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Why Are Yemenis Killing Their Names?

Why Are Yemenis Killing Their Names?

A short while ago, I ordered an item to be delivered to my residence, but I did not have a…
On Facebook: Disclosure, or Life Laid Bare in Shades of Blue

On Facebook: Disclosure, or Life Laid Bare in Shades of Blue

  Language and expression are essential subjects of interest in the human sciences. The humanities are keen to study the…
Hadhramout: Art Returns

Hadhramout: Art Returns

We grew up listening to our parents’ stories, told with pride, about a beautiful past. According to them, Hadhramout has…
The Leader’s Country: Dismantling the Image of the Arab Dictator through Fiction

The Leader’s Country: Dismantling the Image of the Arab Dictator through Fiction

The Leader’s Country:* Dismantling the Image of the Arab Dictator through Fiction (1) One of the earliest Arabic translations of…
Lagging Behind: The Sociology of Paternalism and its hold on Yemeni Society

Lagging Behind: The Sociology of Paternalism and its hold on Yemeni Society

Yemen’s ancient civilizations were widely recognized and were always significant. Historians recall the distinctive culture, kingdoms, and myths. Its early…
Ala’a Gholam: The Journey of a Contemporary Young Oud Maker

Ala’a Gholam: The Journey of a Contemporary Young Oud Maker

What is music made of? This question has accompanied me since my early childhood. Who makes music? Who tames it,…
“I Wish I Was Still Young”: Sana’a in the Eyes of Najmia

“I Wish I Was Still Young”: Sana’a in the Eyes of Najmia

“I wish I was still young, and that I had never grown up.”   This is how she started her…
Abdulrahman al-Amri: The Bulbul of the Sana’ani Chanting Art

Abdulrahman al-Amri: The Bulbul of the Sana’ani Chanting Art

When we talk about inshad (religious chanting) in Yemen from the early 1980s to today, Abdulrahman al-Amri is the voice…
Mashaqer in Taiz: Fragrant Ornaments and the Rituals of Life and Death

Mashaqer in Taiz: Fragrant Ornaments and the Rituals of Life and Death

  Ezzadeen Mohammed stands every morning by the Grand Gate in Taiz city, south west Yemen. He carefully lines up…
What do Yemenis believe in? A Brief History of Popular Beliefs

What do Yemenis believe in? A Brief History of Popular Beliefs

Wherever human community can be found, there is a collective perception of the world that manifests in symbols and signs.…
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