In 1789 an Indian pilgrim stopped in Hodeidah and Mocha on his return to India. He provides a very brief account of Yemen, including a storm that almost sunk the ship he was on near Socotra. The full text is available here. I attach below the relevant sections.
Continue reading Hodeidah and Mocha in 1789
Prices for meat in the Sanaa sūq were posted on a tablet from just before the unification in Yemen in 1990.
The cost of a kilo of beef back then was 40 riyals; in February, 2019 it was reported as 1,800 riyals.
Posted on the Facebook site: صور قديمة ونادرة لليمن
The Italian author/photographer Beppe Forti provides 44 black-and-white photographs of Ṣan‘ā’ and other parts of Yemen online from 1988-1990.
The New York Times recently published an article about the possible extinction of the frankincense plant in the wild.
Frankincense is exported by the thousands of tons each year. But as demand increases, over-exploitation and ecosystem degradation are bringing populations to the brink of collapse. The study’s authors estimate that without new trees to replace the old, half the intact forests — and half the frankincense they produce — will be gone within 20 years.
Check out the article here.
The CAORC blog has an article about the Kaplan Foundation funded project to salvage items from the bombed Dhamār Museum.
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My thanks to Muhammad Gerhoum for posting this on Facebook.
A revised version of my 2018 monograph on agriculture in al-Mutawakkilite Yemen is now available at the OEAW website. This corrects a number of errors in the original version. If you downloaded the original, please replace it with the updated version. It is available through open access here.