Muhammad ʿAbd al-Malik al-Mutawakkil: A Political Biography
META, Middle East Topics and Arguments, Vol 4, 2015
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.
al-Mutawakkil; Yemen; Intellectual; Opposition; Human Rights; Joint Meeting Parties
In mocking a Saudi dance called “Barbs”, several Yemenis have come up with their own dance to qat… Watch the brief video here.
“Spaces in the Making:” Peripheralization and Spatial injustice in Southern Yemen
META, Middle East Topics and Arguments, Vol. 5 (2015)
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
Heavy rains in al-Azraq, Dhali‘ region of Yemen.
Photograph courtesy of Dr. Mohamed Gerhoum.
Despite the massive damage inflicted on Yemen, the resilient spirit of the people of Yemen matches the beauty of Sanaa.
(Photograph courtesy of Dr. Mohamed Gerhoum)