Expert Guide

AIYS Expert Guide

Yemen is no longer the terra incognita it was before the Arab Spring, but there is still a great deal of ignorance in America about Yemeni history, culture and religion.  A major goal of AIYS is to promote accurate and timely information about Yemen and its people.  Many of the scholars associated with AIYS have extensive knowledge of Yemen. This list serves as a guide to scholars who are willing to speak from their expertise.  AIYS maintains this list as a resource guide.  Journalists are welcome to contact the scholars below individually. Any institution or university interested in having one of our members speak should contact the scholar directly.

EXPERT GUIDE

Dr. Daniel Martin Varisco
President, AIYS
(http://ahjur.org/media.html)
•  Coffee and Qat (Catha edulis) in Yemen
•  Development in Yemen
•  History of Yemen
•  Islam in Yemen
•  Traditional Agriculture in Yemen
•  Water Issues in Yemen

Dr. Najwa Adra
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU
http://www.najwaadra.net
• Dancing in Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula
• Intangible heritage
• Tribal identity and customary law
• Women and Sustainable development
• Women's Literacy
• Women’s oral poetry

Dr. Abdulrahman Aldubaie
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• Botany of Yemen
• Education in Yemen

Dr. Laurent Bonnefoy
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Researcher, CERI/Sciences Po Paris

• International Relations
• Islamism and Salafism
• Political parties

Anna Bukhari, MSc, MA
Researcher/Affiliated to NISIS Leiden
and Eindhoven University of Technology
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www.annabukhari.nl
• Architecture
• Islam
• Material Culture
• Mosques and tombs (20th, 21th century)
• Photography
• Sacred space

Dr. Giovanni Canova
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Università degli Studi di Napoli "L'Orientale"
• Banu Hilal in Yemeni oral tradition
• Honey and beekeeping in Yemen
• Folktales of Yemen

Dr. Sheila Carapico
Professor of Political Science and International Studies
University of Richmond
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• Civic Activism
• Development in Yemen
• International Relations of Yemen
• Political system

Dr. Arianna D’Ottone
Researcher of Arabic Language and Literature

Sapienza Universita di Roma
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• Codicology of Yemeni Manuscripts 

• Numismatics
• Palaeography of Yemeni Manuscripts

Dr. Andre Gingrich
Director, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Professor of Anthropology, University of Vienna
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• Astronomy, folk (northern Yemen and Asir)

• Social organization, northern Khawlan
• Sa'da province
• Tribal history of northwest Yemen

Dr. Bernard Haykel
Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Director, Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia
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• History of Yemen
• Islamic Law
• Islamism
• Politics
• Zaydi Islam

Dr. Ingrid Hehmeyer
Associate Professor, History of Science and Technology, Ryerson University, Toronto
http://mediaspotme.com/ryerson/ingrid-hehmeyer
•  Folk astronomy
•  History of water technology
•  History of agriculture and irrigation
• Traditional Medicine

Dr. David Hollenberg
Assistant Professor of Arabic language and Religious Studies
University of Oregon;
Director, Yemen Manuscript Digitization Initiative (ymdi.uoregon.edu).
• Scholasticism and Manuscript Culture in Northern Yemen
• Zaydi Islam

Dr. Ed Keall
Emeritus Curator, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, Associate Professor, Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, Director, Canadian Archaeological Mission of the Royal Ontario Mission in Yemen
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• Excavating a medieval Islamic city in Yemen (mosques included), Zabid, AD 800-1900.
• Traditional architecture and mosque styles of the city of Zabid, Tihama coastal plain of Yemen.
• A Bronze Age Megalith culture on the Red Sea Coast of Yemen.
• Prehistoric Painted Rock Art in the foothills of the Yemeni highlands.
• A visitor facility and archaeological study center in the old military barracks compound in the city of Zabid.

