Lecture | LUCIS What's New?! Series
Publish or Perish: Religious Zaydi publishers in Yemen during the 1990s
- Thursday 8 June 2023
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- What's New?! Spring Lecture Series 2023
2311 BD Leiden
Zaydi Muslims are found almost exclusively in the norther highlands of Yemen. Following the unification of North and South Yemen in May 1990, strict government censorship of traditional Zaydi texts was relaxed and multiple local publishing houses emerged. This new freedom, coupled with the arrival of personal computers and dedicated young scholars, led to a significant corpus of publications of Zaydi texts that had been trapped in manuscript for centuries. Which books did these young Zaydis choose to edit and publish? What can their choices tell us about the needs facing the contemporary Zaydi community in Yemen and traditionalist expressions of Islam more broadly? And is there a future for this publication movement under the regime of the anti-traditionalist Ansar Allah/Huthis?
This talk will devote special attention to the publishing efforts of Maktabat Badr in Sanaa, under the leadership of the late scholar, Dr. al-Murtada b. Zayd al-Mahatwary, where the speaker had the opportunity to study during spring 1996.