State‐Community Relations in Yemen: Soqotra’s Historical Formation as a Sub‐National Polity

  title={State‐Community Relations in Yemen: Soqotra’s Historical Formation as a Sub‐National Polity},
  author={Serge D. Elie},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  pages={363 - 393}
  • Serge D. Elie
  • Published 25 November 2009
  • Sociology
  • History and Anthropology
Soqotra Island, the remote border outpost of the Yemeni state in the Indian Ocean, is a community of mixed ethnic composition with a non‐Arabic mother tongue. It offers an ideal socio‐political context for the study of state–community relations in terms of polity formation as part of a political incorporation process. This focus provides a corrective to the still dominant segmentary society paradigm and its tribes‐driven state politics in the anthropological discourse on Yemen. Polity formation… 
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