AIYS Yemeni Fellowships 2016


AIYS is pleased to announce that we were able to give out research fellowships to Yemeni scholars this year, despite the difficult situation in Yemen.  On June 21 they came to the institute to meet with Dr. Salwa Dammaj.  Those who received the fellowships are:

1.       Zeineb Suhill – Natural Disasters that affected Sana’a in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
2.      Libya Abdalla – Slaves and slavery in ancient writings of Yemen.
3.      Muhammed Abdel Wakeel Jazm – Pioneering Poets in Yemen..
4.       Aziza Tajadden – Micropropagation of Adansonia digitata by plant tissue culture techniques
5.       Fawziah al-Ammar – Adaption of survey for assessing PTSD in children and use in study of children in Sana’a.  .
6.       Thana Shuga al Deen – Assessment of heavy metal contamination in agriculture soils using X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF)
7.       Zainab Alansse – Phytochemical and biological activity of Euphorbia arbuscula and its stem latex.
8.   سبأ العديني Saba al Udaini –Impact of foreign interventions on the domestic crises in Yemen 2004-201



new article on Yemeni youth


Tricking Time, Overthrowing a Regime: Reining in the Future in the Yemeni Youth Revolution
by Ross Porter
The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology , Vol. 34, 2016


Based on research at the heart of the 2011 revolution in Yemen, this article explores how a capacity to inhabit the future culminated in a collective act of temporal deception on the part of the revolutionaries. Contrary to the prevalent assumption that the future is something that is worked towards, aspired to, emerging or lying in wait at the end of a distant telos, revolutionary life in Yemen asserts that the future can itself be a way of being, but in the present. Upholding the future involved dramatic acts of selflessness whose value lay not just in where they would lead, but in the acts themselves. This fusion of means and ends, presents and futures, ultimately bred a capacity for endurance that defied the temporal expectations of the regime.

مسجد الأبهر


اليمن العربي:
التاريخية القديمة، والتي أعيد ترميم الكثير منها، خشية تعرضها للانهيار.

واحتفظت عدسة الكاميرا بصور تاريخية لبعض المساجد القديمة في صنعاء.

ومن بين تلك المساجد مسجد الأبهر، الواقع في الجهة الجنوبية الغربية من حارة الأبهر، على الطريق النافذة من السائلة إلى جامع صنعاء.

يذكر أن المسجد بُني عام 763 هـ، وكان يعرف بجامع “بنت الأمير” بأمر من فاطمة بنت الأمير الأسد رأس أكراد ذمار.

وفاطمة بنت الأمير هي زوجة الإمام الناصر صلاح الدين المهدي.

شاهد المحتوى الأصلي علي بوابة اليمن العربى:

More AIYS at MESA 2016

AIYS will be sponsoring a second panel at MESA in Boston, as follows:

[R4434] The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Yemen and Current Preservation Efforts

Created by Daniel Mahoney
Friday, 11/18/16 10:00am


This roundtable, sponsored by the American Institute for Yemeni studies, will discuss the destruction of cultural heritage in Yemen, in light of the Saudi coalition air strikes as well as the ensuing internal conflict and rising Islamism, in order to assess the extent of damage and solutions for current protection and future preservation. Since March 2015, Saudi coalition air strikes have been conducted in Yemen under the stated purpose of countering Houthi rebels who had taken control of the capital Sanaa and a large part of the country. This offensive has left over 6,000 dead, over 30,000 wounded, and 2.5 million internally displaced. Another result has been the continuous destruction of over 47 archaeological sites and monuments, as confirmed by Mohannad Al-Sayani, director of the General Organization for Antiquities and Museums of Yemen. These include not only historical mosques and citadels, but also 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites including the celebrated vernacular architecture of old Sanaa, the pre-Islamic cities of Baraqish and Sirwah, and the famed Marib dam, all of which have already previously undergone significant restoration efforts. Additionally, more than six museums have been damaged by aerial shelling, among them the regional museum of Dhamar and the National Museum of Sanaa. This extensive destruction clearly provokes further questioning into the motivations of these campaigns which seem to target highly valued places of cultural heritage. The pattern becomes further complicated by the confirmation that, while the U.S. State Department (and UNESCO) had given the Saudi coalition a list of specific sites to avoid and their location, they also provided it with logistical support and intelligence for their military offensive. Conversely, other efforts have are being made to try to preserve and document Yemeni heritage before it is lost, such as the Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative, wherein a team of scholars from inside and outside of Yemen are working together to create a digital library of manuscripts taken from private collections in Yemen. By addressing current damage, this round table is organized with the intention of raising awareness regarding the destruction of priceless world heritage and finding current and future solutions for its protection and preservation by local authorities and specialists.

