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.
On Monday, October 21, AIYS President Dan Varisco gave a talk at the School for Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, on the maps in the early 8th/14th century Rasulid tax document entitled Irtifā‘ al-dawla al-Mu’ayyadiyya. The talk was introduced by Dr. Sabine Schmidtke of IAS and in attendance were guests Dr. Muhammad Gerhoum, Amb. Amatalalim Alsoswa and Prof. Peter Golden of Rutgers University, as well as members of the School for Historical Studies.
left to right: Dr. Sabine Schmidtke, Dr. Muhammad Gerhoum and Amb. Amatalalim Alsoswa
British Pathé and Reuters have created an online collection of 216 films, mostly black-and-white, on Yemen. These are short films, generally news reels, that provide a visual history of Yemen in much of the 20th century, both north and south.
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.
صورة قديمة ونادرة جدا لمدينة تعز من الجهة الغربية … اين مر شارع 26 سبتمبر في هذا الفضاء؟
يبدو من بعيد باب موسى متحزما سور المدينة ولا شيء امامه …كما يظهر في اسفل يسار الصورة بنائين طويلين على شكل خطين متوازين لا نعرف ماهما….صدق من قال ان بعض الصور تشرح مالا يستطيع شرحه كتاب
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