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This is a reminder of the Society's events:

1. Thursday 23 October 2014 6pm: Dr Elisabeth Kendall will give a talk entitled 'Youth Activism in Eastern Yemen: Mahra in Transition'. This talk will also be held in the MBI Al Jaber Room as above.

2. Wednesday 19 November 2014 6pm: New event: Dr Mohammad Siddique Seddon PG.Dip, PhD, PG Cert.Ed, Fellow HEA will speak on his book 'The Last of the Lascars: Yemeni Muslims in Britain 1836-2012' (2014). 

The talk will be held at St Matthews Conference Centre, 20 Great Peter Street, Westminster SW1P 2BU.

Drinks will be served from 5.30pm. Tickets on the door: Members £5, Non-Members £10.

Dr Seddon is Commissioning Editor, Kube Publishing, Leicester UK. He is an author and academic who has lectured in Religious and Islamic Studies and has taught at the Universities of Chester, Cardiff and Lancaster. He has been involved in a number of television and radio presentations on Islam, including The Heaven and Earth Show (BBC1), Muslims Myths (GranadaTV) and Great British Islam (Channel 4)

MBI Al Jaber lecture series

Would members please note that The MBI Al Jaber Foundation will launch the MBI Al Jaber Lecture Series in October.

The first lecture is to be presented by Abubakr Al-Shamahi, ex-Researcher at the MBI Al Jaber Media Institute in Sana'a and also of the BBC.  He will be discussing the proliferation of private media in Yemen post 2011 and the effect that this has had on the general public and political scene.  He will also discuss the work of the MBI Al Jaber Media Institute in Sana'a.

The lectures will be given at the MBI Al Jaber Building, LMEI SOAS, 21 Russell Square, London WC1B 5EA

There is a link for further details :

New books

Members may be interested in this book written by Michael Quentin Morton "Buraimi The Struggle for Power Influence and Oil in Arabia. Click here to download a flier with further information and 30% discount.

The paperback edition of ‘A Time in Arabia’ by Doreen Ingrams will be reviewed in the upcoming Journal. The book is available at £10 for members.

Members might also be interested in the publication Islamists and the State by Stacey Philbrick Yada. This is also available to members at a discount. 

Ioan Craig on Twitter

Iona Craig’s (freelance journalist) Twitter feed gives a unique perspective on current events in Yemen. 


Your Society now has a Facebook page, under the name ‘The British-Yemeni Society’, in both English and Arabic. It aims to keep the wider public informed about Society activities, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on Yemen, and network people with common interests.

Members’ contact details

We occasionally need to make last minute changes to the programme and make every effort to keep members up to date. Where members have provided an email address, this is a simple procedure; for members without email, the Hon. Secretary will advise as many as possible – and practical – via telephone.