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Scholars of AIYS Scholars-to-Scholars Program

The following is a list of scholars who are willing to collaborate or be in contact with Yemeni scholars inside Yemen. Please contact the scholar directly.


For a list of subjects in this program, click here.


If you would like to volunteer for this program, please contact the webshaykh.


ADRA, Najwa



Highest degree:  Ph.D., Temple University, Anthropology, 1983
Current Position: Independent scholar

Major Publications on Yemen:
2021 Qabyalah. Or What Does It Mean to be Tribal in Yemen? Book Chapter

in Tribes in Modern Yemen: An Anthology. Marieke Brandt, ed. Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Sammlung Eduard Glaser. Open Access:


2016 Tribal Mediation and Empowered Women: Potential Contributions of Heritage to National Development in Yemen. International Journal of Islamic Art 5(2):301-337.

2013 - 2014 Women and Peacebuilding in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities. Policy Brief, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF).

2011 Tribal Mediation in Yemen and Its Implications to Development. AAS Working Papers in Social Anthropology, 19:1-17.

2008 Learning through Heritage, Literacy through Poetry. Adult Education and Development, 70. Available online in English, French and Spanish:

2009 "Steps to an Ethnography of Dance." In Viewpoints: Visual Anthropologists at Work, Mary Strong and Laena Wilder, eds. Pp. 229-253. Austin: University of Texas.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, Dance, Development in Yemen, Education, Folklore (Intangible Heritage), Gender and Sexuality, Tribalism and Customary law

BRANDT, Marieke


Highest degree: Ph.D., Cultural Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Institute for Cultural History and Theory), 2004
Current Position: Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Major Publications on Yemen:
2017     Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict. London: Hurst/Oxford University Press.


2016    ‘Heroic History, Disruptive Genealogy: Al-Ḥasan al-Hamdānī and the Historical Formation of the Shākir Tribe (Wāʾilah and Dahm) in al-Jawf, Yemen,’ Medieval Worlds 3/2016, pp. 116-145.

2014    ‘Inhabiting Tribal Structures: Leadership Hierarchies in Tribal Upper Yemen (Hamdān & Khawlān b. ʿĀmir),’ in South Arabia Across History: Essays in Memory of Walter Dostal, Vienna: Verlag der ÖAW.

2013    ‘Sufyān’s ‘Hybrid’ War: Tribal Politics During the Ḥūthī Conflict,’ Journal of Arabian Studies 3/1, pp. 120-138, DOI: 10.1080/21534764.2013.802942.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, History (20th Century), Tribalism and Customary Law



Email: nhaider@barnard.ed



Major Publications on Yemen:

2019  The Rebel and the Imām in Early Islam: Explorations in Muslim Historiography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2014 Shī‘ī Islam: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2013  Law and Religion in Classical Islamic Thought, eds. Michael Cook, Najam Haider, Intisar Rabb, Asma Sayeed London: Palgrave.

2013  “The Geography of the Isnād: Possibilities for the Reconstruction of Local Ritual Practice in the 2nd/8th Century,” Der Islam 90 (2013):306-346.

2012  “A Kufan Jurist in Yemen: Contextualizing Muhammad b. Sulayman al-Kufī's Kitāb al-Mutakhab,” Arabica 59 (2012): 200-17

2011 The Origins of the Shi‘a: Identity, Ritual, and Sacred Space in 8th century Kufa Cambridge: Cambridge Univeresity Press.

Research Interests:  Islam in Yemen, Islamic Law, Zaydi Islam



Highest degree: Ph.D., Archaeology, 2006
Current Position: Tenured researcher with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), CEPAM, University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis

Major Publications on Yemen:
2013  Khalidi, L., Gratuze, B., Inizan, M.-L., Crassard, R. “Considering the Arabian Neolithic through a reconstitution of nascent interregional obsidian distribution spheres in the region”. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 24: 59-67.


2012  Khalidi, L., Lewis, K., Gratuze, B.,  “New perspectives on regional and interregional obsidian circulation in prehistoric and early historic Arabia”. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 42: 1-22.

