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Publications

BOOKS

2018         

  • Culture Still Matters: Notes from the Field. Leiden: Brill. (forthcoming)
[Critical assessment of the approach to “culture” as a text and focus on the importance of ethnographic fieldwork as the core of cultural anthropology.]

2017/2007         

  • Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid. Seattle: University of Washington Press. A second edition with a new preface appeared in 2017. [In-depth critical analysis of Said’s text and his rhetoric of persuasion. Discussion of the credibility and accuracy of historical claims he makes in representing Orientalism as a Western discourse. Survey of the debate over Said’s thesis in anthropology, history, literary and post-colonial studies. Reviewed in TLS May 7, 2008, American Literary History 21(3):633-646, 2009; History and Theory 47(1):148, 2008; Merkur (Deutsches Zeitschrift f. Europäisches Denken), 717:151-164, 2009; The Review of Politics 71(1):146-149, 2009; Journal of Islamic Studies 20(2):304-306, 2009; Al-Jazeera (aljazeera.net) April 12, 2008; Common Knowledge 15(3):510, 2009; Logos 8(2), 2009; IJMES 44(2):822-824, 2012 with my response at http://tabsir.net/?p=1958]

2005         

  • Islam Obscured: The Rhetoric of Anthropological Representation. New York: Palgrave. Society for the Anthropology of Religion Series. [Critical study of the academic rhetoric used in representing Islam in the seminal anthropological texts of Geertz, Gellner, Mernissi, and Ahmed. The epilogue builds on what anthropologists have learned by observing Muslims; this is offered as a prolegomenon to future anthropological study within Islamic contexts and a more effective sharing of ethnographic analysis with scholars outside the discipline. Reviewed in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences 25(2):123-125, 2008; Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 58(2):133-154, 2006; The Journal of North African Studies 14(2): 309-316, 2009; The Journal of Islamic Studies 18(2):254-257, 2007. Excerpts reprinted in Jens Kreinath, editor, The Anthropology of Islam Reader (New York: Routledge, 2012), 322-343.]

1998         

  • The Manuscript of al-Malik al-Afḍal: al-‘Abbās b. ‘Alī b. Dā‘ūd b. Yūsuf b. ‘Umar b. ‘Alī Ibn Rasūl (d. 778/1377): A Medieval Arabic Anthology from the Yemen (Editor, with G. R. Smith). London: Gibb Memorial Trust. [Facsimile edition of a 600 page Yemeni manuscript which I photographed in Yemen in 1978. It consists of texts written by and compiled for a Yemeni sultan of the 14th century, including excerpts from many texts no longer extant. As such it is a valuable resource for a range of scholars who study the medieval Middle East. I indexed the text and wrote the introduction with G. Rex Smith. Reviews in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 27(2):212-214, 2000; Die Welt des Orients 32(2):222-226, 2002; Journal of Islamic Studies 11(2):232-233, 2000; Journal of Near Eastern Studies 60(3):232-234, 2001; al-’Usur al-Wusta 11(1): 25-26, 1999; Yemen Update 44:44-48, 2002.]

1997         

  • Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen. Variorum Collected Studies. Hampshire, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited. [Collection of one original and 15 previously published articles. These describe my research on Islamic folk astronomy, traditional Yemeni agriculture and seasonal almanac lore. Review in Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 33:206-207, 1999.]

1994         

  • Medieval Agriculture and Islamic Science: The Almanac of a Yemeni Sultan.Seattle: University of Washington Press. [Arabic edition, English translation, commentary. First major study of the almanac tradition in Yemen. The book's methodology combines ethnographic study of traditional Yemeni agriculture and dialect with a historical study of a 13th century Yemeni almanac. In his review for the press, A. I. Sabra wrote: “No library concerned with the history of science, economic and agricultural history, medieval technology, and anthropology can afford not to obtain a copy of this book.” Reviews have appeared in Annals of the Association of American Geographers 87(1):186-187, 1997; Asian Folklore Studies 55(1):190, 1996; British Journal of Middle East Studies 22(1-2):202-203, 1995; Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 59(1):148-150, 1996; Der Islam 74:374-378, 1997; Historische Zeitschrift 262:576-577, 1996; Isis 86(3): 476-477, 1995; Journal of the American Oriental Society 116(1):151-152, 1996; Journal for the Economic and Social History of the Orient 41(1):121-123, 1998; Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 5(3)415-417, 1995; Journal of Semitic Studies 41(1)178-179, 1996; al-Ma'thûrât al-Sha'biyya 38:19-23, 123-125, 1995; Tarih Incelemeleri Dergisi 20(1): 167-169, 2005; Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 10:348-351, 1995/96.]

In Preparation

  • Intangible Heritage of Seasonal Knowledge in the Arab Gulf
  • [Survey of star lore and almanac information on the seasons and activities from the early anwā’ literature to contemporary Gulf almanacs.]
  • Handbook of Ayyubid and Rasulid Yemen
  • [Survey of the available sources and research on the Ayyubid and Rasulid (12th-15th centuries) era in Yemen. Proposal accepted by Brill in Leiden.]

 

ACADEMIC ARTICLES

In Press

  • When the State becomes a Non-State: Yemen in the Huthi/Ali Abdullah Salih
  • Alliance. In Violent Non-State Actors in the Middle East, London: I.B. Tauris.
  • Rasulid Agriculture in the Ta‘izz Region. In Ta‘izz: Capital of Yemen (12th-15th Century), edited by Noha Sadek and Eric Vallet.

2018         

  • Darwin and Dunya: Muslim Responses to Darwinian Evolution. Journal of International and Global Studies 9(2):14-39. Online at http://www.lindenwood.edu/ academics/beyond-the-classroom/publications/journal-of-international-global-studies/all- issues/volume-9-number-2/

2017         

  • Yemen’s Tribal Idiom: An Ethno-Historical Survey of Genealogical Models. Journal of Semitic Studies LXII(1):217-241.Date Palm Production in Rasulid Yemen. Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lecture, ed. Stephan Conermann. Berlin: EB Verlag.
  • Conclusion: Searching for a Resolution. In Yemen and the Gulf States the Making of a Crisis, edited by Helen Lackner and Daniel Martin Varisco, 101-111. Berlin: Gerlach. Illuminating the Lunar Stations (manāzil al-qamar) in al-Būnī’s Shams al-ma‘ārif. Arabica 64:487-530.
  • Phylogeography of the Wild and Cultivated Stimulant Plant Qat (Catha edulis, Celastraceae) in Areas of Historical Cultivation. [Authors: Luke R. Tembrock, Mark P. Simmons, Christopher M. Richards, Patrick A. Reeves, Ann Reilley, Manuel A. Curto, Harald Meimberg, Grace Ngugi, Sebsebe Demissew, Abdul Wali Al Khulaidi, Mansoor Al-Thobhani, Sheron Simpson, and Daniel M. Varisco] American Journal of Botany 104(4):538–549.

2015         

  • The Sectarian Crisis in Yemen: Damage from a Divisive Storm [with Sato-Kan Hiroshi and Junji Kawashima], Middle East Institute. Electronic document: http:// www.mei.edu/content/map/sectarian-crisis-yemen-damage-divisive-storm
  • Drone Strikes in the War on Terror: The Case of Post-Arab-Spring Yemen. Gulf Studies Center Monograph Series, No. 1. Doha: Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University. Pdf online at http://www.qu.edu.qa/artssciences/gulfstudies-center/gulf_series.php

  • Pars Pro Toto Observation: Historical Anthropology in the Textual Field of Rasulid Yemen. History and Anthropology 26(1):92-109.

2014         

  • Turning Ploughshares into Words: Dialectical Diversity in Yemen Arabic. al-‘Usūr al-Wusṭā’ 22(1&2):10-15. [Discussion of long-term project collecting agricultural terminology in Yemeni dialects.]

2013         

  • Orientalism and Bibliolatry: Framing the Holy Land in 19th Century Protestant Bible Customs Texts. In Richard Netton, editor, Orientalism Revisited: Land, Art and Voyage, 187-204. London: Routledge. [Analysis of Holy Land travel and Bible Customs texts in light of Said’s failure to consider this important genre as part of his critique of Orientalism.]
  • Preface. In Bryan S. Turner and Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir, editors, The Sociology of 4
  • Islam: Collected Essays of Bryan S. Turner, ix-xii. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Edward Said and the Culture behind Orientalism. Expositions 7(2):52-54. [Reflections on previous analysis of the work of Said.]
 
  • East vs. West, Orient vs. Occident: The Binary that Haunts Orientalism and the Clash of Civilizations. In Seyed Javad Miri, editor, Orientalism, A Eurocentric Version of the ‘Other’, 79-104. London: International Peace Studies Centre Press. [Discussion of Said’s Orientalism thesis and Huntington’s “Clash of Civilizations” thesis.]
  • Lebenselixier oder Teufelszeug? Die Debatte über gesellschaftlichen Nutzen und Schaden der “Volksdroge” Khat im Jemen. In Die Araber im 21. Jahrhundert: Politik, Gesellschaft, Kulture, edited by Thorsten Gerald Schneiders, 181-209. Wiesbaden: Springer. [Translation of Varisco (2004).]

2012         

  • Qât and Traditional Healing in Yemen. In H. Schönig and I. Heymeyer, editors, Herbal Medicine in Yemen, 69-102. Leiden: Brill. [Analysis of textual and ethnographic information on the role of qât (Catha edulis) as a medicinal plant with correlations to recent scientific research on its properties and effects.]
  • Zibl and Zirâ‘a: Manure in Arabic Agricultural Texts. In Richard Jones, editor, Manure Matters: Archaeological, Historical and Ethnographic Perspectives, 129-158. London: Ashgate. [Survey of Arabic agricultural and lexical texts on the topic of manure and its use in the Arab world.]

