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Sayyid

 

(Arabic, “lord”), the honorary title of Muslims tracing their ancestry back to Muhammad or, among the Shiites, back to Ali. In Arabia of the early Middle Ages, a sayyid was the leader of a tribal alliance or tribe; in this sense, the term sometimes corresponds to “sheikh.”

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A major contribution of Ho's book lies in its survey of elaborate genealogical chronicles which preserved the distinct identity of Hadrami sayyids in the diaspora through interconnecting individuals and texts in the 'Alawi diaspora, and tracing family branches to the graves of the "sayyid center par excellence" in Tarim (p.
The Graves of Tarim cautions readers against assuming that genealogy for Hadrami sayyids was a mere symbolic reckoning of lineal descent, suggesting instead that it facilitated travel and settlement in the diaspora.
At various points throughout his book, Ho expresses his concerns about assuming that Hadrami history consisted of a unidirectional flow of sayyids from Tarim outwards.