2011  Khalidi, L. and Keall, E.J.  “Late prehistoric standing stones of the Tihamah coastal plain, Yemen: cumulative review” in Pierres levées, stèles anthropomorphes et dolmens; Standing Stones, Anthropomorphic Stelae, and Dolmens. T. Steimer-Herbet (ed.). BAR Series 2317. Oxford, Lyon : Archaeopress – Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux (MOM), pp. 145-158.

2010  Khalidi, L., Oppenheimer, C., Gratuze, B., Boucetta, S., Sanabani, A., Mosabi, A.  “Obsidian sources in highland Yemen and their relevance to archaeological research in the Red Sea region”. Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (2010): 2332-2345.

2010  Lewis, K., Khalidi, L., Eisenberger, B., Sanabani, A. “Mapping Masna’at Maryah: Using GIS to reconstruct the development of a multi-period site in the highlands of Yemen” in Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 40: 213-226. Oxford: Archaeopress.​​

2009  Khalidi, L. “Holocene Obsidian Exchange in the Red Sea Region” in The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia: Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics, M. D. Petraglia and J. I. Rose (eds.). New York: Springer Academic Publishers, pp. 279-291.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Archaeology, Geology, Tihama



Highest degree: Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Vienna, 2019

Current Position: Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Major Publications:
2017 Sklaven, soldaten und Souveräne, Die Naǧāḥiden des mittelalterlichen Jemen. Jemen-Report 48:17-20.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, Biography, Gender and Sexuality, History (early Islamic in Yemen), History (Ayyubid and Rasulid), Islam in Yemen, Law, Islamic and Civil, Migration and Diaspora, Politics and Political Science, Sociology, Tihama, Travelers, Islamic and Western, Tribalism and Customary Law



LENZ, Lisa

Highest degree: MA, University of Vienna
Current Position: PhD researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes


Research Interests: Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality, Geography, Geology, History (20th century), Migration and disaspora, Social media (including internet), Sociology, Tribalism and Customary Law




Highest degree: Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, Near Eastern Studies (Arabic Literature)
Current Position: Associate Professor of Arabic, Middlebury College

Major Publications on Yemen:
2018    When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra. Berkeley: University of California Press.


2016    From Minority to Majority: Inscribing the Mahra and Touareg into the Arab Nation. In Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives, Laura Robson, editor,140-150.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

2015    Mahri Oral Poetry and Arabic Nabaṭi Poetry: Common Core, Divergent Outcomes. Arabian Humanities 5:

2013    Rhetoric, Rite of Passage and the Multilingual Poetics of Arabia: A Thematic Reading of the Mahri Tribal Ode. Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures 16/2:118-146.

2011    The Ḥumaynī Pulse Moves East: Yemeni Nationalism Meets Mahri Sung Poetry.” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 38/2:249-265.

2011    The Dīwān of Ḥājj Dākōn: Introduction and Commentary by Sam Liebhaber. Ardmore: The American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? yes

Research Interests: Folklore (intangible heritage), Literature (novels, etc.), Mahra, Poetry, Socotra, South Arabic.




Highest degree: Ph.D. The​ University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2014
Current Position:   Ghent University, Languages and Cultures, Post-Doc

Major Publications on Yemen:
2018 Writing the Ethnic Origins of the Rasulids in Late Medieval South Arabia. The Medieval History Journal 21(2):1-20.


2017 The Role of Horses in the Politics of Late Medieval South Arabia. Arabian Humanities 8. Online at

2016 “The Political Agency of Kurds as an Ethnic Group in Late Medieval South Arabia,” Medieval Worlds 3: 146-157.

2016  “The Political Construction of a Tribal Genealogy from Early Medieval South Arabia,” in Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia, E. Hovden, C. Lutter, and W. Pohl (eds.), 163-182. Leiden: Bril.

