WCFIA Project on Shi'ism Seminar (via Zoom)


Thursday, March 11, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:30pm


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"A Genealogy of Conflict: Interior Views of the War in Yemen"

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Marieke Brandt, Senior Researcher, Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.


Payam Mohseni, Director, Project on Shi’ism and Global Affairs. Lecturer on Government, Department of Government, Harvard University.

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Over the last years, the war in Yemen has developed many internal and external dynamics. The focus of international observers and the media is often more on its regional political contexts, thereby largely disregarding the local dynamics of this conflict whose roots go back far into the history of Yemen. This lecture gives an insight into the local history of this conflict, with a special focus on the roots of Zaydi revivalism in highland Yemen and the emergence of the Zaydi “Houthis” (also called Ansar Allah), as well as interlinked tribal, socio-historical and political dynamics in Yemen that explain the Houthi conflict’s onset, persistence, and expansion.