This photograph of shari‘ Jamal in Sanaa was taken in 1963. Courtesy of Dr. Muhammad Gerhoum, from the Facebook page of ‘Abd al-Hamid al-Hajj.
AIYS member and long-time supporter Marjorie Ransom has just published her beautifully illustrated and diligently researched book on Yemeni silverwork. This is a must for anyone interested in Yemeni culture. It can be purchased from AUC Press or Amazon. Get your copy today…
The photographs are exquisite as the sample here shows.
Here is the description of the book by the publisher:
This continues a thread on Wilfred Thesiger, who crossed the Empty Quarter in 1947-48. These are images from the museum in al-‘Ayn.
Mahra boy (1948)
Sa’ar tent (1947-48)
Anyone who knows anything about Arabia has no doubt heard of Lawrence of Arabia, even if only via Peter O’toole’s dazzling Hollywood version. But there is also Thesiger of Arabia, especially his extraordinary trips across the Empty Quarter in the 1940s. While in al-‘Ayn two weeks ago I was able to visit the old fort, now a museum displaying a number of photographs that Wilfred Thesiger took on his trip from Yemen to the Emirates and his visit with Shaykh Zayed. The albums of Thesiger are preserved online at the Pitt Rivers Museum website. It is well worth looking at these.
I photographed several of the images in the al-‘Ayn exhibit dealing with Yemen, and these are reproduced below:
Yemen is justifiably famous for its poets. Two of the most important Yemeni poets in the latter part of the last century were Abdullah al-Baradduni and ‘Abd al-Aziz al-Maqalih. Here is an old picture of al-Baradduni (left) and al-Maqalih (center). The third person is not identified. I thank Dr. Muhammad Gerhoum for posting this photograph on Facebook.
Anyone who has been to Yemen knows its breathtaking beauty. This beauty is well represented on the Internet. Above is a spectacular image of Sanaa at night from the Facebook Site اليمن بعدسة محبيها
Check out the website for many more photographs, mostly by Yemeni photographers.