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1654, Section: Culture


This article has photo gallerySana’a’s Old City: Prospects grim for cultural preservation

Published on 8 January 2015 by Ali Aboluhom in Culture

Walking through the streets of the Gezali neighborhood within Sana’a’s historic old city, Lutf Al-Mahdi, a local resident and reporter, stopped in front a home and looked at it with a mixture of perplexity and annoyance.

When women are harassed‭, ‬blame is often placed on the victims of harassment instead of those doing the harassing‭. ‬

Yemeni women face verbal harassment

Published on 18 November 2014 by Eman Al-Sharifi in Culture

“May God protect you and your family,” it begins. Perhaps not considered harassment to some, but to the women who experience it daily, the intent is obvious. “I want to know you.” “Good Morning.” “What nice eyes. “Nice body.” “Let’s have lunch together.” Yemeni women are used to hearing phrases like these the second they step away from their homes.

Al-Mudhafar Mosque, one of the few distinctive old architectural structures in Taiz, has not been well maintained by the government.

Taiz’s ancient structures under threat

Published on 30 October 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture

Laying within the old quarters of Taiz are beautifully designed houses with brown bricks and impeccable white mosques. Once hailed as the culture capital of Yemen during the Rasulid dynasty (1229—1454), Taiz is currently struggling to maintain its architectural heritage.

Yahya Enaba is a famous Yemeni singer and oud player who regularly performs at Yemeni weddings.  (youtube screen grab)

International and local music at Yemeni weddings

Published on 21 October 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture

When we speak of weddings, it goes without saying that food, decor, and music play a crucial role in keeping guests entertained.

Some view the practice of giving financial support to the groom as a show of solidarity which should continue, while others feel it places to much of a burden on those who can not afford the extra cash. (Facebook / اعراس يمانية)

Al-jibaya: A controversial wedding tradition?

Published on 2 October 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture

“Al-jibaya,” or “al-rafd,” means “financial support” and is traditionally given to the groom about to marry. It is a tradition that came about in the 10th century, according to independent Sana’a-based Yemeni historian, Nebras Anam.

Professor Liebhaber published an English-language collection of poetry by contemporary Mahri poet Hajj Dakon, as well as other Mahri poems and information on his website. [Visit:]

Mahri: A language or dialect?

Published on 2 October 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture

Mahris and linguists worry the language may soon die

Abandoned cinemas like the one in Hadda (left) and in Tahrir Square (right) constitute notable parts of Sana’a’s contemporary cityscape. Without money to produce long and costly films or locations to screen their work, many have turned to the production o

Short movies and new media cultivate Yemen’s film industry

Published on 4 September 2014 by Mohammad Al-Khayat in Culture

Ingmar Bergman once said, “film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”

Examining the remains of coffee continues to be a common method of predicting peoples’ destiny. (Paranormal Arabia website)

Myth and superstition: Sorcery in Yemen

Published on 2 September 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid in Culture

Embers burn incense, filling the room with smoke. A young female customer, her coffee cup overturned, waits for the old woman sitting in front of her to read her horoscope.

Actors and actresses claim the location they were sent to receive their wages was changed to a guarded compound in an effort to dissuade any backlash against the unexpectedly low pay‭.‬

Being played

Published on 26 August 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture

Pay down 70 percent from last year, Yemeni actors say

Unlike previous years, Yemeni actors and actresses on state-run TV channels were asked to go to a protected compound, called “Tourist City” in Sawan district, east of Sana’a, to receive their wages for their acting in drama series which aired during Ramadan.

A group of seven students at Hadramout University built Yemen's first model drilling platform which can be used to teach future students how petroleum platforms are functioning‭.‬

From the old, something new

Published on 14 August 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Culture

University students in Hadramout build model drilling platform using recycled goods