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By Clive Smith

Yemen’s inhospitable mountain levels and fiercely self sufficient humans have saved all however the so much made up our minds invader at bay; or even the Ottomans, after they entered the zone within the sixteenth century, have been not easy placed to accomplish greater than a tenuous profession of its highlands. Their army crusade used to be chronicled through Qutb al-Din al-Nahrawali, a student charged through an Ottoman common to rfile his army’s development. Lightning Over Yemen makes a useful sixteenth century Ottoman resource record to be had in English for the 1st time. Al-Nahrawali’s paintings vividly brings to existence a necessary interval within the historical past of this far-flung province of the Ottoman empire, which Clive Smith’s exemplary translation absolutely conveys.

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Then His Highness the Sharif Hasan, Almighty God preserve his glory, went in noble person to Jiddah to give orders for the transfer to Mecca of all the baggage belonging to the minister that had arrived by sea, and to be of general service to the noble sultan. He did not rely upon his own attendants and servants for the purpose since he anticipated them being inadequate, but ordered a generous banquet, of a standard fitting the occasion, to be spread for the minister in Mecca; and they spread it out in front of him.

This struck a propitious note as people were celebrating the feast. He proclaimed for them peace and security, increasing their pleasure and sense of security. Indeed, this was his first conquest without fighting and intimidation; and the mighty army took it as a good omen for conquest and approaching victory. During the minister’s stay there, the tribesmen approached him from all sides asking permission to submit and offering their loyalty. Among them          –   were the people of Sabya22 who came forward and presented themselves to him.

He had experience and understanding of such activity and had to his credit battles and victories over the Franks. He had had many encounters with them and was much wounded; and his bravery, knowledge and enterprise were renowned. He had been imprisoned by them several times and had been released; and, in turn, had taken their chiefs and leaders prisoner. He sailed with this craft to Aden, departing from the port of Mocha on Saturday  Shawwal / April . After getting the admiral ready for Aden, the minister returned to his army in Mawza‘ and was then busy fighting with the people of Mt al-Aghbar and capturing al-Qahirah.

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