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Book Launch on Almanac Lore of the Arab gulf

tabsir , January 13th, 2023

I will be giving a book launch on my recent book on Gulf almanac lore via Zoom for the Qatar National Library on February 22, 2023. Details about…


A Methodist in Palestine

lrepublican , November 14th, 2022

In 1904 the proud D.D. Methodist Robert William van Schroik, at the age of 61, boarded a German steamer in New York for a 70-day trip to the…


Food Sovereignty vs. Food Aid: Why Smallscale Farming Suffers

dvarisco , September 11th, 2022

Traditional farming in al-Ahjur, Central Highlands (photography by Daniel Martin Varisco) The early major civilizations in the Middle East and Asia with their head start several millennia ago…


Picturing Palestine

tabsir , August 4th, 2022

This is a fabulous new book from the University of California Press discussing photographs from late 19th and early 20th century Palestine from seven notebooks by Wasif Jawhariyyeh…


Omar Dewachi on Iraq

tabsir , July 8th, 2022

Omar Dewachi, an anthropologist who was an Iraqi physician during the Gulf War, has published an article from his forthcoming book, which is entitled “When Wounds Travel: Ecologies…


Seasonal Knowledge and Arab Gulf Almanacs

tabsir , May 28th, 2022

I am pleased to announce the publication of my new book: Seasonal Knowledge and the Almanac Tradition of the Arab Gulf. Details about the book, including a free…


Where are the Himyarite Kings?

tabsir , April 29th, 2022

The war that has dragged on in Yemen for seven years has created a major humanitarian disaster. Yemen has experienced war and conflict before since the early days…


Travels in Arabia

tabsir , February 3rd, 2022

One of the books I picked up over the years was a summary of early travelers to Arabia by Bayard Taylor, a noted traveler and poet. The 1892…


The Syrian Mark Twain

tabsir , January 13th, 2022

Read the article here.


Who Owns the Holy Land?

tabsir , January 1st, 2022

As another year draws to a close, it is hard not to think in larger terms of the course of the last century. The world has seen two…


Loti on Palestine

tabsir , December 22nd, 2021

First English translation of ‘La Galilée’, an account of Pierre Loti’s travels in the Holy Land from Jerusalem to Beirut, via Damascus and many other interesting places, in…


With Pierre Loti in Persia

tabsir , December 8th, 2021

My friend, the historian G. Rex Smith, has recently translated into English a marvelous travel diary by the French military official and traveller Pierre Loti (1850-1923). It is…


Tim MacIntosh Smith

tabsir , November 28th, 2021

Read the article about Tim, whose writing on Yemen is terrific.


New Studies on History of Yemen

tabsir , November 9th, 2021

Practising Community in Urban and Rural Eurasia (1000–1600): Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Fabian Kümmeler, Judit Majorossy, and Eirik Hovden (Brill Publishing, November 20…


Egypt in 1876

tabsir , October 20th, 2021

The British diplomat Sir Valentine Chirol (1852-1929) wrote a memoir entitled Fifty Years in a Changing World (New York: Harcourt and Brace, 1928). Among the areas in the…


Goethe, as West embraces East

tabsir , September 17th, 2021

There is an interesting article on Qantara about the significance of the German poet Goethe’s famous West-Östliche Divan, first published 1819. To read an English translation, click here.


A Wolff in Shepherd’s Clothing, #3

tabsir , September 5th, 2021

Dervish; photograph by Sevryugin Anton (1830 – 1933), the official photographer of the Imperial Court of Iran In the early 19th century there was a florescence of Protestant…


A Wolff in Shepherd’s Clothing #1

tabsir , August 25th, 2021

Tabsir Redux… In the early 19th century there was a florescence of Protestant missionary interest in saving Muslim, Jewish and other kinds of Christian souls in the Middle…


The Ghost of Amanullah: Afghanistan Redux

tabsir , August 17th, 2021

The Khyber Pass in 1923 Historians generally assume that “modernity” jump-started in Afghanistan in 1919 with the crowning of Ghazi Amanullah Khan as emir and later as king…


al-Qazwini Manuscript

tabsir , August 10th, 2021

check it out here…


Hanbali Resource

tabsir , July 5th, 2021

This is a useful source with pdfs of books from and about the Hanbali school. including a number by Ibn al-Jawzi.


A Jewel of a Book by Marjorie Ransom

tabsir , May 11th, 2021

AIYS member and long-time supporter Marjorie Ransom published her beautifully illustrated and diligently researched book on Yemeni silverwork in 2014 .  This is a must for anyone interested…


Excavating Egyptology

tabsir , May 2nd, 2021

The New York Review of Books has an interesting review of three recent books on the archaeology and filmic versions of ancient Egypt.


Handbook of Yemen (1917)

tabsir , April 10th, 2021

In 1917 the British government issued a handbook on Yemen with details on the geography. local tribes and important individuals. It is especially useful for discussion of travel…