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YEMEN, SAUDI ARABIA, MECCA: يمن لايحه سى [Yemen Lâyıhası. Yemen ahvalinin ıslahı hakkında Siverek meb’usı Nureddin Bey tarafından Meclis-i Mebusan-i Osmaniye takdım kılınan layihadır]

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[Report on Yemen. A Statement about the Improvement of the Situation in Yemen, Presented to the Ottoman Parliament by deputy Nureddin Bey from Siverek]

 

8°, 48 pp., folding colour map, later brown cloth binding with mounted original wrappers (wrappers slightly age-toned and stained with tiny pieces of paper missing, inside in overall good condition).

 

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This work is a reply on the famous Ottoman book Yemen Tarihi (History of Yemen), published in 1910-1911, and includes the reforms (layiha), suggested at the Ottoman parliament by the deputy Nurettin Bey regarding Yemen.

In 1904, Yahya Muhammad Hamid ed-Din (1869 – 1948), the Imam of the Zaidiyyah, mounted a large-scale and well-organized rebellion that pinned down vast numbers of Ottoman troops in Yemen. Despite the best efforts of the Turkish commanders, the insurrection seemed to only gain strength as the years drew on. Eventually, the Sublime Porte, facing severe pressures elsewhere, simply could not continue paying the heavy price in blood and treasure.

In 1911, when Nurettin Bey held his speech at the parliament and warned, that Yemen was heading toward anarchy, as the gendarmerie did not perform their duties, the Ottomans made peace with Yahya Muhammad Hamid ed-Din, whereby his regime was to be given autonomous control over Northern Yemen, while technically recognizing de jure Ottoman sovereignty.

The map at the end is a copy of the map from Yemen Tarihi (History of Yemen), published in 1910-1911.

We could trace five institutional examples on Worldcat (McGill University Library, Library of Congress, Harvard Library, University of California, Los Angeles, Boğaziçi University Library).

References: ÖZEGE 22946. OCLC 949543820, 905883544 (including eBooks), 956530592.

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