Gabriele vom Bruck is a reader in anthropology with reference to the Middle East (emerita) and a research fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and held teaching posts at the LSE and the University of Edinburgh. She has conducted extensive field research in Yemen and published on elites, religious movements, gender, consumption, memory and history, and photography. Her major publications are Islam, Memory and Morality in Yemen: Ruling Families in Transition (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Mirrored Loss: A Yemeni Woman’s Life Story (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).
The most significant and by far largest collections of Zaydi manuscripts are housed by the many public and private libraries of Yemen, an endangered cultural heritage tradition, currently at risk due to the conflict and warfare in Yemen. The contributions brought together in this volume address a wide spectrum of aspects concerning Yemeni manuscript cultures, with some focusing on their history and present state within Yemen and others discussing the collections of manuscripts of Yemeni provenance in Europe and elsewhere.
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