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  • Elisabeth Kendall

    I thought this was a great article, beautifully written – a fascinating weave of history with current developments. Forgive me (especially as a foreigner) for taking issue with one small sentence: “From pre-Islamic times, the established historical geography of the southern Arabian peninsula placed Yemen in the far west, followed by Hadhramaut and then Dhofar with Oman in the far eastern tip of the peninsula.” Note that al-Mahra still lies between Hadhramaut and Dhofar … and it always has (cf. ancient South Arabian inscriptions; Hamdani; Tabari; Istakhri; Ibn al-Mujawir; Ibn Khaldun; and more). In any case, thanks for a terrific round up and analysis of the issues.