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
Identity Constructions in Contemporary Yemeni Novels, Narratio Aliena? Studien des Bonner Zentrums für Transkulturelle Narratologie 13, Berlin 2020. More information.
Imagining an Alternative Homeland. Humanism in Contemporary Yemeni Novels, CARPO Study 06 (November 2018). English and Arabic.
‘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 (2018). More information
‘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: ‘The reconfiguration of identities in the context of the current war in Yemen. The contemporary Sunni Islamist field’, in: Majallat Idhafat 38-39 (2017), pp. 50-67