Muhammad ʿAbd al-Malik al-Mutawakkil Biography

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Muhammad ʿAbd al-Malik al-Mutawakkil: A Political Biography

Jens Heibach
META, Middle East Topics and Arguments, Vol 4, 2015
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Abstract

Muhammad ʿAbd al-Malik al-Mutawakkil (1942-2014), professor of political science at Sanaa University, deputy secretary-general of the Union of Popular Forces, and pioneer of the human rights movement in South Arabia, was one of the few home de lettres in Yemen whose intellectual clout extended far into the Arab world. As an outstanding figure of political and scholarly life in the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, his vita exemplifies the ups and downs of Yemeni politics in the post-imamic, republican era up to the fall of ʿAli ʿAbdallah Salih, just as his writings are an enlightening guide to the understanding of the latter and the Yemeni social fabric as a whole. This article seeks to provide a political biography of a man whose calm and sensible voice many will find missing in these times of turmoil.

Keywords

al-Mutawakkil; Yemen; Intellectual; Opposition; Human Rights; Joint Meeting Parties

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17192/meta.2015.4.3260

Jens Heibach is a research associate in the department of Middle Eastern Politics at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Marburg University. He holds a diploma in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin. His research interests include political opposition, conflict resolution, political Islam as well as politics and society of the Arabian Peninsula.

email: heibach@staff.uni-marburg.de

 

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)
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Abstract

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.

Keywords

peripheralization; spatial injustice; Southern Movement; Southern Yemen

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17192/meta.2015.5.3526

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.