SOAS University of London

London Middle East Institute

The History of the Huthi Conflict

Tribes and Politics in Yemen
Marieke Brandt, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Date: 22 January 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 22 January 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Marieke Brandt is a researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. Her research focuses on tribalism, tribal genealogy and history, and tribe–state relations in Southwest Arabia. She is the author of Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict (Hurst/OUP 2017) in which she explores the Houthi conflict in Sa’dah Province, Yemen, as seen through the eyes of the local tribes. In the West the Houthi conflict, which erupted in 2004, is often defined through the lenses of either the Iranian-Saudi proxy war or the Sunni–Shia divide. Yet, as experienced by locals, the Houthi conflict is much more deeply rooted in the recent history of Sa’dah Province. Its origins must be sought in the political, economic, social and sectarian transformations since the 1960s civil war and their repercussions on the local society, which is dominated by tribal norms. From the civil war to the Houthi conflict these transformations involve the same individuals, families and groups, and are driven by the same struggles over resources, prerogatives, and power.

Chair: Shelagh Weir (Independent Researcher)

Admission Free - All Welcome

Organiser: The British-Yemeni Society in association with the London Middle East Institute

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