Category Archives: Aden

Aden Hinterland Freed!


A picturesque ceremony took place recently at Lahej, the capital of the Aden hinterland, on the occasion of the restoration to his throne, under British auspices, of the Sultan, Sir Abdul Karim ibn Fadthli ibn Ali, K.C.I.E.  He succeeded to the throne on January 1, 1918, and was recognized as Sultan by the British Government, but it was only lately that he was installed after the evacuation of Lahej by the Turks.  There were some 7000 Turkish troops in the Aden hinterland and southern Yemen, and for some time after the armistice granted to Turkey, it is said they refused to evacuate those territories, believing the news to be a hoax.  Special envoys had to be sent from Constantinople to convince them, and they have since surrendered and have been shipped out of the country.

from The Illustrated London News, March 1, 1919– 293.



New Book: Arabia Incognita

In 2011, millions of Yemenis calling themselves the Peaceful Youth joyfully joined the “Arab Spring.” Four years later, popular aspirations for social justice and a serious attempt at national dialogue were thwarted by deadly domestic power struggles. When the pro-Saudi, US-supported government fled to Riyadh in April 2015, the Kingdom led a multinational military intervention inside Yemen. By December, daily bombardment had killed thousands of fighters and civilians, injured and displaced hundreds of thousands, and decimated homes and infrastructure. A naval blockade cut off access to fuel, medicine, and food for millions. In addition to this humanitarian catastrophe, the ensuing chaos emboldened al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and led the group ISIS to expand there.

Perfect for understanding the political economy, geopolitics and social relations of the region.Prof. Laleh Khalili, University of London, SOAS

Arabia Incognita helps readers understand this tragic misadventure by tracing the Arabian Peninsula’s modern history from Yemen’s strong anti-imperial movement of the 1960s through the present series of conflicts. The majority of the essays focus on Yemen’s colorful and complex internal socio-political dynamics; others draw attention to parallel, often inter-connected disharmonies inside the Gulf’s petro-kingdoms; wider regional upheavals and movements; and America’s deep, vast and very problematic security involvement in the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Peninsula.


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مطعم كباب بالو


مطعم كباب بالو
بموقعه المعروف في الميدان في بداية الشارع المؤدي إلى مسجد حسين الأهدل، مطعم متخصص ببيع الكباب، أفتتحه الحاج بالو في عام 1864م.
جاء الحاج بالو، مع كثيرين من الهنود الوافدين، يحمل مشروعه الصغير إلى عدن، وكان قبل مجيئه بائعاً للكباب على الرصيف في أحد شوارع في الهند. وبعد وصوله إلى عدن فٓتِح محله للكباب بالقرب من مقهى «زكو»، الذي أصبح اشهر مطعم كباب في عدن، وتُحٓضٓر عجينة الكباب المميز في بيت صاحب المطعم وفقاً لوصفة خاصة لم يكتشف سرها حتى الآن.
توفى مؤسس المطعم منذ مدة طويلة إلا أن المطعم الذي يديره الأن أحفاده يشكل معلم من معالم كريتر ويحافظ على شهرته ومكانته لدى محبي الكباب من أهالي عدن وزوارها.
الصور من صفحة الصديق العزيز الصحفي حسن قاسم.

New article on southern Yemen

“Spaces in the Making:” Peripheralization and Spatial injustice in Southern Yemen

Anne-Linda Amira Augustin
META, Middle East Topics and Arguments, Vol. 5 (2015)
PDF available here.



By using the concept of peripheralization as defined by Fischer-Tahir and Naumann (2013), I examine how processes of change in economy, demography, political decision-making, and socio-cultural norms and values have marginalized southern Yemen after 1990, and especially after the war of 1994. I will argue that politically produced spatial injustice has strengthened the desire for southern Yemeni independence.


peripheralization; spatial injustice; Southern Movement; Southern Yemen

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Anne-Linda Amira Augustin is a research associate in Middle Eastern Studies and Sociology in the research network “Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa” at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Philipps-University Marburg. She holds a M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Russian and French. Her current research interests include independence and protest movements, unrecognized statehood, social space production and memory transmission.