  • The 14th Century Almanac Poem of ‘Abd Allāh ibn As‘ad al-Yāfi‘ī. Oriente Moderno XCII(1)29-64. [Arabic edition and translation of an almanac poem by a 14th century Yemeni scholar.]

  • What Camels Eat: A Study in Arabic Ethnobotany. In E. Knoll & P. Burger, editors, Camels in Asia and North Africa. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on their Significance in Past and Present, 151-161. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences. [A supplement to the article is online at http://www.ahjur.org/camelplants.html.]

  • Climbing the Virtual Minbar of Cyberspace. Review of Middle East Studies 45(2): 182-191. [Discussion of the role of internet for learning about Islam, with a focus on the making of the journal CyberOrient.]

2011         

  • When Did the Holy Land Stop Being Holy? Surveying the Middle East as Sacred Geography. In Michael Bonine, et al. editors, ‘What Is the Middle East?,’ 119-138. Stanford: Stanford University Press. [Analysis of Holy Land travel narratives in relation to Edward Said’s “Orientalism” thesis. Argues that the Middle East remains a “Holy Land” because it continues to be thinkable as such.]
  • Dancing on the Heads of Snakes in Yemen. Society 48(4):301-303. [Reflective essay on the protests taking place in Yemen in early 2011.]

  • The End of Life, the Ends of Life: An Anthropological View. Journal of the Islamic Medical Association of North America 43:203-207. [Essay based on paper delivered to a conference of Muslim physicians about anthropological views of 'end of life' issues.]
  • The 18th Century Yemeni Almanac of Yūsuf al-Maḥallī. Published online at http://filaha.org/almanac_yusuf_al_mahalli.html. [Arabic edition, and annotated English translation of an 18th century Yemeni almanac.]

  • Medieval Agricultural Texts from Yemen. Published online at http://www.filaha.org/ medieval_agricultural.html. [Updated version of an article originally published in 1989.]

2010         

  • Muslims and the Media in the Blogosphere. Contemporary Islam 4(1):157-177. [A study of the use of websites and blogs by Muslims, including dating sites.]

2009         

  • Inventing Islamism:: The Violence of Rhetoric. In Richard Martin and Abbas Barzegar, editors, Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam, pp. 33-47, 125-132. Stanford: Stanford University Press. [I provide an essay criticizing the use of the term 'Islamism" while Don Emmerson writes in defense of the term. A range of scholars respond and we provide comments on their responses.]
  • Orientalism's Wake: The Ongoing Politics of a Polemic. Viewpoints, 12, The Middle East Institute. Electronic document (http://www.mei.edu/content/orientalisms-wake- ongoing-politics-polemic-0). [My retrospective essay is among others, including scholars who reviewed Said’s Orientalism when it was first published.
  • Agriculture in al-Hamdānī’s Yemen: A Survey from Early Islamic Geographical Texts. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient. 52(3):382-412. [Detailed study of what we know about Yemeni agriculture through texts until the 11th century CE.]

2007         

  • The Tragedy of a Comic: Fundamentalists Crusading against Fundamentalists. Contemporary Islam 1(3):207-230. [A study of the Islamophobic rhetoric of Jack Chick and his comic book entitled 'The Prophet'.]

  • All that Clash Talk: Doing Cultural Anthropology in the Contemporary Middle East. Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes 13(2):14-19. [Reflective essay on the role of the Middle East anthropologist as activist.]
  • Virtual Dasein: Ethnography in Cyberspace. CyberOrient 2, Article #1. Published online at http://www.cyberorient.net/article.do?articleId=3698. [I argue that one way of approaching the ethnography of cyberspace is to treat it as virtual Dasein, in which the issue becomes being there in something-like-a-world yet still being in the world. Ethnographers now need to consider the impact of the Internet on the people they study, even in the remotest villages. Our involvement with the Internet demands a reflexivity that goes beyond musing over the mutant prospect of becoming cyborgs to assessing a new combination of humans, technology and information.]
  • Turning Over a New Leaf: The Impact of Qāt (Catha edulis) in Yemeni Horticulture. In Michel Conan and W. John Kress, editors, Botanical Progress, Horticultural Innovations and Cultural Changes, 239-256. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. [Survey of the history of the qât plant in Yemen with a focus on its origins, botanical aspects and economic impact.]
  • Making "Medieval" Islam Meaningful. Medieval Encounters 13(3):385-412. [Critique of the use of “medieval” as a period marker in the history of Islam, with a focus on periodization in Yemen.]

2006         

  • Reflections on Fieldwork in Yemen: The Genealogy of a Diary in Response to Rabinow's Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco. Anthropology of the Middle East 1(2):35-62. [In preparation for writing an ethnographic monograph on fieldwork in Yemen, I compare and contrast my field diary, written in 1978-79, with Paul Rabinow's Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco (1977). What do post-fieldwork reflections reflect meaningfully about the immediacy of ethnographic fieldwork? I examine the implications of graduate training in anthropology, culture shock, health problems, language skills and the rhetoric of narrative writing.]
  • The State of Agriculture in Late 13th Century Rasulid Yemen. Proceedings of Storia e Cultura dello Yemen in Età Islamica, 161-174. Rome: Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. [Discussion of the important Rasulid agricultural treatise of al-Malik al-Ashraf.]

2004         

  • Reading Against Culture in Edward Said's Culture and Imperialism. Culture, Theory and Critique 45(2):93-112. [Critical analysis of Said's borrowing of the culture concept from Matthew Arnold and his lack of engagement with the variety of culture concepts current in anthropology since Tylor.]
  • Terminology for Plough Cultivation in Yemeni Arabic. Journal of Semitic Studies, 49(1):71-129. [Lexical study of Yemeni dialect terms for the plough and tillage.]

  • The Elixer of Life or the Devil's Cud: The Debate over Qat (Catha edulis) in Yemeni Culture. In Ross Coomber and Nigel South, editors, Drug Use and Cultural Context: Tradition, Change and Intoxicants beyond 'The West', 101-118. London: Free Association Books. [Analysis of the role of qāt as a stimulant in Yemeni society.]

2003         

  • Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Yemeni Irrigation. In Amin al-Hakimi and Frédéric Pelat, editors, Savoirs locaux et agriculture durable au Yémen, Les Cahiers du CEFAS N° 3. Sanaa: Centre Français d'Archéologie et de Sciences Sociales. [Discussion of the value of indigenous knowledge about agriculture and irrigation for sustainable development in Yemen.]

2002         

  • September 11: Participant Webservation of the "War on Terrorism." American Anthropologist 104(3):934-938. [Analysis of the coverage of 9/11 on the Internet, including “participant webservation” of online video games involving Osama Bin Laden.]
  • The Archaeologist's Spade and the Apologist's Stacked Deck: The Near East through Conservative Christian Bibliolatry. In Abbas Amanat and Magnus T. Bernhardsson, editors, The United States & the Middle East: Cultural Encounters, 57-116. New Haven: The Yale Center for International and Area Studies. [Critical study of Christian apologetic approaches to biblical archaeology, with an emphasis on the 19th century.]
  • Taqwīm al-sulṭān ‘Umar ibn Yūsuf al-Rasūlī. In Dirāsāt fī Ta’rīkh al-Yaman al- Islāmī, 144-163. Sanaa: Institute for Yemeni Studies. [Introduction to my 1994 almanac book; translated into Arabic by Noha Sadek.]

  • Agriculture in Rasulid Zabid. Journal of Semitic Studies. Supplement 14. Studies on Arabia in Honour of Professor G. Rex Smith, edited by J. F. Healey and V. Porter, 323-351. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Detailed study of agricultural production in Wadi Zabīd during the Rasulid era, including translation of a mid-14th century text.]

2000         

  • Islamic Folk Astronomy. In Helaine Selin, editor, The History of Non-Western Astronomy. Astronomy Across Cultures, 615-650. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. [Survey of folk astronomy for pre-Islamic Arabia and early Islamic texts. Covers the lunar stations as well as the folklore on star calendars based on ethnography of the region.]

1997         

  • The Twin Twigs: Coffee and Qat. The World & I 12(7):217-227. [Discussion of the historical context of the use of two stimulants – qāt and coffee – in Yemen after the 15th century; examines the social context of qāt chews and the economic role of both crops in Yemen's recent history.]
  • Al-Sayl wa-al-ghayl: Al-nawāḥī al-bī’iya li-taqāsim al-miyāh fī al-Yaman. In Lucine Taminian, editor, Studies on the Ethnology of Yemen, 189-213. Sanaa: American Institute for Yemeni Studies. [Arabic translation by Lucine Taminian of my 1983 Human Ecology article.]
  • Why a Peach is not a Plum . . . An Author Responds to a Review That's the Pits.
  • Yemen Update 39:42-45. [Response to an uncritical review of my 1994 book.]

