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Yemen’s lost Pre-Islam School of Medicine – Part I
Culture

Yemen’s lost Pre-Islam School of Medicine – Part I

When books on Arab heritage discuss medical schools from the pre-Islamic era, we find that they mention in…
The Wise Ancient Poet, Al-Afwah Al-Awdi
Culture

The Wise Ancient Poet, Al-Afwah Al-Awdi

There is a Yemeni poet from pre-Islamic times, considered to be one of the first poets, who is…
What do Yemenis believe in? A Brief History of Popular Beliefs
Culture

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…
The Modern Bahoot: Critical Reflections on the Myth of Al-Hamdi
Culture

The Modern Bahoot: Critical Reflections on the Myth of Al-Hamdi

Ibrahim al-Hamdi [1] is a name regarded with exceptional veneration in the popular memory. His name rose through…
Women in the Rasulid State: A History of Founding Schools in Yemen
History

Women in the Rasulid State: A History of Founding Schools in Yemen

Scholarship on the Rasulid Sultans’ agenda Scholarly schools in Yemen were established during the Ayyubid rule, under the…
Abdullah Hadi Subayt
Culture

Abdullah Hadi Subayt

Poet, composer and singer, Abdullah Hadi Subayt (1918–2007) was a pioneering Yemeni figure, in written word and original…
Hayyim Habshush the Wanderer and the Search for Inscriptions in the Land of Sheba
Culture

Hayyim Habshush the Wanderer and the Search for Inscriptions in the Land of Sheba

Some say that he traded in gold and silver; others say that he reclaimed and cultivated lands north…
Did Arabic Singing Originate in Yemen?
Art

Did Arabic Singing Originate in Yemen?

In the pre-Islamic era, Arabic singing and music were still emerging and in their very early stages. However,…
May 22: Exhuming Memory
Op-ed

May 22: Exhuming Memory

Many are the  moments in history that aspired to re-establish unity, some of which led to further divisions. The…
The Madrasa al-Shamsiya and its Role in Community Awareness in the Mid-twentieth Century
Culture

The Madrasa al-Shamsiya and its Role in Community Awareness in the Mid-twentieth Century

In early Islamic history, in addition to their religious role, mosques served as important learning centers. Education took…
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