Culture

Some say this is the result of arranged marriages, being tied to someone that you don't know, or love.

Arranged marriages under scrutiny: Where is the love?

Published on 20 December 2010 by Safia Aljabry

Some wonder how arranged marriages work. Others are born believing that it’s the right way, while many remain confused about the issue.

An increasingly infamous reputation and the competition of cheap VCDs has led Yemeni cinemas into financial trouble, causing some to close down.

Yemenis don’t like going to the cinema

Published on 16 March 2009 by Almigdad Mojalli

Despite the popularity of cinema halls in the late eighties, today Yemeni culture does not encourage movie theaters because of the social stigma associated with movie halls and the increase in religious conservative thinking. To catch up with the latest in the cinema industry, Yemenis instead resort to satellite television channels and DVDs.

The minaret is located in the south-eastern corner of the mosque. It was built next to the mosque’s main gate on a large square base to enable it to carry the 20 meter high minaret.

Al-Rawda Grand Mosque

Published on 10 November 2008 by Mahmoud Assamiee

Al-Rawda Grand Mosque is located historical city of Al-Rawda, north of the capital Sana'a. The mosque was built over 400 years ago in 1046 A.H. by Ahmad bin Al-Imam bin Al-Qasem known at that time as Abu Taleb, from whom the current Abu Taleb family members, still powerful in the area, are descendants.

Women and murder testimony

Published on 11 January 2011 by Faisal Al-Safwani

The Yemeni judiciary system refuses to accept a woman's testimony in murder cases simply because she is a woman. Some consider this clear discrimination against women in Yemen.

Photographer Boushra Al-Mutawakel in traditional Yemeni hijab

This article has photo galleryHijab, politics, fashion and identity

Published on 16 December 2010 by Yazeed Kamaldien

Yemeni photographer Boushra Al-Mutawakel, who has lived in America for half her life, decided to respond through her work to what she feels has been an increase in discrimination against Muslims, particularly women who wear the Islamic headscarf or hijab.

Muslims believe that they can protect themselves from demons by avoiding sin, reading the Qur’an and praying regularly.

Exorcism: souls possessed by demons find spiritual cures

Published on 23 December 2010 by Shatha Al-Harazi

Demons can possess a person’s body and spirit and it’s not always easy to get rid of it. Demonic work has an Islamic response while psychologists offer opinions too. Personal stories reveal the dark side of demonic interference.

This article has photo galleryThe dazzling white mosque of Rada’

Published on 20 September 2010 by Mahmoud Assamiee

Visit Rada’ in Al-Baida for the first time and you will spot a dazzling white mosque surrounded by a luscious green yard. Topped with eight domes, the mosque was once an important center of Islamic learning.

This article has photo galleryYemeni photographer Ibi Ibrahim: “Love has no religious or political affiliation.”

Published on 23 August 2010 by Nadine Ibrahim

Ibi Ibrahim, 23, grew up in the Middle East but now works as a photographer in New York. His latest portraits, exhibited last month in the US, provoke a lively debate about identity in the context of the social and religious norms of the Islamic world. The Yemen Times interviewed him about his work, including his latest collection of thought-provoking black and white photographs, and the concepts that they challenge.

Throne of Balqis in Mareb. German archaeologists have been conducting excavation and restoration works in Yemen for 30 years now and have helped to preserve some of Yemen’s most valuable ancient sites.

Ruins upon ruins: the legacy of queen of Sheba

Published on 12 January 2009 by Salma Ismail

Officials are calling for adequate security personnel to protect the sites while no excavation is being carried out. Most security personnel are Bedouins and do not understand the importance or the historical value of the sites.

Novelist Ali Al-Muqri

This article has photo galleryNovelist Al-Muqri: “Writing is a deep excavation into human suffering.”

Published on 22 February 2010 by Khaled Al-Hilaly

In his latest novel, The Handsome Jew, Al-Muqri narrates the story of the educated daughter of a Mufti who falls in love with a Jewish man and marries him. The novel, set in seventeenth century Yemen, addresses the issue of tolerance of other religions and social classes.



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