1996         

  • Water Sources and Traditional Irrigation in Yemen. New Arabian Studies 3:238- 257. [Revision of a chapter from my dissertation on the range of water sources and types of irrigation in Yemen; covers seasonal floods, wells, springs and cisterns, qanats and surface runoff. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]

1995         

  • The Tribal Paradigm and the Genealogy of Muhammad. Anthropological Quarterly 68(3):139-156. Reprinted in: Mona Siddiqui, editor, Islam, Vol. 1 (Sage, 2011) [Examines the Arabic texts on the genealogy of Muhammad in light of anthropological studies of kinship (especially the segmentary lineage concept) in the Middle East. The paper concludes that the formal genealogy is not credible as recorded but rather a form of textual legitimization of Muhammad as a prophet. This article appears in a special issue called "Anthropological Analysis and Islamic Texts," for which I was guest editor.]
  • Indigenous Plant Protection Methods in Yemen. GeoJournal 37(1):27-38. [Describes indigenous methods of plant protection among Yemeni farmers based on field research conducted for Yemen's Ministry of Agriculture in 1992. In addition to the documentation, the article discusses recommendations for integrated pest management in Yemen. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • The Astrological Significance of the Lunar Stations in the 13th Century Rasulid Text of al-Malik al-Ashraf. Quaderni di Studi Arabi 13:19-40. [Analysis of a prognosticative excerpt on the lunar stations from a late 13th century Yemeni manuscript by al-Malik al- Ashraf; includes an annotated translation of the excerpt. This article was solicited by Dr. Anne Regourd for a special issue on divination and magic in Yemen]

1994         

  • The Prophet's Medicine: Part 1. The World & I 9(12):262-271; Part 2 published in 10(1):263-271, 1995. [This is an article on the history of the scientific genre known as the "Prophet's Medicine" in Islamic tradition. I describe the kind of medical advice in the texts with several translated examples. It is one of the few accounts in English of this important genre of Arab science. The article was reprinted in The Yemen Times in 1995.]
  • An Anonymous 14th Century Almanac from Rasulid Yemen. Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 9:195-228. [Arabic edition and English translation of a 14th century Yemeni almanac with commentary and annotation. The almanac, which is compiled from several earlier sources, is found in the manuscript of al-Malik al-Afḍal. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]

1993         

  • The Agricultural Marker Stars in Yemeni Folklore. Asian Folklore Studies 52:119-142. [First study in English of a Yemeni star calendar based on the conjunction of the moon and the Pleiades. It includes original research on Yemeni manuscripts, as well as the results of ethnographic study among Yemeni farmers. Solicited in 1991 by Dr. Saad A. Sowayan for a special issue on Arabian folklore. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • Texts and Pretexts: The Unity of the Rasulid State in the Reign of al-Malik al- Muẓaffar. Revue du Monde Musulman et de la Méditerranée 67(1):13-21. [Historical survey of the Yemeni Rasulid sultan al-Malik al-Muẓaffar. Solicited by Dr. Michel Tuchscherer (Aix-en-Provence) for a special issue on Yemeni unity.]
  • A Rasulid Agricultural Almanac for A.H. 808/A.D. 1405-6. New Arabian Studies 1:108-123. [English translation of the Yemeni almanac I edited in Dirāsāt Yamaniyya (20:192-222, 1985). The manuscript is from the Egyptian National Library. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • The Study of "Medieval" Yemen: Recent Work and Future Prospects. Yemen Update 32:10-13. [Survey of recent studies on the history of Islamic Yemen, especially during the Rasulid period.]

1992         

  • The Future of Terrace Farming in North Yemen: A Development Dilemma. Agriculture and Human Values (Gainesville, FL) 8(1&2):166-172. [Development potential of traditional Yemeni terrace agriculture. Solicited by Dr. Dennis Warren (Iowa State University) for a special issue highlighting indigenous agricultural knowledge.]
  • A Royal Crop Register from Rasulid Yemen. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 34:1-22. [Translation of a Rasulid crop and tax register from the 14th century with extensive annotation of the terms. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • The Origin of the Anwā' in Arab Tradition. Studia Islamica 74:5-28. [My
theory that the origin of the lunar station concept in Arab tradition results from a mixing of the lunar zodiacal grid from India with indigenous pre-Islamic Arab folk calendars. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]

  • Pearls of the Gulf. The World & I 6(5):606-619. [Article on the traditional economic systems of pearling and trade and the recent impact of oil production on the local society. The article is based on fieldwork funded by a 1989 Fulbright grant in Qatar.]
  • Why Material Culture is not Immaterial. MERA Forum 14(1):1-2. [A short essay on the importance of documenting the material culture of the Arabian Peninsula before it rapidly disappears. MERA Forum is the bulletin of the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology.]

1990         

  • Folk Astronomy and the Seasons in the Arabian Gulf. Al-Ma'thûrât al-Sha'biyya (Doha, Qatar) 19:7-27. [Describes my research on folk astronomy and almanac lore of the Arabian Gulf region. It is based on ethnography, Arabic manuscripts and a desk study of the Arab Gulf States Folklore Centre's extensive library collection on Middle East folklore.]

1989         

  • Land Use and Agricultural Development in the Yemen Arab Republic. In M. Salem Murdock and M. Horowitz, editors, Anthropology and Development in North Africa and the Middle East, 292-311. Boulder: Westview Press. [Analysis of land use and tenure for agricultural development projects in Yemen with specific focus on a USAID project.]
  • Medieval Agricultural Texts from Rasulid Yemen. Manuscripts of the Middle East 4:150-154. [First published bibliography of Yemeni agricultural manuscripts. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • Rasulid Agriculture and the Almanac Tradition [and] Medicine and the Herbal in Medieval Yemen. In Werner Daum, editor, Yemen. 3000 Years of Art and Civilisation in Arabia Felix, 309-321. Innsbruck: Pinguin. [This volume accompanied an exhibition on Yemen in the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde in Munich in 1987. The articles were written in English and translated into German for a separate edition.]
  • From Rhino Horns to Dagger Handles. Animal Kingdom May/June 92(3):44-49. [Popular article describing research conducted in Yemen and Kenya for the World Wildlife Fund on rhino conservation . The article looks at the marketing and use of rhino horn for making daggers in Yemen and suggests recommendations for curbing the trade.]
  • Al-Hisâb al-zirâ'î fî urjûzat Hasan al-'Affârî. Dirâsat fî al-taqwîm al-zirâ'î al- Yamanî. Al-Ma'thûrât al-Sha'biyya 16:7-29. [Annotated Arabic edition and commentary on an 18th century Yemeni poem on the seasons and folk astronomy. It includes eight of my photographs. Reprinted in al-Iklil (Sanaa) 22/1:83-99, 1993 and Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]

  • Beyond Rhino Horn – Wildlife Conservation for North Yemen. Oryx 23(4):215-219. [Describes my wildlife conservation project on rhino conservation for World Wildlife Fund in 1987. This is the journal of the Fauna and Flora Preservation Society in England.]
  • The Anwā' Stars According to Abū Ishāq al-Zajjāj. Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Arabisch-Islamischen Wissenschaften 5:145-166. [Annotated translation of one of the earliest Arabic texts describing an important pre-Islamic star calendar known as the anwā'. This is the first translation into English of the genre. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • The Arab Gulf States Folklore Centre: A Resource for the Study of Folklore and Traditional Culture. Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 23(2):157-167. [Informational article on the Arab Gulf States Folklore Centre for members of MESA. It includes an index of the center's journal, al-Ma'thûrât al-Sha'biyya.]

1988         

  • The Qāt Factor in North Yemen's Agricultural Development. Culture andAgriculture 34:11-14. [I argue that the production and marketing of the stimulant plant qāt (Catha edulis) in Yemen has been beneficial to small Yemeni farmers, despite the fears of development officials that it is a drain on the economic system. Culture and Agriculture is the Bulletin of the Culture and Agriculture Group of the AAA.]

  • Green Arabia. Continuity and Change in North Yemen. The World & I 3(5):514-523. [Article about Yemeni culture in North Yemen, where I did my ethnographic fieldwork. I discuss the traditional social structure and recent socioeconomic changes.]

  • Folk Tales from South Arabia. The World & I 3(7):503-509. [Translation and commentary of three traditional folk tales from South Arabia. One is on a religious theme and two deal with tribal and family honor.]

1987         

  • The Rain Periods in Pre-Islamic Arabia. Arabica (Leiden) 34:251-266. [Study of the lunar station concept in Arab tradition, based on research conducted in Cairo in 1983. The focus of the study is on the rain periods indicated in poetry and early prose for pre- Islamic Arabia as compared to recent folklore from the region. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]

1986         

  • On the Meaning of Chewing: The Significance of Qāt (Catha edulis) in the Yemen Arab Republic. International Journal of Middle East Studies 18(1):1-13. [Ethnographic analysis of the symbolic significance of qāt (a stimulant plant) chewing as a cultural identity marker in a rapidly changing socioeconomic context.]
  • The Meaning of Chewing. Harper's 273(1639):27-28. [Excerpt from my 1986 IJMES qāt article published in the "Readings" section.]

1985         

  • Affluence and the Concept of the Tribe in the Central Highlands of the Yemen Arab Republic. In R. Salisbury and E. Tooker, editors, Affluence and Cultural Survival, 134-149. Washington, DC: American Ethnological Society. [Co-authored with Dr. Najwa Adra. Discusses the impact of relative affluence from remittance wealth on a rural agricultural valley in highland Yemen. Concludes that a hierarchical folk model of social structure does not necessarily imply a stratified society and examines the underlying system of signification in the tribal concept.]
  • The Production of Sorghum (Dhurah) in Highland Yemen. Arabian Studies 7:53-88. [Survey of the cultivation and use of sorghum in Yemen, based both on my ethnographic research and medieval Yemeni manuscripts. It includes a glossary of variety names and Arabic terminology. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • Al-Tawqī‘āt fī taqwīm al-zirā‘a al-majhūl min ‘aṣr mulūk Banī Rasūl. Dirāsāt 11 Yamaniyya (Sanaa) 20:192-222. [Edition of an early 15th century Rasulid almanac with introductory commentary. The article was written in order to share the results of my research on Yemeni agriculture with a Yemeni audience. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • The Lunar Stations in Arab Tradition. American Research Center in Egypt Newsletter (NY) 127:20-23. [Brief report describing my preliminary findings on the concept of the lunar stations based on historical research conducted in the manuscript section of the Egyptian National Library.]

