By J.G. Kennedy
This publication matters using the drug qat in North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic), a rustic mendacity at the southwestern nook of the Arabian Peninsula. besides the fact that, simply because this substance is so interwoven into the material of society and tradition, it's also inevitably approximately Yemen itself. The background and tradition of South Arabia are nonetheless particularly unknown to the remainder of the realm, and the drug qat, so conventional there, is both unknown. hence, the fabric we current the following might be of curiosity to all of these involved in drug use, those that desire to comprehend extra approximately Yemen and the center East, and to the Yemenis themselves. one other goal is to increase a few common understandings approximately sub stance makes use of and their results that are much less clouded by way of the mass hysteria and political concerns which frequently vague drug matters in our personal society. exam of drug-use styles in a rustic the place thousands of individuals are clients regularly, and the place there was familiarity with the drug for a number of hundred years, bargains a chance to accomplish views impossible in nations with varied attitudes and with no such histories. it's not that i am sanguine concerning the clients of our skills to profit from others or from the earlier, yet i don't imagine we must always abandon desire of doing so.
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Judith Obermeyer, who also assisted with the design of psychological tests. D. The overall research supervisor, Mr. Fathy Salem Ali and I supervised the interviewers in Sanaa. Without the unceasing efforts of these individuals it would not have been possible to achieve our goals. Every two weeks, Mr. Ali and I made visits of several days duration each to Taiz and Hodeida to check on the interviewing, make payment, etc. , from 803 people (439 males, 364 females) as described, we were only able to get 711 individuals (374 males and 337 females) through the entire medical screening steps of the study.
The tribesmen of the Yemeni north see themselves as blood descendants of Qahtani, the putative ancestor of all southern Qahtan peoples and as members of particular tribal confederation. In other words, they maintain a kinship idiom and can still be rallied for war by leaders appealing within that idiom. The tribesmen subscribe to a tribal ethos, and a tribal law code, embracing such values as protection of fugitives, feeding guests, defending territory to the death, responding to insults on one's honor, bearing arms for HISTORY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF NORTH YEMEN 49 brother tribesman, etc.
No modern census had ever been made until February 1975. A convenience sample was therefore required, and a quota sampling scheme was utilized. The recruitment of participants was accomplished by a group of native interviewers trained for the purpose, according to a specified group of quota factors. The interviewers numbered four males and four females in each of the three study areas. The quota factors were level of qat use, gender, age, and socioeconomic status. Preliminary participant observation revealed several distinctive patterns of frequency of chewing, along with some variance by season, and these factors were taken into account in our interview schedules.