About The Tribes of Bani Shadad and Bani’a’rush

The Bani Shadad and Bani ‘A’rush are two of the seven tribes of the Bakil Confederation, who live in a mountainous region east of Yemen’s capital San’a. The region is known for its rich oral poetic traditions. Yemeni tribesmen often phrase messages in poetic form, using it as a way of honoring those with whom they wish to negotiate and then conduct the negotiations themselves in verse.