2016 “Ceramic Production in the Yemeni Central Highlands during the Islamic Period,” in Landscapes of the Islamic World: Archaeology, History, and Ethnography, S. McPhllips and P. Wordsworth (eds.), 129-142. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

2014 “Cultural Heritage and Identity Politics in Early Medieval South Arabia,” in Southwest Arabia across History: Essays to the Memory of Walter Dostal, A. Gingrich and S. Haas (eds.), 67-78. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

2014 The Political Landscape of the Yemeni Central Highlands during the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods. PhD. Thesis. University of Chicago, 2014.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Biography (including tabaqat literature), Gender and Sexuality, Geography, History (pre-Islamic), History (early Islamic in Yemen), History (Ayyubid and Rasulid), History (Zaydi), History (Ottoman periods), History (20th century), Islam in Yemen, Law, Islamic and Civil, Travelers (Islamic and Western), Tribalism and Customary Law




Highest degree: Ph.D.  Social Anthropology (SOAS)
Current Position: Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology, SOAS, University of London


Major Publications on Yemen:

2018 Impact of Conflict on Vernacular Architecture: The Case of Yemen. In Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World, 2nd revised edition, Marcel Vellinga, editor in chief, London: Bloomsbury.


2017  Architectural Heritage of Yemen: Buildings that Fill My Eye. London: Gingko Library & University of Chicago Press.


2003 Process Over Product: Case Studies of Traditional Building Practices in Djenné, Mali, and Sana’a, Yemen. In Managing Change: Sustainable Approaches to the Conservation of the Built Environment, J.M. Teutonico & F. Matero, editors, 137-159. L.A.: Getty Conservation Trust.

2001    Minaret Building & Apprenticeship in Yemen. London: Curzon Press (Routledge).

2000 Walling Old San‘a’: Re-evaluating the Resurrection of the City Walls. In Terra

2000: 8th International Conference on the study and conservation of earthen architecture, 46-51. London: James & James Scientific.


Research Interests: apprenticeship, skill learning and building-craft knowledge, Islamic mosques




Highest degree: Ph.D., Princeton, Near Eastern Studies, 2002
Current Position: Associate Professor, Emory University

Major Publications on Yemen:

2012 An Ocean of Islands: Islands, Insularity, and the Historiography of the Indian Ocean. In Peter Miller, editor, The Sea: Thalassography and Historiography. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

2010 Maritime Cityscapes: Lessons from Real and Imagined Topographies of Western Indian Ocean Ports.” In Roxani Eleni Margariti, Adam Sabra, and Petra Sijpesteijn, editors, Histories of the Middle East: Studies in Middle Eastern Society, Economy, and Law in Honor of A.L. Udovitch. Leiden: Brill.

2010 “Thieves or Sultans? Dahlak and the Rulers and Merchants of Indian Ocean port cities, 11th-13th Centuries.” In Lucy Blue, John Cooper, Ross Thomas and Julian Whitewright, editors. Red Sea IV: Connected Hinterlands: The Fourth International conference on the Peoples of the Red Sea Region. Oxford: Archaeopress.

2008 Mercantile Networks, Port Cities, and “Pirate” States: Conflict and Competition in the Pre-modern Indian Ocean World of Trade. Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient 51(4) 543-577.


2007 Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade: 150 Years in the Life of a Medieval Arabian Port. Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks. Durham: The University of North Carolina Press.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Aden, Dahlak, Red Sea, Maritime Trade




Highest degree: PhD., The University of Michigan, Linguistic Anthropology, 2001
Current Position: Professor of Religious Studies, The University of California (Davis, CA)

Major Publications on Yemen:

2015 The Audacious Ascetic: What the bin Laden Tapes Reveal about Al-Qa`ida (Hurst & Company / Oxford University Press / Hachette India).​​

2007  The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen (Harvard University Middle Eastern Monographs series).  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


2005 Entries for “Yemen,” “Aden,” and “Sanaa” in Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, vol.2: Locations. Continuum Press, United Kingdom.

2002  “Metaphors of Commerce: Trans-valuing Tribalism in Yemeni Audiocassette Poetry,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 34(1): 29-57.

2002  "Public Words and Body Politics: Reflections on the Strategies of Women Poets in Rural Yemen," Journal of Women's History, 14(1): 94-122.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic?  Not in writing.  Spoken Arabic is fine.

Research Interests: Anthropology, Islam in Yemen, Poetry, Politics and Political Science, Social Media (including Internet)

PEUTZ, Nathalie


Highest degree: Ph.D., Princeton University, Anthropology 2009
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Program in Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD

Major Publications on Yemen:
2018   Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

2013 Targeted Women and Barred Development in Socotra, Yemen. Arabian Humanities.  1 (online). URL:

2012 "Revolution in Socotra: a Perspective from Yemen’s Periphery." Middle East Report. Middle East Review and Information Project (MERIP). 263: 14–20.

2011 “Shall I Tell You What Soqotra Once Was?”: World Heritage and Sovereign Nostalgia in Yemen’s Soqotra Archipelago. Transcontinentales: Sociétés, idéologies, système mondial. (Special Issue: The Land Rush: transnational strategies for land grabbing.) No. 10/11. URL:

2011 Bedouin “Abjection”: World Heritage, Worldliness, and Worthiness at the Margins of Arabia. American Ethnologist 38 (2): 338–360.

2008 Reorienting Heritage: Poetic Exchanges between Suqutra and the Gulf. Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée 121-122: 163–182.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes, but over phone or skype rather than in writing

Research Interests: Anthropology, Arabic dialects in Yemen, Development in Yemen, Environmental Issues (water, deforestation, etc.), Folklore (intangible heritage), Gender and Sexuality, History (20th century), Mahra, Migration and disaspora, PDRY, Poetry, Socotra




Highest degree: Ph.D., Political Science and international Relations, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, 2008
Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney.

Major Publications on Yemen:
2017  “The norm of state-monopolised violence from a Yemeni perspective” in Charlotte Epstein (Ed.) Against International Relations Norms: Postcolonial Perspectives. N.Y.: Routledge .

2016  “Questioning Failure, Stability and Risk in Yemen” in Mehran Kamrava, editor, Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East. London: Hurst/Oxford University Press.

2011  Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis. London: Routledge (The Adelphi Series).

2008  Yemen’s Democracy Experiment in Regional Perspective: Patronage and Pluralized Authoritarianism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? With assistance - it’s been a while, and I am rusty (particularly over the phone).

Research Interests: Development in Yemen, Politics and Political Science




Highest degree: Habilitation, Rheinische Friedrich‐Wilhelms‐Universität, Bonn, 1999;
D. Phil., Oxford University, 1990
Current Position: Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ


Major Publications on Yemen:

2022 Yemeni Manuscripts in Peril. Piscataway: Georgias Press. Edited with Hassan Ansari.


2018 Traditional Yemeni Scholarship amidst Political Turmoil and War: Muḥammad b. Muḥammad b. Ismāʿīl b. al‐ Muṭahhar al‐Manṣūr (1915‐2016) and His Personal Library. Cordoba: UCOPress.


2016 Zaydī theology in 7th/13th century Yemen: Facsimile edition of Kitāb al‐Maḥaǧǧa al‐bayḍā fī uṣūl al‐dīn of ʿAbd Allāh b. Zayd al‐ʿAnsī (d. 667/1269) (MS Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cod. arab. 1286). Introduction and Indices by Hassan Ansari and Sabine Schmidtke. Tehran: Mīrāth‐i maktūb, 2016 (Classical Muslim Heritage Series; 9)


2015 The Yemeni Manuscript Tradition. Leiden: Brill (with David Hollenberg and
Christoph Rauch)


2012 The Neglected Šīʿites: Studies in the Legal and Intellectual History of the Zaydīs. Arabica 59.


2011 Preserving Yemen’s Cultural Heritage: The Yemen Manuscript Digitization Project. Sanaa: Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland & Deutsches Archaeologisches Institut, Orient‐Abteilung, Außenstelle Sanaa, 2011 (Hefte zur Kulturgeschichte des Jemen; 5) (with Jan Thiele)


Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Zaydī Islam, Islam in Yemen, Yemeni manuscripts, Libraries History



Highest degree: Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2001
Current Position: Senior Researcher, The Academic Research Institute in Iraq

Major Publications on Yemen:
2002 San`a'. In M. Ember and C. Ember (eds.). Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures Cities and Cultures around the World. Grolier. Vol. 4: 111-117

1999 Persuading the Monarchs: Poetry and Politics in Yemen.  In R. Leveau, F. Mermier, and U. Steinbach (eds.) Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula. Paris: Karthala.

1998 Rimbaud's House at Aden: Giving Voice(s) to the Silent Poet.  Cultural Anthropology 13 (4): 464-490.

1997  The Self and the Other: The Absence of Dialogue.  In L. Taminian (ed.) Yemen as Viewed by the Other: Anthropological Studies. San`a': The American Institute for Yemeni Studies.  (In Arabic).

1997  Women's Studies or Feminism? Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Women in Yemen.  In L. Taminian (ed.) Images of Yemeni Women in Western Social Studies. San`a': The American Institute for Yemeni Studies.  (In Arabic). 1997

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Agriculture and Irrigation, Anthropology, Literature (novels, etc.), Poetry, Women

UM, Nancy

Highest degree: Ph.D., Islamic Art and Architectural History, UCLA, 2001
Current Position: Associate Professor, Art History, SUNY Binghamton University

Major Publications on Yemen:

2017  Shipped but not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Protocols of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee, Perspectives on the Global Past Series. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press

2009  The Merchant Houses of Mocha: Trade and Architecture in an Indian Ocean Port, Donald R. Ellegood International Publications. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

2015 “Chairs, Writing Tables, and Chests: Indian Ocean Furniture and the Postures of Commercial Documentation in Yemen, 1700-1750,” in Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World, ed. D. Bleichmar and M. Martin, a special issue of Art History 38:4 (September 2015): 718-31.

2015  “Foreign Doctors at the Imam’s Court: Medical Diplomacy in Yemen’s Coffee Era,” in “Transcultural Networks in the Indian Ocean, 16th-18th centuries: Europeans and Indian Ocean Societies in Interaction,” ed. Su Fang Ng, a special issue of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 48:2 (July 2015): 261-88.

2015  “1636 and 1726: Yemen after the First Ottoman Era,” in Asia Inside Out: Changing Times, vol. 1, ed. E. Tagliacozzo, H. Siu, and P. Purdue, 112-34. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? I am happy to receive messages in Arabic, but would prefer to respond in English.

Research Interests: Architecture, Art,  History (Zaydi), History (Ottoman periods), Tihama

VARISCO, Daniel Martin

Highest degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1982
Current Position: Associate Researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Major Publications on Yemen:

          2021 The Trials and Tribulations of the Rasulid Sultan al-Malik al-Mujâhid ‘Alî (d.

          764/1363). Mamluk Studies Review 24:255-281.

2021 Reading Rasulid Maps: An Early 14th-Century Geographical Resource, Der Islam 98(1):100-152.


2018 The State of Agriculture in the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen, 1918-1962: A Documentary Overview. Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften / Austrian Academy of Sciences, AAS WORKING PAPERS IN SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Volume 32. Available online at

2017  "Yemen’s Tribal Idiom: An Ethno-Historical Survey of Genealogical Models." Journal of Semitic Studies, 62(1):217-241.

2017 Date Palm Production in Rasulid Yemen. Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lecture, 14. Berlin: EB-Verlag Dr. Brandt


2014  "Pars Pro Toto Observation: Historical Anthropology in the Textual Field of Rasulid Yemen." History and Anthropology.

2012 "Qat and Traditional Healing in Yemen." In H. Schönig and I. Heymeyer, editors, Herbal Medicine in Yemen, 69-102. Leiden: Brill.

1997 Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen. London: Variorum Press.

