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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.

Ahmed's latest contributions

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

December 15, 2021
This paper will examine the relationship between AQAP and the Qayfah tribe, and the story of the rise, and eventual fall, of the pro-AQAP wing of the Al-Dhahab family within the tribe. The story highlights the manner in which AQAP dealt with the restrictions placed on it by the Yemeni tribal system, how they were able to capitalize on divisions wit…

Tribes and the State in Marib

May 4, 2021
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 the last line o…