This new volume edited by Trevor Marchand will be of interest to a wide variety of people. It should be noted that some of the proceeds will go to UNHCR’s assistance to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. It can be ordered from the University of Chicago Press.
This is an excellent introduction to The Digital Bab al-Yemen project hosted at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is well worth browsing for the information on Yemeni manuscripts and the superb photographs by Dr. Jan Thiele.
Here is how the site begins:
“More than 50,000 manuscripts make up Yemen’s written heritage. Very few of them have been studied. The overwhelming majority still await (re)discovery, offering the possibility of rare and surprising insight into Islamic intellectual history. This exhibition tells the history of these manuscripts, from the scribes who created them to the modern-day scholars who study them. Learn more about the importance of Yemeni manuscripts and their variety, discover where they are preserved today, and trace the history of one representative manuscript, written in 1214, as it travels from Sanaa to Berlin and, via digitization, to virtually everywhere.
Today, experts sound the alarm because many manuscript collections are threatened either by poor storage conditions or by opponents of a multi-faceted history of ideas in Islamic scholarship. At the same time, researchers increasingly focus on analysing Yemeni manuscripts as unique original sources. These documents point back to times when manuscripts played a central role in knowledge transmission from teacher to student, not only in Yemen but all over the Islamic world.”
23 April 2017. A boy in the ruins of his school in Sa‘da City, North Yemen. According to UNICEF, here are currently over 3 million + children in Yemen who unable to attend school as the war enters a third year of conflict.
The photographer Giles Clark has uploaded a series of superb photos taken in Yemen during a trip with the United Nations OCHA team in April/May, 2017. Here are two samples.
Check it out here.
24 April 2017. Children stand in the ruins of damaged traditional mud adobe building in a small town a few kilometers south of Sa‘da City.
Pinterest has a number of photographs from the late Ottoman era in Ṣan‘ā’. Here are a few:
The Bekreyia Ottoman mosque ca. 1895
Ṣan‘ā’ scene around 1900
Ottoman military barracks around 1900
Ottoman soldiers in Manākha around 1911
Ottomans and Yemenis around 1900
There is a very useful website with pdf downloads of old books and maps of Yemen in several languages, including a number of rare volumes. This is accessible in the World Digital Library of the U.S. Library of Congress and UNESCO. If you put “Yemen” in the search function you will find over 75 books and maps, although the search will include other parts of the region later on in the list. This includes the rare volume on Études sur les dialectes de l’Arabie méridionale of Count Landberg and An Account of the Arab Tribes in the Vicinity of Aden by Frederick Hunter, as well as a 1914 map of the Aden Protectorate that you can zoom in on.
Here is an early 20th century postcard of the Great Mosque in Sanaa.
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.
The German explorer Hermann Burchardt visited Yemen in 1901 and took photographs, including those of Yemenite Jews. Several of these photographs are available in an article in Haaretz.
Yemenite Jewish children in 1901
Yemenis in Sanaa, 1901