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Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict

Marieke Brandt


Tribes and Politics in Yemen tells the story of the Houthi conflict in Sa’dah Province, Yemen, as seen through the eyes of the local tribes. The Houthi conflict, which erupted in 2004, is often defined through the lenses of either the Iranian-Saudi proxy war or the Sunni–Shia divide. Yet, as experienced by locals, the Houthi conflict is much more deeply rooted in the recent history of Sa’dah Province and northern Yemen. Its origins must be sought in the political, economic, social and sectarian transformations since the 1960s civil war and their repercussions on the local society, which is dom ... More

Keywords: Anthropology, tribe, Yemen, Iranian Saudi war, Houthi, Sunni Shia, civil war, sectarianism, fieldwork, Digital Anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190673598
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190673598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marieke Brandt, author
Austrian Academy of Sciences