1983         

  • Sayl and Ghayl: The Ecology of Water Allocation in Yemen. Human Ecology 11:365-383. [Summary of the main thesis of my Ph.D. study on the ecology of irrigation in Yemen. The article compares highland spring irrigation with information on coastal flood systems. I argue that tribal political organization is an adaptive response to highland spring flow allocation but undergoes stress in coastal flood systems with the potential for major upstream-downstream conflict. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • Irrigation in an Arabian Valley: A System of Highland Terraces in the Yemen Arab Republic. Expedition (Philadelphia) 25(2):26-34. [Description of my ethnographic research on irrigation in Yemen with 12 photographs. Expedition is the quarterly publication of the University Museum of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.]

1982         

  • The Ard in Highland Yemeni Agriculture. Tools and Tillage 4(3):158-172. [Survey of plough cultivation in the Yemeni highlands. The article contains 14 of my photographs. Tools and Tillage is the journal of the International Secretariat for Research on the History of Agricultural Implements, based in Denmark. Reprinted in Varisco (1997), Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen.]
  • Orientalism and Anthropological Discourse. MERA Forum 5(4):8-10. [Short essay about the need to utilize Arabic sources in anthropological research in the Middle East. I argue that we should not throw out all the results of Orientalist research because of the problems with Orientalism as a discourse.]
  • The Recent Evolution of "Scientific Creationism." In S. Pastner and W. Haviland, editors, Confronting the Creationists, 12-26. Northeastern Anthropological Association Occasional Proceedings, 1. [I examine the fundamentalist rhetoric of Henry Morris and show how "scientific creationism" is not "scientific." I suggest ways for dealing with creationist students in the classroom. This article was presented at the Northeastern Anthropological Association annual meeting in 1982 as part of a panel on creationism and evolutionary anthropology.]

1976         

  • The Fundamentalist Challenge to Science Education: A Critique. Journal of the Society for Educational Reconstruction, Cutting Edge 7(4):8-14. [This is my first professional article based on research conducted for my M.A. thesis. It looks at creationist rhetoric, including so-called "scientific creationism" and how educators can best deal with such rhetoric.]

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES

2016         

  • Agriculture and Irrigation. In Richard Martin, editor, Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Second Edition, 1:21-24. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning.
  • Rasulids. In Richard Martin, editor, Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Second Edition, 2:952. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning.
  • Travel and Travelers. In Richard Martin, editor, Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Second Edition, 2:1183-1185. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning.

2015         

  • Folk Astronomy and Calendars in Yemen. Clive Ruggles, editor, Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy, 1935-1940. Dordrecht: Springer. Orientalism. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, 17:423-427. Oxford: Elsevier.

2011         

  • al-Malik al-Afḍal. Published online at http://www.filaha.org/authors_works.html. [Biography of this 14th century Yemeni sultan and author.]

2010         

  • Sociology and Anthropology. Oxford Bibliographies Online (http:// oxfordbibliographiesonline.com).
Orientalism and Islam. Oxford Bibliographies Online (http:// oxfordbibliographiesonline.com).
  • Islam in Yemen. Oxford Bibliographies Online (http://oxfordbibliographiesonline.com).

2004         

  • Moon, Numbers. Encyclopaedia of the Quran, 3:414-15, 554-555. Leiden: Brill.

2002         

  • ZAYTŪN. The Encyclopaedia of Islam (second edition), 10:486-487. [Historical survey of the cultivation and use of the olive in the Islamic world.]

1998         

  • TAKWÎM. 2. Agricultural Almanacs. The Encyclopaedia of Islam (second edition), 9:146-148. [Survey of the history of the almanac as a literary and scientific genre in Arabic.]

 

BOOK AND FILM REVIEWS

In press


  •  Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict, Brandt, 2017, Review of Middle East Studies

2018         

  • The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny, Doostdar, 2018. Reading Religion, May 23. Online at https://www.lindenwood.edu/ academics/beyond-the-classroom/publications/journal-of-international-global-studies/all-issues/volume-9-number-2/

2017         

  • Water Histories and Spatial Archaeology: Ancient Yemen and the American West, Harrower, 2016, Review of Middle East Studies 51(1).

2016         

  • The Arab of the Desert: A Glimpse into Bedawin Life in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, Dickson, 2015,The Journal of International Studies 7(2):89-90.Muhammad in the Digital Age, Khan, 2015, Journal of the American Academy of Religion 85(3):864-866.

2015         

  • Secularism, Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Meaning of Islam, al-Azm, 2014. Contemporary Islam 9(3):385-388.
  • Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam, Bayet, 2013;
  • Salafism in Yemen: Transnationalism and Religious Identity, Bonnefoy, 2011;
  • Whatever Happened to the Islamists? Salafis, Heavy Metal Muslims and the Lure of Consumer Islam, Boulbekeur and Roy, 2012;
  • When Victory is Not an Option: Islamist Movements in Arab Politics, Brown, 2012;
  • The Last Refuge: Yemen, al- Qaeda, and America's War in Arabia, Johnsen, 2012;
  • The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists, Kurzman, 2011;
  • Global Salafism: Islam's New Religious Movement, Meijer, 2009;
  • Europe and the Islamic World: A History, Tolan, Veinstein and Laurens, 2013;
  • Political Islam: A Critical Reader, Volpi, 2011. Contemporary Islam, 9(2):189-195.
  • Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950, Elshakry, 2013. JAOS 135:3.

2014         

  • Bedouin Ethnobotany: Plant Concepts and Uses in a Desert Pastoral World, Mandaville, 2011, Journal of the American Oriental Society 134:3:546-547.
  • Towards a Cultural History of the Mamluk Era, Haddad, et al., 2010, Journal of the American Oriental Society 133:3:593-594.

  • We are all Moors, Majid, 2009, and Islam and America, Majid, 2012, Contemporary Islam. 8:173-175.

2013         

  • L’Arabie marchande: état et commerce sous les sultans rasûlides du Yémen (626-858/1229-145), Vallet, 2010, Journal of the American Oriental Society 133(1): 187-189.
Debating Orientalism, Elmarsafy, Bernard, Attwell, 2013. Review of Middle East Studies 47(2):243-244.
  • Life among the Anthros and Other Essays, Geertz, 2012. Contemporary Islam 7(2): 249-250.

  • Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia, Brehony, 2013. Times Literary Supplement, August.
  • Muslim Worldviews and Everyday Lives, El-Aswad, 2012, Anthropos 108:632-633.
  • Wathā’iq Madīnat al-Qaṣr bi-al-Wāḥāt al-Dakhla: Maṣdarān li-Ta’rīkh Miṣr fi al-‘Aṣr al-‘Uthmānī, Peters, 2011, Journal of the American Oriental Society 133(2)408.

2012         

  • Contesting Realities: The Public Sphere and Morality in Southern Yemen, Dahlgren, 2010, Islamic Law and Society. 19:320-323.
  • Questioning the Veil, Lazreg, 2009. Contemporary Islam 6(2):215-218.

  • Muslims: Rewiring the House of Islam, Bunt, 2009, Contemporary Islam 6(1):99-102.
  • Consumption, Trade and Innovation: Exploring the Botanical Remains from the Roman and Islamic Ports at Quseir al-Qadim, Egypt, van der Veen, 2011, Journal of Semitic Studies 57(2).
  • Islamic Medical and Scientific Tradition, Pormann, 2011, Journal of the American Oriental Society 132(2):333-334.

2011         

  • Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul: The Pertinence of Islamic Cosmology in the Modern World, Chittick, 2007, Contemporary Islam 5(1):81-84.

  • Volkstümliche Astronomie im islamischen Mittelalter, Schmidl, Bibliotheca Orientalis 68:626-627.
  • The Ocher Land: Images of Yemen 1985-1990, Dufour, Review of Middle East Studies 45(1):99-100.

  • Scientific Expeditions to the Arab World (1761-1881), Klaver, 2009, Review of Middle East Studies 45(2):256-258.

2010         

  • Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam, Donner, 2010, Journal of the American Oriental Society 139(3):461-463.
  • The Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam, Elmarsafy, 2009, Journal of the American Oriental Society 139(3):464-465.
  • Muhammad Is Not the Father of Any of Your Men: The Making of the Last Prophet, Powers, 2009, Review of Middle East Studies 44(1): 117-118.
  • The World of Murtada al-Zabidi (1732–1791): Life, Networks and Writings, Reichmuth, 2009, Journal of the American Oriental Society 129(4):709-710.
  • Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature, Cook, 2005. Contemporary Islam 4(3):353.

  • A Call for Heresy: Why Dissent is Vital to Islam and America, Majid, 2007. Contemporary Islam 4(2):251-253.

2009         

  • Peripheral Visions: Publics, Power, and Performance in Yemen, Wedeen,
2008, Middle East Journal 63(1):151-152.

  • Evangelicals and Israel: The Story of American Christian Zionism, Spector, 2009. Middle East Journal 63(2):330-331.
  • Annals of the Caliphs' Kitchens: Ibn Sayyâr al-Warrâq's Tenth-Century Baghdadi Cookbook, Nasrallah, 2007, Review of Middle East Studies 43(1):116-117.

  • Religious Communities on the Internet, Larsson, 2006, Contemporary Islam 3(2): 197-199.
  • Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy, Gottschalk and Greenberg, 2008. 15 Contemporary Islam 3(3):301-303.

