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Yemen, the tribe and the state
by Elham M. Manea

Marriage conventions in Taiz - Yemen Times

Role of the mukathiya at weddings
The mukathiya or shari'a is a woman assigned - in traditional weddings - to beautify the bride and advise her on certain health and sexual matters. She also advises the bride not to let her husband touch her until he gives her money or golden ornaments. The mukathiya has no other work and so she takes this opportunity to sell combs, rings and other ornaments to women attending the ceremony. [Yemen Times, 8 Feb 1999]

Le Cheikh de la nuit. Sanaa: organisation des souks et société
lecture by Micheline Paunet, Le Monde Diplomatique, June 1997 (in French)

Private prisons in Yemen
Tribes, and the sheikhs who operate their own jails. Moussa al-Nomrani, Tharwa Foundation, 2008

Hadhrami migration in the 19th and 20th centuries
by Ulrike Freitag (British-Yemeni Society Journal, December 1999)

Some Yemeni proverbs
Compiled by Najla Abu-Taleb (British-Yemeni Society Journal, November 1998)

Languages of Yemen
Ethnologue Database

The British Council in Yemen
by Brendan McSharry (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

From the roof of Arabia to the coal cellar
by Patricia Aithie (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

Aden police during colonial times
Interview with John Willis, author of "Colonial Police in Aden, 1937-1967" [Yemen Times, 4 Jan 1999]

Book review: From Ta'izz to Tyneside
An Arab community in the north-east of England during the early twentieth century. By Richard I. Lawless (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

The Keith Falconer Mission 1886-1963
by H K Robertson (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

Hadramis in Singapore
by Ameen Ali Talib (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

Book review: Indigo in the Arab World
by Jenny Balfour-Paul (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

Housing development in Yemen
by Kamal Haglan (Ministry of Construction, Housing and Urban Plannng)

The Arabs in Southeast Asia
by Omar Farouk Shaeik Ahmad - Yemen Update 33 (1993: 42-43)

Hadrami emigration, 1750-1967
report on a SOAS workshop, by Linda Boxberger - Yemen Update 37 (1995: 27)

Contemporary wooden fishing craft of Yemen
Boat-building in the Tihama and Gulf of Aden, by Edward Prados - Yemen Update 40 (1998: 5-8)

Transforming cultural, racial and gender categories
An ethnographic update on social relations in two northern Yemeni communities, by Delores M. Walters - Yemen Update 37 (1995: 6 -9)

Women in Ancient Yemen
by David Warburton - Yemen Update 36 (1995: 23, 33)

The Bank Notes of Yemen
Extracts from an illustrated book by Peter Symes, Murray Hanewich and Keith Street - the definitive work on this subject.


Sheikh Abdulla Ali al-Hakimi: religious leader
and political reformer

by Dick Lawless (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

A clash of fundamentalisms
Wahhabism in Yemen, by Shelagh Weir (Middle East Report, July-September 1997)

The underground friends of God and their adversaries
A case study and survey of Sufism in contemporary Yemen
by David Buchman - Yemen Update 39 (1997: 21 -24)

A Zaydi revival?
by Bernard Haykel - Yemen Update 36 (1995: 20 -21)

Conversations with a religious shaykh
Yemen Times - Yemen Update 36 (1995: 7, 11)

Christian-Muslim Relations
by Bishop John Brown (British-Yemeni Society Journal, December 1999)

Reflections on Yemen, Islam and Violence
by Muhammad al-Masyabi (British-Yemeni Society Journal, December 1999)


A medical perspective on the Yemen
by Dr Iain Murray-Lyon  (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

Contraception in Yemen
by Dr Najeebah Ba-Hubaish, National Program Officer, UNFPA (Yemen Times, 18.1.99)

The Ras Morbat Clinic, Aden
by Dr Harry K Robertson  (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

Marie Stopes International in Yemen
by Jane Diamond (British-Yemeni Society Journal, November 1998)

Infant and child mortality in Yemen
by Ahmed al-Barakani and Ahmed Abd al-Rub
(Yemen Times, 4.1.99)

Medical and pharmaceutical products in Yemen
(Yemen Times, 25.1.99)

Introduction to ethnomedicine: examples from Yemen
by Beth Kangas - Yemen Update 35 (1994: 22-27)

Murshidat, midwives and nurses: women transforming health care and social relations in Yemen
by Delores M. Walters - Yemen Update 40 (1998: 32)


Sana'a International School

Education as a strategic deterrent in a backward society (Yemen as a case)
by Prof Mohammed al-Maitami

Civic education project in the Hadhramaut
by Fida Nasrallah  (British-Yemeni Society Journal)

Education of girls in the Yemen
by Laila Noman (British-Yemeni Society Journal)


In the Yemeni society section


In the Yemen section



The Despairing Developer:
Diary of an aid worker
in the Middle East

Timothy Morris / Paperback, 1996


Yemen: travels in dictionary land
Tim Mackintosh-Smith / Hardback, 1997

Civil Society in Yemen
Sheila Carapico / 1998

Arabs in Exile - Yemeni Migrants in Urban Britain
by Fred Halliday


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Last revised on 07 August, 2015