Dr. Abdulsalam al-Rubaidi holds a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Bonn, Germany, and a master in Arabic Language and Literature from Sana’a University, Yemen. He is a lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Faculty of Education at al-Baydha’ University, and a lecturer at the Gender Development Research and Studies Center (GDRSC) at Sana’a University, Yemen. He is also a founding member of the Academic Forum Muhammad Ali Luqman.
Abdulsalam worked as a teacher of the humanities (religion, history and Arabic language) in a number of private schools and universities in Sana‘a from 2005 to 2009. From 2012 to 2014, he was a researcher at the Yemen Polling Center (YPC) in Sana‘a in the Volkswagen Foundation-funded project on ‘Framing the Revolution in Yemen’ with the University of Bonn. He is currently the editor of the Arabic publications at al-Madaniya Magazine and the Yemen Policy Center. Abdulsalam has published extensively on cultural and social issues in Yemen in both Arabic and English language.
Focus & topics:
Arabic linguistics and literature, Sufism, political and religious discourses in Yemen, identification processes and social change in Yemen
(2020): Identity Constructions in Contemporary Yemeni Novels, Narratio Aliena? Studien des Bonner Zentrums für Transkulturelle Narratologie 13, Berlin. More information.
(November 2018): Imagining an Alternative Homeland. Humanism in Contemporary Yemeni Novels, CARPO Study 06. English and Arabic.
(2018): ‘Skepticism among emerging public intellectuals in post-revolution Yemen’, in: Marie-Christine Heinze (ed.): Yemen and the Search for Stability. Power, Politics and Society after the Arab Spring, London: IB Tauris. More information.
(2018): ‘Scholarly and spiritual relationships between two Shāfiʿī cities in Yemen: Tārim and al-Bayḍāʾ’, in: Hadhramaut al-Thaqafiyya Magazine 9 (July-September 2018), pp. 62-71. Online available.
& Laurent Bonnefoy (2017): ‘The reconfiguration of identities in the context of the current war in Yemen. The contemporary Sunni Islamist field’, in: Majallat Idhafat 38-39, pp. 50-67.