Dr. Lamya Khalidi
Researcher
French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
CEPAM, University of Nice, Sophia Antipolis
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http://www.cepam.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article2435&lang=fr
• Afro- and Inter-Arabian exchange spheres
• Archaeology, Pleistocene and Holocene
• Lithic Technology in Arabia
• Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology

• Prehistoric Yemen

Helen Lackner
Independent Research and Development Social anthropologist
Over 40 years' experience in Yemen
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• Agriculture and fisheries projects (Design, implementation and evaluation)
• Rural Development
• Social structure changes and their causes
• Water management in 20th and 21st Centuries

Dr. Samuel Liebhaber
Middlebury College
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http://sites.middlebury.edu/mahripoetry/
• Language Diversity and Ideology in Southern Arabia
• The Mahri Tribes of Yemen and Oman: Language, Poetry and History
• Vernacular (“Popular”) Poetry from the Arabian Peninsula

Tim Mackintosh-Smith
http://www.mackintosh-smith.com/
• Qāt
• Ṣan‘ā', Old city
• San‘ānī dialect
Travel in Yemen

Dr. Daniel Mahoney
Researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology,
Austrian Academy of Sciences
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• History of Yemen
• State-tribe relations (7th-19th centuries)
• Medieval and early modern historiography
• Archeology (Bronze Age to Islamic period)
• Dhamar region

 

Dr. Mohammed Maraqten
Lecturer at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg,
Seminar für Sprachen und Kulturen des Orients — Semitistik, Germany
Epigrapher of the American Foundation for the Study of Man
(AFSM), USA
Mobile: 0049-(0)1520-1960876
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https://uni-hd.academia.edu/MohammedMaraqten
• Ancient South Arabian Inscriptions
•  Ancient Yemeni Minuscule inscriptions
• Pre-Islamic Yemen Cultural History
• Irrigation systems in ancient Yemen
• Awām Temple/Maḥram Bilqīs project (AFSM)

Dr. Anne Meneley
Trent University

http://www.trentu.ca/anthropology/meneley.php
• competitive sociability among Yemeni women
• embodied religion
• ethnographic fieldwork in Yemen
• food and intercultural relationships
• qat and exchange

Dr. Flagg Miller
Associate Professor of Religious Studies, The University of California, Davis
http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/people/profile/239
• Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula
• History of Yemen
• Islam
• Literature and Poetry
• Tribalism

Dr. Nathalie Peutz
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Program in Arab Crossroads Studies, New York University Abu Dhabi
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• conservation and development
• ethnographic fieldwork in Yemen
• heritage (tangible, intangible and 'world' heritage in Yemen)
• migration
• Socotra: history, contemporary society, politics, and language

Marjorie Ransom
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• Traditional Silver jewelry of Yemen

Dr. Noha Sadek
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• Architecture
• Art and material culture
• History of Yemen (9th-17th centuries)
• History of Taizz
• Women in Yemen’s history

Dr. Charles Schmitz
Department of Geography, Towson University
http://pages.towson.edu/cschmitz
• Economic Policy
• Political Economy
• Sociology of Yemeni Society
• Tribe and State Relations

Dr. Hanne Schönig
Academic coordinator, researcher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle/Saale (Germany)
http://www.zirs.uni-halle.de/zirs-hanne-schoenig.php

•  Ethnobotany
•  Magic
• Traditional medicine

Dr. Mohammed Sharafuddin
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Sanaa University
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•Tribalism
•Tribal Poetry
• Yemeni History
• Yemeni Literature
• Sufism

Dr. G. Rex Smith
Emeritus Professor of Arabic
University of Manchester

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• Arabic, Yemeni
• History, Islamic era
• Literature, Yemeni
• Rasulid Yemen

Dr. Lucine Taminian
Resident Director and Senior Researcher
The American Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TAARII)
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• Poetry
• Production of Knowledge
• Memory and Identity
• Urban cultures

Dr. Michel Tuchscherer
http://iremam.cnrs.fr/spip.php?article59
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• Coffee
• Hammams and bathing traditions in Yemen
• History of Yemen (16th-19th C.)
• Trade in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean (16th-19th C.)

Dr. Nancy Um
Professor of Art History
Binghamton University
http://www2.binghamton.edu/art-history/faculty/nancyum.html
• Visual, built, and material culture in Yemen
• History of the port of Mocha (al-Mukha)
• Trade of the Red Sea and Indian Ocean (15th - 19th C)
• European merchants and travelers in Yemen (17th - 19th C)

Dr. Delores Walters

Director, Southern Rhode Island Area Health Education Center, and Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island
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www.deloresmwalters.com
• Health Care
• Social Disparities in Yemen
• Women's Empowerment

 

 

TOPIC GUIDE


Afro- and Inter-Arabian exchange spheres (Khalidi)

Agriculture
(Hehmeyer, Lackner, Varisco)