The panel will be chaired by Dr. Daniel Mahoney. The panelists include:

AIYS at MESA 2016

At the annual MESA conference, to be held in Boston from November 17-21 , AIYS has a sponsored panel as detailed below:

[P4302] Yemen: From Zaydi Revivalism to Huthi Expansionism

Created by Marieke Brandt
Saturday, 11/19/16 10:00am


Zaydism is a branch of Shia Islam which can look back on a millennium of continuity in the northern parts of Yemen. Since Zaydism is regarded as a particularly tolerant form of Islam, its coexistence with Yemen’s other denominations was historically largely unproblematic. About 25 years ago, however, a development started which substantially undermined the coexistence of denominations in Yemen. The increasing spread of radical Sunnism (Salafism and Wahhabism) in Yemen, funded by neighboring Saudi Arabia, as well as the economic and political neglect of large sections of the Zaydi north by the Salih regime has led to the emergence of a Zaydi revivalism movement which was inspired by a deep sense of peril. As a result, previously unknown divisions and fault lines between Sunni and Shiite denominations began to arise in Yemen.

In 2001 a group known as Ansar Allah or Huthis, taking their name from the family of a noted Zaydi scholar, splintered off the nascent Zaydi revival movement by schism. In 2004 the Salih regime entered into a brutal six-year war against the Huthis, creating a martyr with the killing of Husayn al-Huthi, a prominent critic of Salih’s regime. After the resignation of President Salih in 2012, the Huthis were able to conquer large parts of northern Yemen including the capital Sana’a which they seized in 2014 with the assistance of army troops still loyal to Salih. The military campaign against the Huthis carried out by a Saudi-led international alliance of Sunni states, which began in 2015, has eventually turned Yemen into a central crisis zone and humanitarian disaster in today’s globalizing world. Although very much a proxy war in the expanding sectarian rhetoric between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the ongoing war has turned Yemen into an internal struggle for power between numerous groups and ideologies.

The panel aims at elucidating historical roots and current aspects of both Zaydi revivalism and Huthi expansionism by the means and tools of a number of scholarly disciplines (religious studies, social anthropology, political science, and strategic studies). The panel focuses on Huthi struggles to demarcate a Zaydi identity in the Modern Middle East; the impact of the so called “Sa’dah Wars” which the Yemeni state waged against the Huthis from 2004 to 2010; Huthi politics of political alliances since 2011; and strategic aspects of Huthi expansionist ambitions in Yemen. Through considering this wide array of aspects, the panel aims to shed light on the often opaque transformations and developments of previous years and decades and thus to achieve a better understanding of current conflict in Yemen.

The panel will be chaired by Dan Varisco. Panelists are:

مطعم كباب بالو


مطعم كباب بالو
بموقعه المعروف في الميدان في بداية الشارع المؤدي إلى مسجد حسين الأهدل، مطعم متخصص ببيع الكباب، أفتتحه الحاج بالو في عام 1864م.
جاء الحاج بالو، مع كثيرين من الهنود الوافدين، يحمل مشروعه الصغير إلى عدن، وكان قبل مجيئه بائعاً للكباب على الرصيف في أحد شوارع في الهند. وبعد وصوله إلى عدن فٓتِح محله للكباب بالقرب من مقهى «زكو»، الذي أصبح اشهر مطعم كباب في عدن، وتُحٓضٓر عجينة الكباب المميز في بيت صاحب المطعم وفقاً لوصفة خاصة لم يكتشف سرها حتى الآن.
توفى مؤسس المطعم منذ مدة طويلة إلا أن المطعم الذي يديره الأن أحفاده يشكل معلم من معالم كريتر ويحافظ على شهرته ومكانته لدى محبي الكباب من أهالي عدن وزوارها.
الصور من صفحة الصديق العزيز الصحفي حسن قاسم.