AIYS Publications

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With the exception of the AIYS annual bulletin Yemen Update, all AIYS publications should be ordered from MESA. For ordering instructions see below.

Items marked with an asterisk * are out of print.

AIYS publications are produced with the aid of subventions provided by successive program grants from the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Yemen Bibliography Series
1. Studies on Yemen, 1975-1990: A Bibliography of European Language Sources for Social Scientists, compiled by Thomas B. Stevenson, 1994 (xx+197 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-01-8. $15.

Yemen Development Series
1. Yemeni Agriculture and Economic Change: Case Studies of Two Highland Regions, by Sheila Carapico and Richard Tutwiler, 1981 (x+191 pp.). Long thought to be out of print, a few copies have recently been located. $15.

*2. Bibliography on Women in Yemen, by Joke Buringa (edited by Marta Colburn), 1992 (158 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-00-X. Out of print.

Yemen Research Series (translations of Western-language research into Arabic; click here for a detailed list of contents). Books in this series are primarily intended for distribution in Yemen, but some copies are available from MESA (see ordering information below).

*1. Political Studies on Yemen, 1990-1994 (edited by Abdu Hamood Al-Sharif), 1996 (ii+222 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-03-4. Out of print.

2. Studies on the Ethnology of Yemen (edited by Lucine Taminian with the assistance of Abdul Karim Al-Aug). 1997 (320 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-04-2. $15.

3. Studies on Women in Yemen (edited by Lucine Taminian). 1997 (292 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-05-0. $15.

4. North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Yemen (edited by Noha Sadek). 2002 (viii+365 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-08-1. $15.

5. Studies on Medieval Yemen (edited by Noha Sadek). 2002 (212 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-09-3. $15.

6. Challenging the Familiar: Anthropological and Historical Studies of Yemen (translated and edited by Lucine Taminian). December 2006. ISBN 1-882557-14-X. $20.

Yemen Translation Series
1. My Journey through Arhab and Hashid, by Eduard Glaser (translated by David Warburton), 1993 (xi+31 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-02-6. $5.

2. Visits and Customs: The Visit to the Tomb of the Prophet Hud, by Shaykh 'Abdalgadir Muhammad al-Sabban (translated by Linda Boxberger and Awad Abdelrahim Abu Hulayqa, with an introduction by Linda Boxberger; identical text in English and Arabic), 1999 (iii+44+57 pp., 7 plates). ISBN: 1-882557-06-9. $10.

3. City of Divine and Earthly Joys: The Description of San'a', by Sayyid Jamal al-Din 'Ali ibn 'Abdullah ibn al-Qasim ibn al-Mu'ayyad bi'llah Muhammad ibn al-Qasim ibn Muhammad al-Shahari (translated into English by Tim Mackintosh-Smith from the Arabic text edited by 'Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Hibshi). 2001 (xii+34 pp.). ISBN: 1-882557-07-7. $10.

4. The Book of Sana'a (Kitab San'a), by Dr. 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Maqali (rev. Arabic version of the edition published in 2000 by Riad el-Rayyes Books; translated into English by Bob Holman and Samuel Liebhaber; introductions by S. Liebhaber, B. Holman, and Muhammad Abd al-Sallam Mansur, and annotations by Christopher Edens). 2004. ISBN 1-882-557-12-3. $15.

5. An Introduction to Hijrahs and Other Refuges of Learning in Yemen, by al-Qadi Isma'il ibn 'Ali al-Akwa' (translated into English and introduced by Tim Mackintosh-Smith). 2009 (iv+62 pages). ISBN: 1-882557-15-8. $15.

Miscellaneous Research and Documentation Publications
Ma'alim al-zira'a fi-l-Yaman ("Agricultural Knowledge in Yemen"), by Yahya Al-Ansi. Sana'a: Published jointly by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and the Centre Français d'Études Yéménites. Arabic text. Volume 1, 1998 (iii+589 pp.; distributed by the French Center); volume 2: 2003, (200 pp; distributed by MESA on behalf of AIYS and the French Center; $15). The traditional agricultural lore of Yemeni farmers is conserved in oral tradition through the poems of two mythical persons, Ali Wald Zayid and Humayd b. Mansur. Together the two volumes constitute the first study of this genre in the Arabic language.

The 'al-Hasan bin al-Qasim Mosque Complex: An Architectural and Historical Overview of a Seventeenth Century Mosque in Dhuran, Yemen, by Bruce Paluck and Rayya Saggar. Text in English and French with complete Arabic translation; published jointly by the American Institute for Yemeni Studies and the Centre Français d'Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales de Sanaa Sana'a: AIYS, 2002 (28 + 35 pp.). ISBN 1-882557-10-7. $20.

Social Issues in Popular Yemeni Culture, by Abd al-Rahman Mutahhar. Arabic text, plus translation into English edited and annotated by Janet C.E. Watson. Sana'a: Social Fund for Development, 2002. $18.

Visions of Yemen: A Filmography, by Thomas B. Stevenson. Ardmore PA: AIYS, 2003 (64 pp., illustr.). ISBN 1-882557-11-5. $20.

From the Queen of Sheba to the Republic of Yemen: K-12 Resource Guide and Classroom Ideas, by Marta Colburn. Ardmore PA: AIYS, 2006 (209pp+26pls). ISBN 1-882557-13-1. $20.

Yemen Update
The AIYS bulletin Yemen Update, published annually, is distributed free of charge to all paid-up AIYS members. The last number published is no. 51 (2011); no. 52 for 2012 is due out in early 2013. The non-member subscription price is $40.00.

To place non-member subscriptions or to order back copies, see below.
To become an AIYS member, click here.

Video documentaries
The Architecture of Mud, a research project of Pamela Jerome and Caterina Borelli supported by a fellowship from AIYS using USIA NMERTA funds; produced by Caterina Borelli, 1999. 52:30 mins. The video documentary is available in either English (NTSC or PAL format) or Arabic (PAL format), and may be purchased from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is also available for This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . AIYS institutional members receive a discount on the purchase price and should place their order through the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Murshidat: Female Primary Health Care Workers Transforming Society in Yemen, a video documentary by Delores M. Walters, whose research was supported by an AIYS fellowship using USIA funds. 1999. 35 mins. $50.00. The video is distributed by Penn State Multi-Media Services.

Qudad: Reinventing a Tradition, a video project of Caterina Borelli supported by a fellowship from AIYS using Department of State/ECA funds; produced by Caterina Borelli, 2003. 56 mins. The video documentary is available in either English (NTSC or PAL format) or Arabic (PAL format), and may be purchased from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It is also available for This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . AIYS institutional members receive a discount on the purchase price and should place their order through the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

How to order AIYS publications

To order AIYS publications  
Make payment payable to AIYS and send orders to:

American Institute for Yemeni Studies
c/o Council of American Overseas Research Centers
PO Box 37012 MRC 178
Washington, DC 20013
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In Yemen only, purchase directly from the AIYS in Sana'a

AIYS
P.O. Box 2658
Sana'a, Yemen
(011-967-1)-278-816, fax (011-967-1)-285-071
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