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By Caesar E. Farah

When the Ottoman empire restored direct rule over Yemen, it led to an onslaught of overseas encroachments by way of British and Italian purchaser tribes and chieftans within the Arabian peninsula. during this concise account of the historical past of the political rivalries confronting Ottoman Yemen, Caesar E. Farah delineates a few of the army campaigns to regain keep watch over over Yemen, whereas supplying beneficial perception into the method of pacification during this severe nook of Arabia.

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Such conduct called for exemplary retribution, and the government of India argued this had been done with the utmost delicacy towards the Sublime Porte. Hastings allegedly informed MuhšDPPDG µ$O¯ of his intentions to blockade Mocha and assured him at the same time of his specific intentions, regretting later the extremities engaged in by the expeditionary force sent to Mocha. Assuming it was a mistake, it could be explained, he submitted, in terms of the inexplicit orders to Elphinstone who was allegedly absent from Bombay when the harsh orders were issued to the commander of the expedition.

During the next decade Britain sought to consolidate its hold on this corner of ArabiaE\VWDELOL]LQJWKH7LK—PDK and immediate hinterland. Unable to do so with their limited forces, they urged MuhšDPPDGµ$O¯, the viceroy of Egypt, to undertake a campaign of pacification in the 1830s, which, while not altogether successful, did gain a period of UHVSLWHIRUWKHLQKDELWDQWVDQGTXLHWHGWULEDOIHXGVDQG:DKK—EL–µ$V¯UL DVVDXOWVRQWKH7LK—PDK¶VSRUWWRZQV1RVRRQHUGLGWKHYLFHUR\FRPplete his costly campaign than Palmerston put pressure on him to withdraw from both Yemen and Syria, which was done in 1840 in exchange for his being granted hereditary rule over Egypt.

The British assault on Mocha that year aroused the suspicions of the sultan’s government. The attack on what they saw as the back door to the holiest shrines of Islam was interpreted as part of a British design on Yemen as a whole, particularly after their political agent extracted a treaty from the imam of SžDQµ—¶ that was seen as an attempt to legitimize their presence at Mocha without reference to Ottoman sovereign rights over the region. During the next decade Britain sought to consolidate its hold on this corner of ArabiaE\VWDELOL]LQJWKH7LK—PDK and immediate hinterland.

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