Agriculture and fisheries projects (Design, implementation and evaluation) (Lackner)

Al-Qa’ida in Yemen (Miller)

Anthropology (Adra, Meneley, Varisco)

Astronomy, folk (Gingrich, Hehmeyer, Varisco)

Arabic dialects in Yemen (Liebhaber)

Arabic (medieval Yemeni) (Smith)

Archaeology of Yemen (Keall, Khalidi, Mahoney, Maraqten, McCorriston)

Archaeology, Pleistocene and Holocene (Khalidi)

Architecture of Yemen (Bukhari, Keall, Sadek, Um)

Art and Material Culture (Peutz, Sadek)

Banu Hilal in Yemeni oral tradition (Canova)

Botany of Yemen (Aldubaie, Schönig)

Civic Activism (Carapico)

Codicology of Yemeni Manuscripts (D'Ottone)

Coffee (Tuchscherer, Varisco)

Dance (Adra)

Development in Yemen (Adra, Carapico, Peutz, Varisco)

Dhamar Region (Mahoney)

Dialect (Ṣan‘ānī) (Mackintosh-Smith)

Education in Yemen (Aldubaie)

Economic Policy (Schmitz)

Ethnographic Fieldwork (Adra, Meneley, Peutz, Varisco)

Folktales of Yemen (Canova)

Food (Meneley)

Hammams and Bathing Traditions (Tuchscherer)

Health Care (Walters)

History, Bronze Age (Keall)

History, 16th-19th c (Tuchscherer)

History, Islamic (Haykel, Mahoney, Miller, Sadek, Sharafuddin, Smith, Varisco)

Honey and beekeeping in Yemen (Canova)

Intangible Heritage (Adra, Peutz)

International Relations (Bonnefoy, Carapico)

Irrigation (Hehmeyer, Varisco)

Irrigation systems in ancient Yemen (Maraqten)

Islam in Yemen (Bukhari, Haykel, Meneley, Miller, Varisco)

Islamism and Salafism (Bonnefoy, Haykel)

Literature (Miller, Sharafuddin, Smith)

Lithic Technology in Arabia (Khalidi)

Magic (Schönig)

Mahra and Mahri language (Liebhaber)

Material culture (Bukhari)

Medicine, traditional (Hehmeyer, Schönig)

Memory and identity (Taminian)

Migration (Peutz)

Mocha port (Um)

Mosques and tombs (Bukhari)

Neolithic and Bronze Age Archaeology (Khalidi)

Numismatics (D'Ottone)

Palaeography of Yemeni Manuscripts (D'Ottone)

Photography (Bukhari)

Poetry (Adra, Liebhaber, Miller, Peutz, Sharafuddin, Taminian)

Political Economy (Schmitz)

Political parties (Bonnefoy)

Political system (Carapico, Haykel)

Prehistoric Yemen (Keall, Khalidi)

Pre-Islamic Yemen Cultural History (Maraqten)

Production of knowledge (Taminian)

Qat (Catha edulis) (Mackintosh-Smith, Meneley, Varisco)

Rasulids (Smith, Varisco)

Rural Development (Lackner)

Sa'da Province (Gingrich)

Ṣan‘ā', Old City (Mackintosh-Smith)

Scholasticism and Manuscript Culture (Hollenberg)

Silver jewelry (Ransom)

Social Disparities in Yemen (Walters)

Social Organization, northern Khawlan (Gingrich)

Social structure changes and their causes (Lackner)

Sociology of Yemen (Schmitz)

Socotra (Peutz)

South Arabian Inscriptions (Maraqten)

Sufism (Sharafuddin)

Taiz, history (Sadek)

Tihama (Keall, Meneley)

Trade, Red Sea and Indian Ocean (Peutz, Tuchscherer, Um)

Travelers to Yemen (Mackintosh-Smith, Um)

Tribalism (Adra, Gingrich, Mahoney, Miller, Schmitz, Sharafuddin)

Tribal History of northwest Yemen (Gingrich)

Urban cultures (Taminian)

Water Issues (Hehmeyer, Lackner, Varisco)

Women in Yemen's history (Sadek)

Women, competitive sociability (Meneley)

Women and Sustainable Development (Adra)

Women's Empowerment (Walters)

Women’s Literacy (Adra)

Zaydi Islam (Haykel, Hollenberg)

 

 

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