Prices for meat in the Sanaa sūq were posted on a tablet from just before the unification in Yemen in 1990.
The cost of a kilo of beef back then was 40 riyals; in February, 2019 it was reported as 1,800 riyals.
Posted on the Facebook site: صور قديمة ونادرة لليمن
A revised version of my 2018 monograph on agriculture in al-Mutawakkilite Yemen is now available at the OEAW website. This corrects a number of errors in the original version. If you downloaded the original, please replace it with the updated version. It is available through open access here.
The Washington Post has published an article about a new Yemeni cookbook written by Amjaad Al-Hussain. The article posts a recipe for “Yemeni cornbread” (kubana). Another online recipe is available here. The book is available here in hardcover, softcover or digital. All proceeds from the digital version will be donated for food for families facing famine in Yemen. The author also has a twitter account.
The online website of National Geographic has recently uploaded an article about the Yemeni photographer Amira Al-Sharif, written by Erin Blakemore. The article describes the level of suffering in the current humanitarian crisis, as illustrated in the images. “But Al-Sharif is uninterested in highlighting those facets of Yemeni life. She prefers her photographs of Yemenis going about their business, children at school and at play, women living and loving, flowers blooming. She captures the light in Yemen that stubbornly persists in the shadows of war.”
You can see her amazing photographs on Instagram.
One of the most impressive Yemeni sites for the culture and history of Aden and southern Yemen is alamree.net. You can literally spend hours exploring this rich site. As you can see in the above image from the main page, there is information on Aden itself, coffee and mountains in Yāfi‘ the Aden zoo and the mosque of al-‘Aydarūs. There is also a treasure trove of images and photographs on Aden, some of which are very old. More photographs and videos are also available on the Facebook site of Hussain Alamree.
Tawāhī in the 1960s
Ma‘alā sūq, 1920
Local dance in Shaykh ‘Uthmān, 1947
Dan Mahoney opening the Rasulid Seminar in Bonn
On Friday, May 29, a seminar on Rasulid studies was held in Bonn, Germany at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg. Funding for the seminar was provided by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung and the Kolleg. Papers were presented by Ingrid Hehmeyer, Ellen Kenney, Dan Mahoney, Magdalena Moorthy-Kloss and Dan Varisco. Preparations are underway to publish the papers.
AIYS President Dan Varisco presented at the seminar
Seminar dinner at Em Höttche in Bonn
(left: Ellen Kenney, Roxani Margariti, Ingrid Hehmeyer, Dan Varisco, Zacharie de Pierrepont; right: Dan Mahoney, Petra Schmidl (partially hidden), Magdalena Moorthy-Kloss, Adam Sabra)
Dan Mahoney, Petra Schmidl, Magdalena Moorthy-Kloss,
AIYS member Flagg Miller spoke recently in Capetown about hunger strike activism in Yemen at the Moral and Ethical Performances in Religion Conference in Capetown, South Africa..
Trolling through archive.org can yield surprising and very obscure finds. Such is the case for this Orientalist book by Daniel Wise from 1885. The author has written it for boys (not sure if girls were on his mind) about a trip that a boy could make from Boston to Baghdad and back again. The author splices information from various travel accounts into his fanciful narrative, which has a missionary side as well.
What I found of interest was a brief discussion of coffee, probably taken from Niebuhr’s late 18th century travels. There is nothing new here, but the style is fun to consider. It is interesting to note that even back then it seems that not all Mocha coffee was coming from Mocha.
The Yemeni filmmaker Zakaria Mohammed has recently produced a short film on Yemeni coffeehouses, described on the website al-madaniya and also available on Youtube.
Cafes is a short documentary about Samaser, the old and modern cafes in Sana’a. The film chronicles these spaces in a beautiful and artistic way, and weaves their history, development and social role for the elderly and youth alike. In his film, Zakaria Mohammed focuses on the social and cultural importance of cafes for young men and women who have turned to them because of today’s war and crisis – especially as the country lacks safe spaces and suffers from a decline in leisure and recreational spaces. In addition, they value the facilities and services that these cafes are able to offer, against a background of collapsing public services across the country. Electricity and an Internet connection are among the main services that cafes provide, and that many people across the country have been unable to access at home. In his story, Zakaria oscillates poetically between the past and the present. Through a series of clips he conveys the suffering of his generation to the world, and highlights the ways in which youth resist the circumstances of war and escape their painful reality.
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