Dhamar Regional Museum Destroyed

Dhamar, Yemen Museum Destroyed

The Dhamar Regional Museum in Yemen, the main museum of the Dhamar governorate, was been destroyed in a Saudi airstrike last Thursday. The Museum, built in 2002, is the repository of all work done in the province. Together with the building, it is not clear how much of the collection of pre-Islamic antiquities, including a number of  dedicatory stelae  and also the material produced by the Chicago Oriental Institute’s work from 1978 onwards (see here too) have been lost. Some of the museum’s artefacts were recently digitalised by CASIS an EU-funded project.

Saudi Arabia has been bombing Yemen in the last 62 days to bring its ally, fugitive president Mansour Hadi, back to power. The airstrikes have killed, at least, 3,912 Yemenis, according to FNA’s independent tally. According to a recent report by Freedom House Foundation, most of the victims of the deadly Al Saud campaign are civilians, including a large number of women and children. Thousands of residential buildings have been destroyed, and hundreds of civil and public facilities were reduced to rubble as a result of the bombardments by Saudi warplanes on the Yemeni cities and towns, the group said.

The city of Dhamar, 100 km to the south of Sana’a, was one of the famous Arabic and Islamic culture and scientific centres in Yemen.


Saudi Warplanes Fully Destroy Dhamar Museum‘, Fars News Tue May 26, 2015
For photos of the destruction, click here.

Yemen Emergency Student Support Fund

Greetings from AMIDEAST! We are pleased to announce the Yemen Emergency Student Support Fund (YESSF), an initiative established to assist Yemeni students currently enrolled at accredited U.S. institutions and who are facing financial hardships due to the Yemen crisis.

We respectfully ask that you join us in supporting these students through one or both of the following methods:

·         DONATE through AMIDEAST to support Yemeni students impacted by the crisis. Your donations are fully tax deductible.

·         PUBLICIZE the program to help us reach Yemeni students in need. Applications for student nominees must be submitted by university representatives by 4 P.M. EDT Friday, June 5, 2015.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me by email or phone at 202-776-9613.


Debbie Scibek | International Education Officer
Phone: 202-776-9613 | Skype: amideast.sanaa
Email: advising-sanaa@amideast.org | Web: amideast.org/yemen
Facebook: AMIDEASTYemen | Twitter: @EdUSAYemen

Yemen through its literature

Yemen through its literature:
A nation besieged

The recent Saudi-led bombing campaign against Yemen has been reduced to a simplistic narrative of a Sunni-Shia divide driving national conflict – reminiscent of an essentialist “clash of civilizations” trope. This sectarian paradigm attributes all conflict to the notion of cultural boundaries developed over centuries-old divides. Although limited in publication and certainly by translation, Yemeni literature (and lack thereof) functions, on the other hand, as a prism of a nation riven by years of occupation, civil war, corruption, and poverty – issues that far transcend the simplistic sectarian narrative willingly peddled by the media. While the isolated, impoverished nation struggles to negotiate a fraught economic and political terrain, poetry and verse have never ceased to dominate the country’s cultural landscape.

Continue reading Yemen through its literature

Yafi‘i Proverbs Online

Aerial view of the Yafi‘i town of al-Qara c.1950.

There is a website devoted to proverbs from Yafi‘, based on the book by Dr. ‘Ali Salih al-Khulaqi.

امثال يافعية

هذه مجموعة من الامثال اليافعية
ملاحظة: الامثال مرتبة حسب الحروف الابجدية
هذه الامثال مأخوذة من كتاب الشائع من أمثال يافع وهو كتاب من اصدار دار جامعة عدن للطباعة والنشر لعام 2002م
وهو الكتاب الذي جمع وشرح د. علي صالح الخلاقي