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Ahmed Al-Tars Al-Arami

Ahmed Al-Tars Al-Arami is a contributing researcher at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the executive director of Arabia Felix Center for Studies. His research focuses on social and tribal structures and transformations in Yemen. Al-Arami is the author of The Secret Religion of Yemen: The Deity of Hakim Al-Falah in Folklore, published by Arwaqah House, Cairo: 2019.

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The Emir and the Sheikh: Al-Qaeda’s attempts to integrate into the Yemeni tribal system

December 15, 2021
The 2009 announcement of the merger of the militant group Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni and Saudi Arabian branches marked a fundamental change in the organization’s structure.[1] No longer would the group restrict itself to the borders of regional nation-states. The new organization, announced from Yemen’s Shabwa governorate and headed by Yemeni Nasser al-Wu…

Tribes and the State in Marib

May 4, 2021
Introduction For most of Yemen’s modern history, the tribes of Marib have largely been perceived as hostile toward the state. This perception, however, has been turned on its head since the armed Houthi movement seized the capital Sana’a in 2014, after which the group set its eyes on neighboring Marib. In response, Marib’s tribes have emerged as t…