Soqotra: South Arabia's Strategic Gateway and Symbolic Playground

  title={Soqotra: South Arabia's Strategic Gateway and Symbolic Playground},
  author={Serge D. Elie},
  journal={British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies},
  pages={131 - 160}
  • Serge D. Elie
  • Published 2006
  • History
  • British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
This article undertakes a critical retrospective of the symbolic appropriation process through which Soqotra was constituted as an imaginative geography, embodying the strategic desiderata of states as well as the ideational fantasies of men over millennia. The island's location on the threshold of continents (Africa and Arabia), and on a cardinal node on the sea-lanes linking the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea and beyond, subjected its internal dynamics to the maelstrom of events in the larger… Expand


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