Tim Mackintosh-Smith is an Arabist and historian. Based in Yemen for over a third of a century — the latter five years lived through a barrage of missiles and slogans — he is currently “on sabbatical” from the war. His book, “Arabs: A 3,000-Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires,” published in 2019, has been described as “a book of vast scope and stunning insight.”
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Nearly 30 years had passed since Tim Mackintosh-Smith made a trip to a mountain by the Yemeni coast. Sitting in Sanaa, with the war raging around him, he tried to put into words a mirage that seemed so real at the time.