2008         

  • The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility in the Indian Ocean, Ho, 2006, American Ethnologist 35(2):2028-2031.

  • The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen, Miller, 2007, Comparative Studies in Society & History 50(4):1052-1054.

  • Shattering Tradition: Custom, Law and the Individual in the Muslim Mediterranean, Dostal and Kraus, 2005, Islamic Law and Society 15( 2):279-281.
  • Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism, Ibn Warraq, 2007, MESA Bulletin 42(1-2):178-180.

  • Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Islamic Thought, Abu-Rabi', 2006, Contemporary Islam 2(2):147-150.

  • Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives, Donahure and Esposito, 2007, Contemporary Islam 2(2):147-150.

2007

  • Powers of the Secular Modern: Talal Asad and His Interlocutors, Scott and Hirschkind, 2006, Contemporary Islam 1(2):203-205.

  • Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden, Lawrence, 2005, Contemporary Islam 1(1):105-06. Available online at http://www.springerlink.com/content/1872-0226].
  • Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur'an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence, Ali, 2006, Contemporary Islam 1(1):107-908. Available online at http:// www.springerlink.com/content/1872-0226].
Oil and Water. Two Faiths: One God, Hussain, 2006, Contemporary Islam 1(3): 323-325.

2006

  • Islam, Memory, and Morality in Yemen: Ruling Families in Transition, vom Bruck, 2005, American Journal of Islamic Social Science 23(4):117-120.

  • Tolerance and Coercion in Islam: Interfaith Relations in the Muslim Tradition, Friedman, 2003, Islamic Law and Society 13(2).
  • A Medieval Administrative and Fiscal Treatise from the Yemen: The Rasulid Mulakhkhaṣ al-Fitan of al-Ḥasan B. ‘Alī al-Ḥusaynī, Smith, 2006, Al-‘Usur al-Wusta 18(2):38.

  • Folklore and Folklife in the United Arab Emirates, Sayyid Hamid Hurreiz, 2002, Asian Folklore Studies LXV(2):362-364.

2005         

  • Measures and Weights in the Islamic World: An English Translation of Walther Hinz’s Handbook Islamische Masse und Gewichte, M.I. Marcinkowski, translator 2003, Journal of the American Oriental Society 125(2):333-335.

2004         

  • A History of Modern Yemen, Dresch, 2000, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 31(1):89-95.

2003         

  • Lightning over Yemen: A History of the Ottoman Campaign 1569-71, Smith, 2002, Yemen Update 45:36-39.

  • The Sultan's Yemen: Nineteenth-Century Challenges to Ottoman Rule, Farah, 2002, Yemen Update 45:36-39.

2002         

  • Refashioning Iran: Orientalism, Occidentalism and Historiography, Tavakoli- Targhi, 2001, Online Review at [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].
  • Le commerce du café avant l'ère des plantations coloniales: espaces, réseaux, sociétés (xve-xixe siècle), Tuchscherer, 2001, Yemen Update 44:37-41 [http:// www.aiys.org/webdate/michco.html].

2001         

  • Mass Mediations: New Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond, Armbrust, 2000, Visual Anthropology 14:453-458.
  • Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance, El Guindi, 1999, Yemen Update 43:43-47.
  • Sharecropping in the Yemen, Donaldson, 2000, Journal of the AmericanOriental Society 121:338-339.
  • Yemen: Jewel of Arabia, Aithee, 2001, Yemen Update 43:33-35.

  • Inheritance in Islam: Women's Inheritance in San'a (Republic of Yemen): Law, Religion, and Reality, Glander, 1998, Yemen Update 43:39-42.

  • The ‘Amiriya in Rada': The History and Restoration of a Sixteenth-Century Madrasa in the Yemen, Al-Radi, 1997, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 34(1):98-99.

2000         

  • Islam Today: A Short Introduction to the MuslimWorld, Ahmed, 1999, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 34(1):90-81.
  • Medicine of the Prophet, Johnstone, 1998, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 34:210-211.

  • Dutch-Yemeni Encounters: Activities of the United East India Company (VOC) in South Arabian Waters since 1614, Brouwer, 1998, Yemen Update 42:58-62.
  • Jemen: Von Weihrauch zum Erdöl, Brunner, 1999, Yemen Update 42:68-69.
  • Ta'labī Storia di Bilqīs regina di Saba, Canova, 2000, Yemen Update 42:69-70.
  • Ẓāhira al-Qāt fī al-Yaman, Muharram, 2000, Yemen Update 42:57.

  • New Arabian Studies, Volume 5, 2000, Yemen Update 42:55-56.
  • Yemen Geographicalized (review article). Yemen Update 42:63-67.
  • 1999         
  • The Jews of Yemen, Tobi, 1999, Yemen Update 41:53-55.

  • Civil Society in Yemen, Carapico, 1998, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 33:125-126.

  • Indigo in the Arab World, Balfour-Paul, 1997, Journal of Semitic Studies 44(1): 161-162.

  • Studies in the Medieval History of the Yemen and South Arabia, Smith, 1998, Journal of Semitic Studies 44(2):343-345.

  • The Nile, Sharing a Scarce Resource, Howell and Allen, 1994, Islamic Law and Society 6:288-291.

  • Cultures of the World: Yemen, Hestler, 1999, Yemen Update 41:25-29

  • Eating the Flowers of Paradise, Rushby, 1999;
  • Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land, MackIntosh-Smith, 1997;
  • Baghdad without a Map, Horwitz, 1992;
  • Motoring with Mohammed, Hansen, 1991, Yemen Update 41:32-50

1998         

  • Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni Town, Meneley, 1996, Yemen Update 40:55-57

  • The Islamic Middle East: An Historical Anthropology, Lindholm, 1996, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 32:58-59.
  • Society and Trade in South Arabia, Serjeant, 1996, Journal of Semitic Studies 43(2)398-399.
  • AL-MUKHA. Profile of a Yemeni Seaport..., Brouwer, 1997, Yemen Update 40:48-51.
  • Hadhrami Traders, Scholars and Statesmen in the Indian Ocean, 1750s-1960s, Freitag and Clarence-Smith, 1997, Yemen Update 40:59-62.

  • New Arabian Studies, 4, 1997, Yemen Update 40:65-67 .
  • Sbahtu! a Course in San‘ânî Arabic, Watson, 1996, Yemen Update 40:63-64

  • Yemen, Aucherlonie, 1998, Yemen Update 40:45-47.

  • Yemen: Travels in Dictionary Land, Mackintosh-Smith, 1997, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 32:76-77.

1997         

  • Water in the Middle East, Allan and Mallat, 1995, Islamic Law and Society 4(1)247-250.

  • L’Agriculture Nabatéene, Fahd, 1993-95, Journal of the American Oriental Society 117(2):389-390.

  • Studies in Arabian Architecture, Costa, 1994, Yemen Update 40:36.

  • Portraits of Yemen, Crociani, 1996, Yemen Update 40:38-39.

1996         

  • Domestic Government: Kinship, Community, and Polity in North Yemen, Mundy, 1995, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 30(1):62-63.
  • The Jews of Yemen, Nini, 1991, Journal of Near Eastern Studies 55:202-203.
  • Natā’ij al-fikar des Sha‘bān ibn Salīm aṣ-Ṣan‘ānī. Eine jemenitische Gesundheitsfibel aus dem frühen 18. Jahrhundert. Text, Übersetzung und Kommentar, Schopen and Kahl, 1993, Journal of the American Oriental Society 116(1):177.
  • Kitāb al-Anwā’ wa al-azmina, Ibn ‘Adīm, Nogués, 1993, Journal of the American Oriental Society 116(2):324-325.

  • Farmers and Fishermen in Arabia: Studies in Customary Law and Practice, Serjeant, 1995, Journal of Semitic Studies 97:377-378.
  • The Legacy of Muslim Spain, Jayyusi, 1994, Yemen Update 38:29-30.


1995         

  • Tribes, Government, and History in Yemen, Dresch, 1993, American Anthropologist 97(3):623-624.
  • The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society, Messick, 1993, Yemen Update 36:24-25

  • Südwestarabische Sternenkalender, Gingrich, 1993, Journal of Semitic Studies 96(1)187-189.

  • Travels through Arabia and other Countries of the East, Niebuhr reprint, 1994, Yemen Update 37:28-31.

  • Imams, notables et bédouins du Yémen au xviiie siècle ou Quintessence de l'or du règne de Cherif Muhammad B. Ahmad: Chronique de 'Abd al-Rahmân b. Hasan al- Bahkalî, Tuchscherer, 1992, Yemen Update 37:32-33.
  • A Syntax of Ṣan‘ānī Arabic, Watson, 1993, Yemen Update 37:34.
   
  • Abha Bilād Asīr, al-Saud et al., 1989, Yemen Update 37:36-37 [http://www.aiys.org/ webdate/abha.html].
  • The Arms and Armour of Arabia in the 18th-19th and 20th Centuries, Elgood, 1994, Yemen Update 37:38-41.

  • Light and Shadows: Memories of Yemen, Skobeleff, 1994, Yemen Update 36:26-27.
  • Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 1994, Yemen Update 36:28-29.

1994         

  • Demonizing the Queen of Sheba: Boundaries of Gender and Culture in Postbiblical Judaism and Medieval Islam, Lassner, 1993, Yemen Update 35:31-32.
  • The Plants of Pehr Forsskål's Flora Aegyptiaco-Arabica, Hepper and Friis, 1994, Yemen Update 35:36-37.
  • New Arabian Studies, 1993 Yemen Update 35:38-39.
  • Studies in Oriental Culture and History: Festscrift for Walter Dostal, Gingrich et al., 1993, Yemen Update 35:42-43.