1994 Medieval Agriculture and Islamic Science: The Almanac of a Yemeni Sultan. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic?  Yes

Research Interests: Agriculture and Irrigation; Anthropology, Botany (and medicinal plants), Development in Yemen, Environmental Issues (water, deforestation, etc.), History (Ayyubid and Rasulid), Islam in Yemen, Proverbs, Qat, Social media (including internet), Travelers, Islamic and Western


WALTERS, Delores M.


Highest degree: Ph.D., Anthropology, NYU, 1987
Current Position: historical/cultural educational program consultant .

Major Publications on Yemen:
2013 Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery and the Legacy of Margaret Garner, Delores M. Walters, co-editor, U. of Illinois Press.

1996 “Caste Among Outcastes: Interpreting Sexual Orientation, Racial and Gender Identity in the Yemen Arab Republic," in Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists. Ellen Lewin and William Leap (eds.).

2016 Excerpted in Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges, and Possibilities, Dana-Ain Davis & Christa Craven, eds., Rowman & Littlefield.

2001 “Women, Health Care and Social Reform in Yemen,” in Feminism & Antiracism: International Struggles for Justice, France Winddance Twine and Kathleen Blee (eds.), New York University Press, Chapter 4; pp. 71-93.

1998  “Invisible Survivors: Women and Diversity in the Transitional Economy of Yemen," in Middle Eastern Women in the Invisible Economy, Richard Lobban (ed.), University Press of Florida, Chapter 3, pp. 74-95. Translated into Arabic in Challenging the Familiar: Historical and Anthropological Studies of Yemen, Lucine Taminian, ed., Sana`a: American Institute for Yemeni Studies, pp. 161-186, 2006.

Video Documentary
1999 “Murshidat: Female Primary Health Care Workers Transforming Society in
Yemen,” health care and inclusion of formerly enslaved African-identified groups (Arabic, English voice-over, 35 min.), available at and YouTube
[Based on research, and analysis of strategies used by women to empower other women and the most marginalized groups in an Arabic-speaking, rural community in Yemen]

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Not without assistance

Research Interests: Anthropology, Health Services and Traditional Medicine




Highest degree: Ph.D., SPAS, University of London, Linguistics, 1989
Current Position: Leadership Chair for Language at Leeds University, England

Major Publications on Yemen:

2012. The Structure of Mehri. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz (Semitica, Viva, 52).

2000  Wasf San'a: Texts in San'ani Arabic. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz (Semitica Viva, 23).

1996  Sbahtu! A Course in San'ani Arabic. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz (Semitica Didactica, 3).

1993  A Syntax of San'ani Arabic. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz (Semitica Viva, 13).

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes.


Research Interests: Mahri dialect, Sanaa dialect, Documentation of Modern South Arabian languages; Arabic dialectology; phonology; morphology; acoustic and instrumental phonetics


YADAV, Stacey Philbrick


Highest degree:  Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Political Science, 2007
Current Position: Associate Professor of Political Science

Major Publications on Yemen:

2022 Yemen in the Shadow of Transition. London: Hurst.

2017  Sectarianization, Islamist Republicanism, and International Misrecognition in Yemen. In Sectarianization: Mapping the Politics of the New Middle East, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel. Hurst: 185-198.

2015  The ‘Yemen Model’ as a Failure of Political Imagination. International Journal of Middle East Studies 47 (1): 144-147.

2013  Islamists and the State: Legitimacy and Institutions in Yemen and Lebanon. London: I.B. Tauris.

2011  Antecedents of the Revolution: Intersectoral Networks and Postpartisan Activism in Yemen. Studies in Ethnicty and Nationalism 11 (3): 550-563.

2010  Segmented Publics and Islamist Women’s Activism. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 6 (2): 1-30.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic?  
•    I am willing to receive messages in Arabic, but should only reply in English, given my rustiness.

Research Interests: Development in Yemen, Gender and Sexuality, History, Islam in Yemen, Law, Islamic and Civil, Migration and disaspora, Politics and Political Science, Tribalism and Customary Law, Zaydi Islam.

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