The Hadhramaut Research Centre, (HRC) has the pleasure to cordially invite you to the launch of its first academic book: Hadhramaut and its Diaspora: Yemeni Politics, Identity and Migration (Edited by: Dr Noel Brehony) 

Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 5.45-7:00 pm, (there will be a reception afterwards)
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)
SOAS University of London
Russell Square WC1H 0XG
Admission Free - All Welcome

The HRC has sponsored the book which is a clear demonstration of HRC’s commitment of what it can contribute towards research on the Hadhramaut. The launch is being done jointly with the LMEI as part of its regular Tuesday evening lecture series.

The evening’s programme will be as follows:
Professor William Clarence-Smith will chair the event.
Muhammad Bin-Dohry will speak about the Hadhramaut Research Centre (HRC)
Noel Brehony (editor) will introduce the book, and will speak briefly about the chapters of authors who are unable to attend the launch and will acknowledge the contribution by the late John Shipman to the editing of the book. Professor Clarence-Smith, Thanos Petouris, Helen Lackner and James Spencer will discuss their contributions to the book. 
The book will be offered at a special reduced price at the launch. It will also be produced in electronic version at a reduced price.

Hadhramis have migrated for centuries in large numbers, establishing a diaspora that extends around the Indian Ocean, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. This migration has deeply affected the host countries as well as Hadhramaut itself.

This book examines the Hadhrami diaspora, who travelled as religious scholars, traders, labourers and soldiers, to understand their enduring influence and the Hadhrami identity. In doing so, the book explores key aspects of Hadhrami history, including the impact of Yemeni nationalist movements, the significance of land reforms for the Hadhramis, the importance of social and tribal origins and how Hadhramis - as a Muslim community - have resisted colonial domination. Yet Hadhramaut, though a distinctive part of geographical Yemen, has not been able to use its population size, capabilities or resources to wield significant political influence in successive Yemeni regimes.
This research asks if the current turmoil in Yemen following the Arab Spring, the growth of Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and war involving a coalition led by Saudi Arabia, will produce even greater instability in the region or perhaps lead to a united Yemen, a restored South Yemen or even to Hadhramaut as an independent state. In posing these questions, Hadhramaut and its Diaspora: Yemeni Politics, Identity and Migration also explores what role the diaspora can play in shaping the future of their homeland.

The contents of the book are as follows:

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Muhammad Bin-Dohry and Noel Brehony


Abdalla Bujra and Noel Brehony
I. Hadhramis in Yemen
1. Hadhramaut in Yemen Politics since the 1960s.
Saadaldeen Talib and Noel Brehony
2. Hadhrami ‘Exceptionalism’: Attempts at an Explanation
Thanos Petouris
3. Hadhramaut: Social Structure, Agriculture and Migration
Helen Lackner
 II. Hadhramis in the Diaspora
4. The Atlas of Sayyid Uthman of Batavia (1822–1914)
Nico J.G. Kaptein
5. ‘Revival’ of the Hadhrami Diaspora? Networking through Religious Figures in Indonesia.
Kazuhiro Arai
6. Arab Muslim Migrants in the Colonial Philippines: the Hadhramaut Connection.
William G. Clarence-Smith
7. Scimitar for Hire: Yemeni Fighters Abroad.
James Spencer
8. Citizenship and Belonging among the Hadhramis of Kenya.
Iain Walker
9. Diaspora or Network? The Hadhrami Diaspora Reconsidered through the Lens of Trade.
Philippe Petriat
 III. Research Issues
10. Rediscovering Hadhramaut: paradigms of research.
Leif Manger

End Piece: Research Issues on Hadhramaut.
Abdalla Bujra


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