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Islam, Memory, and Morality in Yemen : Ruling Families in Transition - Gabriele Vom Bruck

Islam, Memory, and Morality in Yemen

Ruling Families in Transition

Paperback Published: 3rd November 2005
ISBN: 9781403966650
Number Of Pages: 348

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Islam, Memory, and Morality in Yemen tells a story of a Yemeni hereditary elite which was overthrown in the 1962 revolution in North Yemen. For over a millennium, they had enjoyed exclusive rights to the leadership of the Imamate, the religiously sanctioned state. Following the violent removal from power of King Faysal of Iraq in 1958, the overthrow of the Yemeni Imamate - the longest lasting Hashimite rule in the Middle East - confirmed the decline of Hashimite power (held by ruling generations claiming descent from the Prophet Muhammad). However, rather than concentrating on recent political history, Islam, Memory, and Morality in Yemen highlights the personal predicament of those targeted by the revolution, in which they served as the foil for the new regime's moral and political ascendancy. Focusing on the cultural politics of memory, the book explores how members of the elite remember in the process of making sense of their current lives and formulating responses to adversity.

"This highly original book offers fresh insight into how traditional ideas of person, society, and responsibility, reworked in the cauldron of revolution and rapidly changing economic and political conditions, remain central to understanding contemporary society and identity politics. Always clear and accessible, Vom Bruck integrates the perspectives of women and men, seamlessly showing how Yemenis of different generations and positions in society struggle to interpret what happened to the Yemen-and to themselves-in the past. This riveting account offers vital keys to understanding contemporary social, religious, and political trends in the Yemen and elsewhere." - Dale Eickelman, Dartmouth College

List of Figures and Illustrations
Foreword--Fred Halliday
Introduction: Locating Memory: The Politics of Incorporation and Differentiation
The House of the Prophet
The Zaydi Elite during the 20th Century Imamate
The Anatomy of Houses
Growing to Be `Alid
Snapshots of Childhood
Performing Kinship
Self-Fashioning in the Idiom of Tradition
The Politics of Motherhood
Marriage in the Age of Revolution
"Ulama of a Different Kind"
The Moral Economy of Taste
Engaging Difference
Defining through Defaming
Memory, Trauma, Self identification
History through the Looking-Glass
Conclusion: Frontiers of Memory
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ISBN: 9781403966650
ISBN-10: 1403966656
Series: Contemporary Anthropology of Religion (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 3rd November 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.03 x 14.53  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1