Recommended Bibliography on Yemen

This bibliographic list is by no means comprehensive, and the inclusion or not of a particular publication does not reflect the opinion of the British-Yemeni Society. It serves as a recommendation of the basic literature on Yemen for those seeking to further their knowledge of the country. It does not include individual articles, or chapters in collected volumes. 

  • General Reference

Auchterlonie, Paul (1998). Yemen, World Bibliographical Series Vol. 50. Oxford: Clio Press.

Buringa, Joke (1994). Bibliography on Women in Yemen. New York: American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

Burrowes, Robert D (1995). Historical Dictionary of Yemen. Lanham: The Scarecrow Press.

Ingrams, Doreen and Ingrams, Leila (eds.) (1993) Records of Yemen, 1798-1960, 16 vols. Farnborough: Archive Editions.

Stevenson, Thomas B (1994). Studies on Yemen, 1975-1990: A Bibliography of European Language Sources for Social Scientists. New York: American Institute for Yemeni Studies.

  • Republic of Yemen (1990 - today)

Bonnefoy, Laurent (2012) Salafism in Yemen: Transnationalism and Religious Identity. London: Hurst & Co.

Bonnefoy, Laurent (2018) Yemen and the World: Beyond Insecurity, London: Hurst & Co.

Brandt, Marieke (2017) Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Huthi Conflict, London: Hurst & Co. 

Brehony, Noel & al-Sarhan, Saud (2015) Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Social, and Economic Challenges. Berlin & London: Gerlach Press.

vom Bruck, Gabriele (2005) Islam, Memory, and Morality in Yemen: Ruling Families in Transition. London: Palgrave.

Carapico, Sheila (1998) Civil Society in Yemen: The Political Economy of Activism in Modern Arabia. London: Cambridge University Press.

Dresch, Paul (2001) A History of Modern Yemen. London: Cambridge University Press.

Heinze, Marie-Christine (2018) Yemen and the Search for Stability: Power, Politics and Society after the Arab Spring, London: I. B. Tauris.

Hill, Ginny (2017) Yemen Endures: Civil War, Saudi Adventurism and the Future of Arabia, London: Hurst & Co.

Lackner, Helen (2014) Why Yemen Matters: A Society in Transition, London: Saqi Books. 

Lackner, Helen (2017) Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State, London: Saqi Books. (Published in the USA by Verso as: Yemen in Crisis: The Road to War)

  • Yemen Arab Republic (1962-1990)

Stookey, Robert W. (1978) Yemen: The Politics of the Yemen Arab Republic, Boulder, Co.: Westview Press.

  • People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (1967-1990)

Brehony, Noel (2013) Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia. London: I.B. Tauris.

Lackner, Helen (1985) PDR Yemen: Outpost of Socialist Development in Arabia. London: Ithaca Press.

  • Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen (1918-1962)

vom Bruck, Gabriele (2018) Mirrored Loss: A Yemeni Woman's Life Story, London: Hurst & Co.

Wenner, Manfred (1968) Modern Yemen 1918-1966. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press

  • Aden Colony & Protectorates (1839-1967)

​Gavin, R. J. (1975) Aden Under British Rule 1839-1967. London: C. Hurst & Co.

Hinchcliffe, P., Ducker, J. Holt, M. (2006) Without Glory in Arabia: The British Retreat from Aden. London: I.B. Tauris.

Mawby, Spencer (2005) British Policy in Aden and the Protectorates 1955-67: Last Outpost of a Middle East Empire. London: Routledge.

Reese, Scott S. (2018) Imperial Muslims: Islam, Community and Authority in the Indian Ocean, 1839–1937, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

  • Soqotra Island

Peutz, Nathalie (2018) Islands of Heritage: Conservation and Transformation in Yemen, Stanford, Ca.: Stanford University Press. 

  • Water & Natural Resources

Ward, Christopher (2014) The Water Crisis in Yemen: Managing Extreme Water Scarcity in the Middle East. London: I.B. Tauris.

  • Art & Culture

Caton, Steven (1993) "Peaks of Yemen I summon": Poetry as Cultural Practice in a North Yemeni Tribe. University of California Press.

Ingrams, Leila (2006) Yemen Engraved: Illustrations by Foreign Travellers 1680-1903. London: Stacey International.

  • Architecture

Damluji, Salma Samar (2008) A Yemen Reality: Architecture Sculptured in Mud and Stone. London: Garnet Publishing.

Damluji, Salma Samar (2008) The Architecture of Yemen: From Yafi to Hadramut. London: Laurence King.