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Edition #2 December 2021

Arabia Felix Magazine

What is that chant?
Who is chanting it?
They are from the
of Bilqis, these
melody and chord

Hundreds of kingdoms and civilisations in the Arabian Peninsula, many dating back over 3,000 years, have left traces in Yemen. The echoes of these cultures are still apparent in Sheba, the land of Bilqis, a queen who was one of the world’s most famous monarchs. In the eyes of Yemeni poet Abdullah al-Baradouni, Sheba is the place where chants, melodies and chords originate. In this issue, we explore enduring Yemeni figures from the past and the way artists reimagine Arabia Felix, the ancient name for Yemen, in their work. Contributors share stories of celebration, creativity and communication with other cultures whose timeless intricacies offer inspiration for the present moment.

A woman farmer during harvest, around Taiz. © Albaraa Mansoor / Arabia Felix Magazine

Yemen’s Mahajil: Melodies of Coexistence Through Time and Space

Mohammed Ali Mahroos, Faiz al-Dhubaibi, Fatima Bawazir
al-‘Aydarus Mosque, Aden, October 2021

Nights of Coexistence: Time-honoured Traditions Forge Peaceful Paths

Eslah Saleh, Fatima Bawazir, Muhammed Ali Mahroos, Faiz al-Dhubaibi, Samar Abdullah, Zain Alaabdain Ali
Members of two tribes in Marib shake hands in reconciliation. © Fahd al-Ayal

Yemen’s Hidden Riches: Tools for Conflict Transformation

Zain Alaabdain Ali, Muhammed Ali Mahroos, Eslah Saleh
ﻟﻮﺣﺔ ﻓﻨﻴﺔ ﻟﻌﺒﲑ اﻟﺤﴬﻣﻲ. © ﻋﺒﺪ ﷲ ﻋﺜﻤﺎن | ﻣﺠﻠﺔ اﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ اﻟﺴﻌﻴﺪة

The Free Women of Yemen

Samar Abdullah, Mohammed Ali Mahroos, Zain Alaabdain Ali, Fatima Bawazir, Mohammed Ali Mahroos, Eslah Saleh
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