AIYS and Yemen at MESA 1995 (Washington D.C., Dec. 7-10, 1995)

1. AIYS meetings

Board meeting (Dec. 7)

General meeting: Lecture by Yahya Al-Iryani of YCRS (Dec. 9)

2. AIYS-sponsored panels (3 maximum)

Medieval Yemen (Dec. 7)

Chair: Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University)

Participants:

  • "Qualifications of an Ideal Ruler According to the Brethren of Purity, al-Farabi and Ibn Rushd," Abbas Hamdani (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee)
  • "Ibn al-Mujawir's Tarakh al-Mustabsir: A Source for the Social and Economic History and Historical Geography of Medieval Yemen," G. Rex Smith (University of Manchester)
  • "A Yemeni 'Doomsday Book': An Archival Document from the 13th Century," Mohammed Jazm (AIYS)
  • "The Arabic Anthology of al-Malik al-Afdal: A Window on the Literary World of a 14th Century Yemeni Sultan," Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra University)

Ideologies, Discourses, and Policies in South Arabia (Dec. 8)

Chair: Paul Dresch (Oxford University)

Participants:

  • "What Would 'Tribal Islamism' Look Like?," Paul Dresch (Oxford University)
  • "Economic Transition in Southern Yemen," Charles Schmitz (University of California at Berkeley)
  • "The Third Stage of the Democratization Process in the Republic of Yemen," Iris Glosemeyer (AIYS)
  • "Yemeni-Saudi Relations in an Era of Democratization," Ahmad Noman Al-Madhagi (Ford Foundation grantee)

Yemen: Opening Up State Structures (Dec. 8)

Chair: Robert D. Burrowes (University of Washington)

Participants:

  • "North Yemen's First-Generation Modernists and Educational Emigrants: 'The Famous Forty' and Their Cohorts, 1947 -- the Present," Robert D. Burrowes (University of Washington)
  • "The Experience of Party and Political Pluralism in Yemen," Muhammad Abd al-Malik Al-Mutawakkil (Sana'a University)
  • "Political Inclusion and the Yemeni Elections of 1993," Jillian Schwedler (New York University)
  • "Democratization Theory and the Republic of Yemen," Jefferson M. Gray (University of Chicago)

3. Unsponsored panel on Yemen

Time Warps in Yemen (Dec. 9)

Chair: Sheila Carapico (University of Richmond)

Participants:

  • "The Production of Persistence: Group Identities and Religious Conflict in Modern Hadrami History," Eng Seng Ho (University of Chicago)
  • "With 'Modern' Medicine as a Gauge: Depicting and Using Yemen's Medical System in the Twentieth Century," Beth Kangas (University of Arizona)

Discussant: Bernard Haykel (Oxford University)

4. Papers on Yemen in other sections

Dec. 7:

  • "The Cult of Saints and the Reformist Discourse in Twentieth-Century Hadramawt," Alexander Knysh (University of Michigan)
  • "The Rasulid Madrasa: Form and Function," Noha Sadek (AIYS)
  • "'If You Are Yemeni, You Can Dance': The Transformation of Yemeni Tribal Dances into Symbols of National Identity," Najwa Adra (Hofstra University)
  • "Public Culture in Arab Detroit: Creating Arab/American Identity in the Transnational Domain" (Andrew Shryock (University of Michigan at Dearborn)
  • "Credit, Mortgage, and Temporary Sale: Economic Institutions of 19th and Early 20th Century Hadramawt," Linda Boxberger (University of Texas at Austin)
  • "Coffee and Conflict in a Yemeni Shari'a Court Case," Brinkley Messick (University of Michigan)
  • "Women's Qat Chewing in Yemen: Exchange, Consumption, and Hierarchy," Anne Meneley
  • "Religious Conflict in the Yemeni Highlands," Shelagh Weir (Museum of Mankind, British Museum)

Dec. 8:

  • "The Rasulid Madrasa: Form and Function," Noha Sadek (AIYS)
  • "'If You Are Yemeni, You Can Dance': The Transformation of Yemeni Tribal Dances into Symbols of National Identity," Najwa Adra (Hofstra University)
  • "Public Culture in Arab Detroit: Creating Arab/American Identity in the Transnational Domain" (Andrew Shryock (University of Michigan at Dearborn)
  • "Credit, Mortgage, and Temporary Sale: Economic Institutions of 19th and Early 20th Century Hadramawt," Linda Boxberger (University of Texas at Austin)

Dec. 9:

  • "Coffee and Conflict in a Yemeni Shari'a Court Case," Brinkley Messick (University of Michigan)
  • "Women's Qat Chewing in Yemen: Exchange, Consumption, and Hierarchy," Anne Meneley
  • "Religious Conflict in the Yemeni Highlands," Shelagh Weir (Museum of Mankind, British Museum)

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