  • Dictionary of Post-classical Yemeni Arabic, Piamenta, 1990-91, Yemen Update 34:34-36, 44.
  • Island of the Phoenix, Naumkin, 1993, Yemen Update 34:40-41.

  • A Yemen Reality, Damluji, 1991, Yemen Update 34:37-38.

  • Yemen Classics #4. A Great Book on al-Yaman al-Kubrâ. Yemen Update 34:45.

1993         

  • From Water to World-Making, Pálsson, 1990, Social Anthropology 1:3:333-334.
  • Al-Ṭuyūr al-Yamaniyya, ‘Ubādī, 1989, Yemen Update 33:22.

  • The Mammals of Arabia, D. L. Harrison and P. Bates, 1991, Yemen Update 33:28-29.
  • The Vegetation of the Republic of Yemen (Western Part), Scholte et al., 1991, Yemen Update 33:23.
  • The Message (film), Moustafa Accad, Yemen Update 32:25.

  • Al-Nabātāt al-Ṭibbīya fī al-Yaman, Bādhīb, 1991, Yemen Update 32:20.
  • Mu‘jam al-nisā' al-Yamaniyya, al-Ḥibshī, 1988, Yemen Update 32:18.

1992         

  • Religion and Custom in a Muslim Society, L. Holy, 1991, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 26:260-261.
  • Herb Drugs and Herbalists in Syria and North Yemen, Honda et al., 1990, Journal of the American Oriental Society 112(1):167-168.

1991         

  • Bedouin Life in the Egyptian Wilderness, Hobbs, 1989, al-Ma'thūrāt al- Sha‘biyya (Doha) 22:37-41.
  • Al-Tharwa al-Yamaniyya min al-Amthāl al-Sha‘biyya, al-Adīmī, 1989, Yemen Update 28/29:26.

1990         

  • Ṣinā‘at al-Sufun al-Shirā‘iyya fī al-Kuwayt, al-Ḥajjī, 1988, Journal of the American Oriental Society 110(3):533-534.

  • Al-Ḥiraf wa-al-Ṣinā‘a fī al-Ḥijāz fī ‘Aṣr al-Rasūl, al-‘Umarī 1985, Journal of the American Oriental Society 110(1):171.
  • Al-Ṭibb al-Sha‘bī, al-Anqar and al-Khazrajī ca. 1985, Middle East and South Asia Folklore Newsletter 7:1:6.

  • Dalāla al-alfāẓ al-Yamāniyya fī ba‘d al-Mu‘jamāt al-‘Arabiyya, al-Ḥilālī, 1988, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 27:8-9.
  • Yemen Classics: 3. Word for Word. A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 27:13.

1989         

  • Cinq Calendriers Égyptiens, Pellat, 1986, Journal of the American Oriental Society 109(4):696.

  • Herb Drugs and Herbalists in the Middle East, Ahmed et al., 1979;
  • Herb Drugs and Herbalists in Turkey, Baser et al., 1986;
  • Herb Drugs and Herbalists in Pakistan, Ushmanghani et al., 1986, Journal of the American Oriental Society 109(4):697.

  • Egalität und Klassengesellschaft in Südarabien, Dostal, 1983, Journal of the American Oriental Society 109(2):308.

  • Arabian Moons: Passages in Time through Yemen, Marechaux, 1988, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 23(1):55-56.

  • Shi‘r Qabīlat Dhubyān fī al-Jāhiliyya, al-Suwaydī, 1987, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 23(2):274-275.

  • Routes of Guidance. Majari al-Hidaya. A Pearl-diver's Guide to the Oyster Beds of the Gulf, al-Bin‘ali, 1988, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 23:2:258-259.
  • Al-Amthāl al-sha‘biyya fī al-bi'a al-Qaṭariyya, al-Murrī, 1985, Middle East and South Asia Folklore Newsletter 6:3:5-6.

  • Mammals of the Southern Gulf, Gross, 1987, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 26:4.

  • Studies in Arabian History and Civilisation, Serjeant, 1981, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 25:14.
  • Niẓām al-gharīb fī al-lugha, al-Ḥimyarī, 1980, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 25:15-16.

  • Al-Qāt, 1987, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 25:13.

  • Mu‘jam al-mudun wa-al-qabā'il al-Yamaniyya, Maqḥafī, 1985, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 25:14-15.

  • Bulūgh al-maram fī sharḥ misk al-khitām, al-‘Arashī, 1939, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 25:12, 26:7.
  • Media Mediocrity in the Coverage of Yemen. A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 25:9.

1988         

  • Qât in Yemen. Consumption and Social Change, Weir, 1985, International Journal of Middle East Studies 20(1):116-117.

  • Jemen. 3000 Jahre Kunst und Kultur des glücklichen Arabien, Daum, 1987, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association 22:1:106-107.

  • Qabīlī fī al-Ṣīn wa-buldān ukhrā, Manṣūr, 1986, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 24:13.

  • Ḍahd al-shubūḥāt ḥawl al-qāt, al-Fusayl, 1986 and
  • Thalāth rasā'il fī al-qāt, al-Ḥibshī, 1986, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 24:7.

1987         

  • The Yemen Arab Republic. The Politics of Development 1962-1986, Burrowes, 1987, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 23:8,18.

1986         

  • Social Change in a Yemeni Highlands Town, Stevenson, 1985, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 21:10.
  • Ta'rīkh al-Yaman, al-Wazīr, 1985, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 21:11,15.

1985         

  • Über eine Anwā'-Tradition..., Kunitzsch, 1983, Isis 76(4):632.

  • al-Sulūk fī ṭabaqāt al-‘Ulamā’, al-Janadī, 1983, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 18:7.
  • Aqwāl ‘Alī ibn Zāyid, al-Baraddūnī, 1985, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 19:12-13.
  • al-Amthāl al-Yamāniyya, al-Akwa‘, 1984, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 18:7-8.
  • Ta’bīr al-Mawashshayn..., al-Fīrūzābādī, 1983, A.I.Y.S. Newsletter 18:8.

1983         

  • Yemeni Agriculture and Economic Change, Tutwiler and Carapico, 1981, Bulletin of the Middle East Studies Association.

 

PROFESSIONAL PAPERS AND LECTURES

2018         

  • Qabila and Jirba: The Role of Agriculture in the Northern Highlands of Yemen. Yemen’s Living Heritage: Tribes and Tribalism into the 21st Century, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, February

  • Ethnicity and Religion: an Anthropological View from South Arabia. Ethnicity & Religion International Conference. Vienna, January
  • An Anthropologist Responds to Edward Said’s View of Culture. Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, January

  • Drying Sheba's Tears. AIYS Roundtable. Middle East Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November

  • Intangible Heritage of Seasonal Knowledge in the Arab Gulf. Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, November.

  • Sailing to and from the Yemeni Port of Aden in the Rasulid Era (13th-15th Centuries, C.E.). The Indian Ocean International Symposium, Georgetown University Qatar, April.
  • Sailing to and from the Yemeni Port of Aden in the Rasulid Era (13th-15th Centuries, C.E.). Mamluk Studies Seminar, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, Bonn, Germany, April.
  • The Water Crisis in Yemen. Iranian-Saudi Perspectives on Environmental Challenges, CARPO and East-West Institute, Bonn, Germany, April.

2016         

  • Being in the “There” which is the Arabian Gulf. International Ethics Summit, Texas A&M, December.
  • Qatar University: How much Gas is in the Academic Tank? Middle East Studies Association, Boston, November.

  • Islamophobia in Cyberspace: Approaching Anti-Social Media in the Digital Age. Social Media and Social Change Regional Symposium, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University, Doha, October.
  • Developing Yemen’s Futures: Can Arabia ever be Felix Again? Gulf Research Meeting, Cambridge, UK, August.
  • Date Palm Production in Rasulid Yemen. Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lecture, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, Universität Bonn, March. [Invited speaker].

  • The Social Relevance of Sustainability: The Future of Post-Traditional Culture in the Gulf. Liberal Arts International Conference: Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Borders, Texas A&M, Doha, February (Keynote Address). [Invited speaker].

2015         

  • ISIS, the Antichrist and Dajjal: The Framing of Muslims in Digital Apocalypse. American Anthropological Association, Denver, November.
  • The Houthis and Ali Abdullah Salih: What Defines a Non-State Actor? “Violent Non State Actors in the Middle East”, Gulf Studies Center, Qatar University, October. [Invited speaker].

  • Yemen’s Heritage: Setting the Context. UNESCO Expert Meeting on the Safeguarding of Yemen’s Cultural Heritage, Paris, July. [Invited speaker].

  • Socio-Cultural Background of Current Conflicts in Yemen. IDE-JETRO invited lecture, Tokyo, Japan, June.

  • The Current Conflict in Yemen, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, Tokyo University, Japan, June. [Invited speaker].

  • The Crisis in Yemen: Future Impacts on Security. IEEJ invited lecture, Tokyo, Japan, June.

  • The Crisis in Yemen: How Decisive is Decisive Storm. The Repercussions of the GCC led Decisive Storm in Yemen, Gulf Studies Center, CAS, Qatar University, June.
  • Tracing Yemen’s Agricultural History: From Text to Context. Leiden Center for the Study of Ancient Arabia, Leiden University, March. [Invited speaker].

  • The History of Date Palms in Yemen: An Ethno-Historical Study. Gulf Studies Center, CHSS, Sustainable Development Center, Qatar University, March.

