Literary CornerYemeni Annals (Hawliat Yamaniyah) (vi) [Archives:2006/1006/Culture]

December 11 2006

Abu Al-Kalima Al-Tayybah
Subject Book: Yemeni Annals (Hawliat Yamaniyah)

[1224 – 1316 AH (1809 – 1898 AD)]

Author: Muhsin Bin Ahmed Al-Harazi et al

Checked and Edited by: Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hibshi

Language: Arabic

Publisher: Ministry of Information and Culture

Year Published: 1400 AH/1980 AD

No. of Pages: 661

Continuing with a year by year summary of the Annals we proceed as follows:

1258 AH (1841 – 1842 AD): The Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Hamid passes away and the succeeding Sultan Abdul-Majid Abdul-Hamid takes over as Sultan. The usual tribal insurrections here and there. The people of Haraz ask the Imam to relieve them from the occupation of the Yam tribesmen (see last Local Councils, Issue 1002). Here the author relates how a slave was able to gain so much power and influence because the Imam had trusted him, but people were complaining that the slave was taking too much duties from the merchants and from the tribesmen. The slave had even made contacts with the British, so he convinced the Imam that he should send him to Aden to make some settlement with the British and they will confirm him as Imam of Aden as well. But the slave was met by tribesmen, who wanted to loot all the money and gifts he was carrying. The author said that he had emptied the treasury in Sana'a, but the Imam let him do as he pleased. The Khowlan tribesmen were able to loot all the valuables that were with the slave and his accompaniment. Thus his mission to Aden was averted. A rebellion broke out in Sana'a because of the “oppression of the slave””. The Sheikh Rowaishan also occupied an outpost in Anis called Al-Manar “”and the author states