edited by Dr Yusuf Muhammad Abdullah and Dr Hussain Abdullah
Al Mustaqbal Press, Beirut (for the General Organisation for
Antiquities, Museums and Manuscripts, P. O. Box 1136, Sana’a),
2001. Pp. 96. Illus. Pb. $20.
This glossy, A4 sized Arabic publication is the journal’s first
annual issue. It is introduced by the former Minister of Culture,
Abdul Malik Mansur, with an article entitled ‘Archaeology is the
Heritage of all’. Dr Yusuf Abdullah contributes two articles: ‘Letter
from a Woman’, discussing a letter in pre-Islamic cursive script
incised on a palm-leaf stick found in Wadi Jawf; and a more
philosophical piece entitled ‘The Unity of Archaeology and
Civilisation’. Other contributors include Dr Abdo Othman Ghalib (‘The
Culture of Bronze Age communities in Yemen’), Dr Zaidan Abd
al-Kafi Kafafi (‘Sites and Implements from the Stone Age in Yemen’),
Abdul Rahman Hassan al-Saqqaf (‘The Seiyun Museum’), and
Professor Walter Muller (‘Religion in Ancient Yemen’).
There are also (unattributed) articles on the 1998—2003
development plan for the National Museum in Sana’a (copiously
illustrated); on the activities of the General Organisation of
Antiquities, Museums and Manuscripts (GOAMM) between 1998 and 1999,
and its programme for 2000; and the full text of ‘The Statute of
Archaeology’ issued in 1994. In addition, there are two articles
in English: the first on excavations in the mediaeval Islamic city
of Zabid and on the restoration of the Zabid Citadel Mosque, both
sponsored by the Royal Ontario Museum, Canada; and the second, a
commentary by Dr Hussain Al-Amri on the more contemporary subject of
Yemen’s National Charters of 1947—48 and 1982, originally
printed in New Arabian Studies 5, University of Exeter.
There should be no shortage of material for the next issue of
this journal which is in preparation.