  • Armageddon in Social Media: The Christian Right on Islamic Radicalism. The Fifth International Social Sciences Conference: Understanding the Rise of Global Radicalism, Qatar University, Doha, March

2014         

  • Coffee and Qat in Yemen: The Historical and Literary Evidence for their Introduction. Middle East Studies Association, Washington DC, November
  • The History of Date Palms in Yemen: An Ethnohistorical Study. Sociology Department, United Arab Emirates University, May.
  • Rebuilding Yemen after the Arab Spring: A Cultural Anatomy of a Crisis. Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, April. [Invited speaker].

  • In the Wake of Orientalism: Reflections on Edward Said's Text. Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, April. [Invited speaker].
  • When "Being There" is Here: An Anthropologist at Large in the Digital Humanities. CUNY Graduate Center, Committee for the Study of Religion, March. [Invited speaker].
  • Khutba vs. Khtzpah: Islamophobia on the Internet. Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, February. [Invited speaker].

2013         

  • Culture Still Matters: Notes from the Field. Culture, Power, Boundaries Seminar, Columbia University, December.
  • Islamic Futures through an Anthropological Lens: Capitalizing on Abd Al-Hamid El Zein's Concept of 'islams' in Cyberspace. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November.

  • Heirs of the Ayyubids: The Formation of the Rasulid State in Yemen, Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, October.
  • Drone Strikes in the War on Terror: The Case of Post-Arab-Spring Yemen, Columbia University Seminar on Knowledge, Technology and Social Systems, Columbia University, New York, May. [Invited speaker].

  • Why the Sultan is Rich: A Case Study of Bureaucracy in Rasulid Yemen (13th-14th Centuries), Land and Power in the Ancient World, Third International Conference Vienna, February. [Invited speaker].

2012         

  • Armageddon Bound: Online Christian and Muslim Apocalyptic Scenarios, Middle East Studies Association, Denver, November.
  • Anthropology, anthroplogies; Islam, islams: Fields in Flux, CUNY (Committee for the Study of Religion, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center and the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology), New York, March [Invited speaker].
  • Pars Pro Toto Observation: Historical Anthropology in the Textual Field of Rasulid Yemen, Visions of Community Conference, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, January. [Invited speaker].

2011         

  • The Anthropologist as Historian: Reconstructing a 13th Century Yemeni Agricultural Text, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, December. [in Arabic].
  • Sailing Around the Arabian Peninsula: Where Folklore Meets History, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, December. [in Arabic].
  • The Net Worth of Orientalism: Can Discourse be Hegemonic in Cyberspace? Middle East Studies Association, Washington D. C., December.

  • The Fall of the Dictators: Yemen, Presidential Panel, Middle East Studies Association, Washington D. C., December. [Invited speaker].
  • Teaching the Anthropology of Religion, AAA Annual Meeting Workshop, Montreal, November.

  • Anthropology, anthropologies; Islam, islams: A Future in Flux, The Department of Archeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, The University of Bergen, Norway, November. [Invited speaker].
  • What is Happening in Yemen? University of New England, October. [Invited speaker].
  • Rasulid Coinage in the Daftar of al-Malik al-Muẓaffar: A Preliminary Textual Study, Third MECA Seminar on Iranian and Central Asian Numismatics, Hofstra University, April.
  • Rasulid Agriculture in the Ta‘izz Region, Workshop on "Ta'izz and its Land in Islamic Times", Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, March. [Invited speaker].
  • On Reading Orientalism, Leiden University, February. [Invited speaker].

  • Political Developments in Yemen (with Dr. Najwa Adra), Leids Universitair Centrum voor de studie van Islam en Samenleving, Leiden University, February.

2010         

  • Plowing through Dangling Diacriticals: The Reconstruction of al-Malik al-Ashraf's 13th Century Agricultural Treatise Milḥ al-malāḥa, Middle East Studies Association, San Diego, November.

  • What Camels Eat: A Study in Arabic Ethnobotany, “Camels in Asia and North Africa” Workshop, Austrian Academy of Sciences, October.
  • The End of Life, the Ends of Life: An Anthropological View, Islamic Medical Association of North America, Ethics Symposium on End-of-Life Issues, Hofstra University, September. [I served as co-director of symposium].

  • Yemen and the Horn of Africa in History; Islam in the Horn: An Introduction; Aden, Islamism, Yemen and the Horn Today. The Horn of Africa Course, Rift Valley Institute, Lamu Kenya, June. [Three lectures delivered at the weeklong seminar].
  • Reading Beyond Orientalism: Why Polemics Never Really Die, Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs and the Middle East Studies Program, January. [Invited speaker].
  • The Culture Concept without a Textual Attitude: Reading against Orientalism and between the lines of Culture and Imperialism, University of Toronto, Department of Anthropology, January. [Invited speaker].

  • Star Gazing through Religious Phrasing: The Origins of a Lunar Zodiac in Early Islamic Astronomy. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, January. [Invited speaker].

2009         

  • Framing the Holy Land as an Art: Illustrations of Arabs in 19th Century Bible Custom Accounts. Middle East Studies Association, Boston, November.

  • Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid. Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, October. [Invited speaker].
  • Qât, Sex and Traditional Healing, "The Use of Herbs in Yemeni Healing Practices: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Concepts in Scientific Perspective." Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, Martin Luther University, Halle- Wittenberg, Germany, September. [Invited speaker].
  • Orientalism's Wake: The Ongoing Politics of a Polemic, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, June. [Invited speaker].

  • American Muslims and Islamophobia. John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, March. [Invited speaker].
  • Darwin and Dunya: Muslim Responses to Darwinian Evolution, Darwin's Reach Conference, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, March.

2008         

  • Speaking Truth beyond the Tower: Academics of Islam Engaging in the Public Sphere. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Chicago, November and Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November [Forum participant]
  • The 14th Century Almanac Poem of ‘Abd Allāh ibn As‘ad al-Yāfi‘ī. Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November.
  • Enough Said? Moving Beyond the Binary that Haunts Orientalism and the Clash of Civilizations. The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, Princeton University, September. [Invited speaker].
  • Water Resource Development in Yemen: History and Prospects. Yemen Development Seminar: Challenges and Opportunities, USAID, Washington, D.C., August.

  • Muslims and the Media in the Blogosphere, Muslims and the Media Workshop. Princeton University, May.

  • Spinning the Ummah: How the News is Reported in Muslim Cyberspace. Re/ Covering Islam Conference, USC Annenberg, Los Angeles, April. [Invited speaker].
  • Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, March. [Invited speaker].

2007         

  • Online Fatwas: Muslim Identity in Cyberspace. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, November.

  • Turning Ploughshares into Words: Dialectical Diversity in Yemeni Arabic. Middle East Studies Association, Montreal, November.
  • Inventing Islamism: The Rhetoric of Representing Violence in Islam. Contemporary Islam Symposium: Beyond the Stereotypes, Dynamics of Muslim Life in the Globalized World, Amsterdam, October.
  • Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid. Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, April. [Invited speaker].

2006         

  • All that Clash Talk: Doing Cultural Anthropology in the Contemporary Middle East. American Anthropological Association, San Jose, November. [Invited speaker].
  • The Milal-Mala of al-Malik al-Ashraf ‘Umar (d. 696/1296): Situating the Ur-Text of the Rasulid Agricultural Corpus. Middle East Studies Association, Boston, November.
  • In the Wake of the Rasulids: The 18th Century Almanac of Yūsuf al-Maḥallī in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana Collection. Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, November. [Invited speaker].

  • When Did the Holy Land Stop Being Holy? Surveying the Middle East as Sacred Geography. What Is the Middle East? Conference, Council for Middle East Studies, Yale University, May.

2005         

  • Muslims Online, Participant Webservation, and CyberIslam. Muslims and the Media, an Interdisciplinary Forum, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio, February. [Invited speaker].

2004         

  • Islamism as an Ism: The Rhetoric of Representing Violence in Islam. Middle East Studies Association, San Francisco, November.
  • Turning Over a New Leaf: The Impact of Qāt in Yemeni Horticulture. Dumbarton Oaks Studies in Landscape Architecture Symposium, "Horticultural and Cultural Changes," Washington, DC, May. [Invited speaker].

2003         

  • Studying the Middle East: A Rountable Discussion between Anthropologists and Historians. American Anthropological Association, Chicago, November. Organizer and panelist.
  • The State of Agriculture in Late 13th Century Rasulid Yemen. Convegno Storia e Cultura dello Yemen in Età Islamica, con Particolare Riferimento al Periodo Rasulide, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Fondazione Leone Caetani, Rome, 30-31 October. [Invited speaker].        
  • Akbar Ahmed: Discovering Islam Inside Out. Society for the Anthropology of Religion Annual Meeting, Providence, April.
  • Orientalism Re[tro]visited after 25 Years: The Flaws in Said’s Historiography. New York University Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, April, 2003. Invited speaker. [Invited speaker].

2002         

  • Commodities and Uncommon Oddities: The Circulation of Trade Goods through the Port of Aden in the 13th Century. Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November.
  • Orientalism Re[tro]visited: Enough Said? Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, October. [Invited speaker].
  • Sailing Seasons in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean: The View from Rasulid Yemen. Red Sea Trade and Travel Study Day, The British Museum, October. [Invited speaker].

  • Anthropology and the Cultural Studies Wars: Matthew Arnold via Edward Said vs Edward Tylor via Bronislaw Malinowski, SOAS, London University, October. [Invited speaker].
  • Islam Obscured in Islam Observed: Where did all the Ethnography Go? Society for the Anthropology of Religion Annual Meeting, Cleveland, April.

  • How Anthropologists Read Edward Said. Anthropology Graduate Seminar, Harvard University, March.
  • September 11, Jihad, and Islamic Law. Provost's Lecture Series, SUNY Stony Brook, February. [Invited speaker].

