The forum “Why Yemen Matters: The Heritage of a Land in Crisis” was held at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton on February 19, 2020, sponsored by the Near Eastern Studies program under the leadership of Dr. Sabine Schmidtke. Speaking at the event were AIYS members Najwa Adra, Nathalie Peutz and Dan Varisco. Present in the audience was AIYS board member Tarek Al-Wazir.
(left to right): Dan Varisco, Nathalie Peutz, Hassan Ansari, Najwa Adra, Glen Bowersock, Sabine Schmidtke, Christian Robin
Yemen’s war and humanitarian crisis are in the news, but very little is known about the rich cultural heritage of the southwestern corner of Arabia throughout history. Also largely unknown are Yemen’s geographic and economic diversity or their impact on recent events. Yemen’s diversity owes much to conquest, trade, and migration between Yemen and Christian Ethiopia, Sassanian and Islamic Iran, Fatimid and Ayyubid Egypt, Ottoman Turkey, the African coast and Southeast Asia. In this panel experts on different periods of Yemeni history and its diverse contemporary contexts probe beyond current politics to share their insights and discuss potentials for future scholarly research on Yemen.
Dan Varisco speaking on the historical diversity of Islam in Yemen.
In 1789 an Indian pilgrim stopped in Hodeidah and Mocha on his return to India. He provides a very brief account of Yemen, including a storm that almost sunk the ship he was on near Socotra. The full text is available here. I attach below the relevant sections.
A revised version of my 2018 monograph on agriculture in al-Mutawakkilite Yemen is now available at the OEAW website. This corrects a number of errors in the original version. If you downloaded the original, please replace it with the updated version. It is available through open access here.
On Friday, March 29, a seminar on Rasulid studies was held in Bonn, Germany at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg. Funding for the seminar was provided by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the Kolleg. Papers were presented by Ingrid Hehmeyer, Ellen Kenney, Dan Mahoney, Magdalena Moorthy-Kloss and Dan Varisco. Preparations are underway to publish the papers.
AIYS President Dan Varisco presented at the seminar
Seminar dinner at Em Höttche in Bonn (left: Ellen Kenney, Roxani Margariti, Ingrid Hehmeyer, Dan Varisco, Zacharie de Pierrepont; right: Dan Mahoney, Petra Schmidl (partially hidden), Magdalena Moorthy-Kloss, Adam Sabra)
Dan Mahoney, Petra Schmidl, Magdalena Moorthy-Kloss, Adam Sabra
The Facebook site of Juan Enriquez (and reposted on the RPCV Facebook site) has an amazing graphic of the flight of an eagle, which had a solar-powered GPS, over 20 years. It clearly loved the Tihāma for its long flight.
The World Digital Library of the U.S. Library of Congress has 273 items available online regarding Yemen. These include old books in various languages, several manuscripts from the Egyptian National Library and maps.