18 May, 2009

The ouskirts of Tarim

Tarim or Tareem , pronounced tarīm, (Arabic: تريم‎) - which has been chosen by the cultural organization ISESCO as the Islamic cultural capital for 2010 - is not only known and famous for its libraries and 300 plus mosques; or for its stunning architecture, palaces and mansions; or for its excellent traditional, master craftsmen and masons; or for its rich history, culture and centers for knowledge. Tarim too, is known for its beautiful outskirts and countryside.

Situated in the very fertile Wady Hadhramout, along the streets of Tareem and around it, are green cultivated fields. Some small, some vast.

Within the cultivated fields, goats graze. And many of the smaller mud-brick houses can be seen.

Fodder, wheat, millet, sesame, onions, garlic, lemons, pomegranate and a variety of other fruits, and vegetables are grown.

And date palms. Tarim has some of the best dates in Hadhramaut. Whichever direction one goes and wherever one is in, in Tareem, there will be date palms.

Water canals irrigate the cultivated fields. Simple, elaborately built earth canals, carry water pumped from boreholes, for long distances; some times for miles and miles.

Wherever one is in, there are green fields, mosques and the mud-bricked houses. Most of the houses are as simple as these in the above photo.

The men in the pictures above and below, are preparing the mud bricks for building houses. In Hadhramaut, the best builders and artisans for the mud-bricked houses, come from Tareem. Tarim too, produces most of the best hand made, wooden windows and doors.

No wonder that, because of its date palms, green fields and gardens, in the olden days, Tarim was called Al Jannah, meaning 'the heaven'; and because of its rich culture and it being a center for knowledge and scholars, since the early days of Islam, Tareem has always attracted attention and people.