2001         

  • Dissing Orientalist Discourse: What Said Said and What Ethnographers Did. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, November.
  • What Islam Is, What Islam is Not: Critiquing Islam within Reason. Brooklyn Law College, November. [Invited speaker].
  • Legal Advice on Less than Lethal Vices: Tobacco, Coffee and Qāt in a 17th Century Yemeni Text, Arabic Studies Seminar, Columbia University, September.

2000         

  • The Archaeologist's Spade and the Apologist's Stacked Deck: The Near East through Conservative Christian Bibliolatry. The United States and the Middle East: Cultural Encounters Conference, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, New Haven, December.
  • Slamming Islam: Participant Webservation with a Web of Meanings to Boot. American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, November.

  • Indigenous Knowledge and Traditional Yemeni Agriculture. The Place of Ancient Agricultural Practices and Techniques in Yemen Today: Problems and Perspectives, Sanaa University, Sanaa, June. [Invited speaker].

  • Stimulants sans Sin: A Social History of Qât, Coffee and Tobacco in Yemen. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, Yemen, June.

  • Stimulants sans Sin: A Social History of Qât, Coffee and Tobacco in Yemen. Middle East Center, Rutgers University, April. [Invited speaker].

1999         

  • Making "Medieval" Yemen Meaningful. Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November.
  • The Tragedy of a Comic: Fundamentalist Christian Propaganda against Islam. University of Chicago, Middle East Center, November. [Invited speaker].

1998         

  • Reflections on Fieldwork in [Yemen, not in] Morocco. American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, December.
  • Holy War and Profane Rhetoric: Fundamentalists Crusading against Fundamentalists. Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November.
  • Irrigation in Yemen. Centre National d’Études Agronomiques des Regions Chaudes, Montpellier, France, February. [Invited speaker].

1997         

  • Medieval Agriculture in Yemen. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, Yemen, August.
  • Farming Agricultural Texts: An Anthropologist at Play in the Field ofMedieval Agriculture. XXth Int. Congress of History of Science, Liège, Belgium, July.

  • The King James Version of the Bible. Great Books Series, Hofstra University, March.

1996         

  • Why People Don't Chew Nescafe: Qāt vs. Coffee in Yemeni Society. Drew University, Madison, NJ, December. [Invited speaker].

  • Does it Hold Water? Islamic Law and Customary Practice in Yemen. Middle East Studies Association, Providence, November.

1995         

  • The Arabic Anthology of al-Malik al-Afḍal: A Window on the Literary Worldof a 14th Century Yemeni Sultan. Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, December.

  • Gendering Islam: Orientalists, Believers and Feminists at Play in the Bed of the Prophet. American Anthropological Association, Washington, DC, November.
  • High in Yemen: The Social History of Qât in South Arabia. Middle East Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, September. [Invited speaker].
  • Farming Texts in Context: Reconstructing Medieval Yemeni Agriculture from Anthropology and History. Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archeology, Bryn Mawr College, April. [Invited speaker].

  • Farming Agricultural Texts: What Medieval Yemeni Texts Can Tell Us about the Art and Practice of Agriculture. Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago, February. [Invited speaker].

1994         

  • Anthropological Theory and the Middle East: Deadening a Beaten Camel. American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, November.
  • Endangered Peoples: Can Native Cultures Survive? International Scene Series, Hofstra University, September.

1993         

  • The Qu'ran. Hofstra University, Great Books Series, December.
  • Rasulid Yemen and International Trade at the Close of the Thirteenth Century. Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago, February.[Invited
speaker].

  • Is Indigenous Knowledge Better? A World Bank Project in Egypt's Western Desert. Conference on Human Rights, Ethics and Justice in Multicultural Perspectives, New York University, April.

1992         

  • Popular Participation in the Matrouh Natural Resource Management Project. The World Bank, Washington, DC, November. [Invited speaker].

  • The Study of "Medieval" Yemen: Recent Work and Future Prospects. Middle East Studies Association, Portland, OR, October.
  • The Legitimacy of Muhammad. Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, October.

  • Why People Don't Chew Nescafe: Qât vs. Coffee in Yemeni Society. Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, April.   
  • Pests and Yemeni Agriculture. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, March.

1991         

  • The Legitimacy of Muhammad: Eliciting Meaning from the Genealogy of the Prophet. Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November.
  • Environmental Conservation and Yemeni Agriculture. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, July.
  • Interpreting Medieval Yemeni Almanacs in the History of Science and Agriculture. Seminar in Arabic Studies, Columbia University, January.

1990         

  • Casting Pearls before Crude: Social Transformation in the Arab Gulf. Anthropology Department, SUNY Stony Brook, October.
  • Biodiversity on the Arabian Peninsula. Wildlife Conservation International, Bronx Zoo, New York, October. [Invited speaker].
  • The Role of Biodiversity in Guatemalan Development. Consejo Nacional Asesora de Medio Ambiente, Universidad San Carlos, Guatemala City, August. [Invited speaker].
  • Al-‘Ulūm al-Islāmiyya wa-al-Turāth al-Sha‘bī fī al-Khalīj al-Arabī Qatar Science Club, Doha, Qatar, March. [Invited speaker, in Arabic] 28

1989         

  • Traditional Agriculture and the Almanac in Yemen. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, Yemen Arab Republic, December.
  • The Scientific Content of a Yemeni Almanac from the 13th Century. Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Frankfurt, West Germany, November. [Invited speaker].
  • Who is Consulting Whom? Free-lancing in Development Anthropology. Anthropology Department, Hunter College, New York, November. [Invited speaker].
  • Why People Don't Chew Nescafe: Qât vs. Coffee in Yemeni Society. Middle
East Institute, Columbia University, New York, October. [Invited speaker].
  • Ethnoastronomy and the Lunar Zodiac in Pre-Islamic Arabia. New York University Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, NYU, New York, October. Invited speaker.
  • Folk Astronomy in Islam. Natural History Society, Doha, Qatar, April. [Invited speaker].

  • Al-Taqwīm al-‘Arabī bayna Ta'rīkh al-‘Ulūm wa-al-Turāth al-Sha‘bī. American Cultural Center, Doha, Qatar, April. [Invited speaker, in Arabic].

  • Mashrū‘ al-Taqwīm al-Zirā‘ī al-‘Arabī fī al-Turāth al-Sha‘bī.
Arab Gulf States Folklore Centre, Doha, Qatar, January. [in Arabic].

1988         

  • Horns and Hilts. The Rhino and Wildlife Conservation in North Yemen. World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC, January.

1987         

  • Rhino Conservation and Daggers in North Yemen. World Wide Fund for Nature, Gland, Switzerland, December.
  • Folk Astronomy in Islam. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, Yemen Arab Republic, November.
  • On Some Aspects of Medieval Islamic Folk Astronomy. Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Frankfurt, West Germany, October. [Invited speaker].
South Arabian Studies: A Workshop. Participant, Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, May.

1986         

  • The Bedouin Mystique: Redefining the Tribal Concept in Middle Eastern Anthropology. Middle East Studies Association, Boston, November.

1985         

  • Historical Geography of Yemen. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, Yemen Arab Republic, September. [Orientation lecture for U.S. embassy personnel.].
  • Egypt and the Medieval Arab Agricultural Almanac. American Research Center in Egypt, Annual Meeting, New York, April.
  • Al-Taqwīm al-Zirā‘ī al-Yamanī fī ‘Aṣr Mulūk Banī Rasūl. Faculty of Agriculture, Sanaa University, Yemen Arab Republic, March. [Invited speaker, in Arabic].

  • The Agricultural Almanac in Medieval Yemen. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, Yemen Arab Republic, March.

1984         

  • Historical Geography of Yemen. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, 29 Yemen Arab Republic, November. [Orientation lecture for U.S. embassy personnel.].
  • The Agricultural Marker Stars in the Yemen. Seminar for Arabian Studies, Cambridge University, Cambridge, July.

1983         

  • Al-Taqwīm al-zirā‘ī fī ta'rīkh ‘ilm al-zirā‘a ‘inda al-‘Arab. Third
International Symposium on the History of Arab Science, Kuwait, December. In Arabic.
  • Stars and Crops Forever: The Agricultural Almanac in Arab Tradition.American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, November.

  • Ghayl wa-Sayl fī al-Saqī al-Yamanī. Yemen Center for Research and
Studies, Sanaa, Yemen Arab Republic, March. [in Arabic].

  • The Lunar Stations in Arab Tradition. American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, February.

1982         

  • On the Meaning of Chewing: The Significance of Qât (Catha edulis) in the Yemen Arab Republic. Middle East Studies Association, Philadelphia, November.
  • The Ecology of Traditional Water Allocation in Yemen. American Institute for Yemeni Studies, Sanaa, Yemen Arab Republic, November.
  • The Recent Evolution of "Scientific Creationism". Northeastern Anthropological Association, Annual Meeting, Princeton, March.

1981         

  • The Role of the Health Sanitarian in Improving Rural Egyptian Sanitation.Third Annual Conference of the International Association for the Advancement of Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries, C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University, Brookville, NY, November.
  • Let Them Eat Dungcake: Rural Sanitation Problems in Egypt. American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, March.

  • Affluence and the Concept of the Tribe in the Central Highlands of the Yemen Arab Republic. American Ethnological Society, Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, March. [Co-authored with Dr. Najwa Adra, who presented the paper.].

1980         

  • Water Right and Water Use in the Yemeni Highlands: The Phenomenon of Ghayl. Middle East Studies Association, Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November.
  • Irrigation in the Highlands of Yemen: Reflections on an Ethnographic Study. 25th Annual Conference on Archaeology, Wheaton College, November.
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