account of daily life, religion, and politics. More than a simple travelogue, it is a work of trickster-tales, thick anthropological descriptions, and reflections on Jewish-Muslim relations. At its heart lies the fractious and intimate relationship between the Yemeni coppersmith and the "enlightened" European scholar and the collision between the cultures each represents. The book thus offers a powerful indigenous response to European Orientalism. This edition is the first English translation of Habshush's writings from the original Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew and includes an accessible historical introduction to the work. The translation maintains Habshush's gripping style and rich portrayal of the diverse communities and cultures of Yemen, offering a potent mixture of artful storytelling and cultural criticism, suffused with humor and empathy. Habshush writes about the daily lives of men and women, rich and poor, Jewish and Muslim, during a turbulent period of war and both Ottoman and European imperialist encroachment. With this translation, Alan Verskin recovers the lost voice of a man passionately committed to his land and people
Notes English translation of: Ruʼyā al-Yaman
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ḥabshush, Ḥayyim, 1839-1899 -- Travel -- Yemen (Republic)
Halévy, J. (Joseph), 1827-1917 -- Travel -- Yemen (Republic)
SUBJECT Ḥabshush, Ḥayyim, 1839-1899 fast
Halévy, J. (Joseph), 1827-1917 fast
Subject Jews -- Travel -- Yemen (Republic)
Jews -- Yemen (Republic) -- Social life and customs
Jewish-Arab relations.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Jews -- Travel
Jews -- Social life and customs
Jewish-Arab relations
Ethnic relations
Manners and customs
SUBJECT Yemen (Republic) -- Description and travel.
Yemen (Republic) -- Social life and customs
Yemen (Republic) -- Ethnic relations
Subject Yemen (Republic)
Genre/Form Travel writing
Travel writing.
Récits de voyages.
Form Electronic book
Author Verskin, Alan, translator, writer of introduction
ISBN 9781503607743
Other Titles Ruʼyā al-Yaman. English