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Spring Programme 2005

Wednesday, 16th February

Dr Abdul Jalil Shaif, Chief Executive of the Yemeni Community Association in Sheffield will talk about its activities.

By kind permission of H.E. the Ambassador, the meeting will take place at the Embassy of the Republic of Yemen , 57 Cromwell Road , London SW7 2ED at 6 p.m. Please let the Embassy know if you wish to attend: 020 7584 6607 or 020 7589 3350.

Wednesday, 17th March

We are invited to join the Society for Arabian Studies for a lecture by Dr Nadia Durrani on “The Pre-Islamic Archaeology of the Red Sea Coastal Plain of Yemen”. Since completing a PhD on the Tihama four years ago, Nadia Durrani has been working as a journalist.. She writes for Current World Archaeology and Current Archaeology magazines. The meeting will be held at 5.30 p.m. in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at the School of Oriental & African Studies, Thornhaugh Street , London WC1 with refreshments to follow the lecture.

Wednesday, 30th March

Members of the Society are cordially invited by the Middle East Association to attend a talk by Captain Roy Facey on “Aden Port Development” at 4.30 p.m. Please telephone the MEA if you wish to attend: 020 7839 2137.

May Lecture

Tim Mackintosh-Smith has kindly agreed to address the Society on a date to be confirmed. Further details shortly. 

Society News
Hon. Secretary: Julian Paxton, 23 The Green, Richmond, TW9 1LX
Tel: 020 8940 6101. 

Annual General Meeting

The Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 8th June. Details of the meeting will be circulated nearer the time.

The Committee is grateful to all those members who have paid their 2005 subscriptions of £20 either by Standing Order or cheque promptly and reminds those who have not yet changed their STD from £15 to £20 to kindly do so. Those members who sent cheques for only £15 are requested to send another cheque for £5 to the secretary at 23 The Green, Richmond , TW9 1LX .

The Society's Tour to Soqotra

Eight members of the Society including both the Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer have just returned from a most successful visit to the island, but are sad to have to report that one child died, a number of houses were damaged and fishing tackle was lost as a result of the tsunami on 26 December 2004

The British Yemeni Society will hold its Annual General Meeting in the week beginning Monday, 7th June. Details of the meeting will be circulated nearer the time.

New and recent Publications

Sultans of Aden 
by Gordon Waterfield, republished by Stacey International ISBN 1900988 410 Price £22.50

The Gaysh 
A history of the APL 1927-61 & the FRA of South Arabia 1961-67, due for publication in March 2003 Price £29.95

Yemeni Voices - Women Tell Their Stories
Edited by Marta Paluch

This book is the result of a British Council project in Yemen. It is a collection of interviews with Yemeni women about their lives, their work and their views on development and the changing lives of women in Yemen. Some 40 women were interviewed and 20 interviews were selected for the book. Some of the women are well known in their field: Khawla Sharaf, a former MP, Amat al-Aleem al-Souswa, ambassador to the Netherlands, Fatima Kahtan, currently working at the British Council, but most are only known within their own communities and theirwork sectors. Yet all are in some way extraordinary women who have confronted the limitations of women’s traditional role and succeeded in moving beyond them.

The book is illustrated by the Yemeni artist Amnah al-Nassiri, whose paintings were among those exhibited at the society’s exhibition in October and November 2000. The women who tell their stories include a primary school teacher, a school inspector, doctors, a midwife, a rural health education worker, rural women’s development workers, a social researcher and women working with the "Akhdam" community. Their stories deal with the many difficulties faced by Yemeni women and describe the cultural framework of their lives but at the same time make us realise how many of the feelings, responses and aspirations described are no different to those of other women all over the world.

The book has 300 pages and retails at £7.50. It is available from Al Saqi and Arthur Probstham bookshops in London or can be purchased directly from the author. For more information e-mail

Minaret Building & Apprenticeship in Yemen
by Trevor Marchand, SOAS, University of London

ISBN 0 7007 1511 8. Published by Curzon Press Limited, 51a George Street, Richmond TW9 1HJ. Tel: 0208-948-4660 for further details and price.

Tyro on the Trucial Coast
by Julian Walker

Julian Walker, a member of the Society, was appointed Ambassador to Yemen in 1979, but this book only describes the first 18 months he spent in the Diplomatic Service. It is however a fascinating account of a young man in the 1950s plunged in at the deep end to fulfil an unconventional role in the Arabian Peninsula before oil was found in what are now the United Arab Emirates.

The book is published by the Memoir Club, the Old School, New road Crooktown, Durham DL15 8QX Tel: 01388 768973 Fax: 01388 768974

The Armed Forces of Aden 1839-1967
by Cliff Lord & David Birtles

This book presents a detailed record of the armed forces raised in Aden and the Protectorate during British rule. It also features new information relating to Turkish military activity on the Yemen border in 1902 and the confrontation between the Turkish and British forces in World War One. Arab, British and Indian units are all listed with photos of their uniforms, insignia and equipment.

The book is due for publication in January 2000 and can be ordered from Helion & Company, 26 Willow Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 lUE Tel: 0121 705 3393 Fax: 0121 711 1315. Email: Website: