SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Vom Bruck, Gabriele (2018) 'Submerged History: Fragments for a Biographic Narrative of 1948.' Journal of Arabian Studies, 8 (1). pp. 66-86.

Full text not available from this repository.


This article deals with the reminiscences of Amat al-Laṭīf al-Wazīr, only daughter of ʿAbdullah al-Wazīr, one of the leaders of the Yemeni reform movement which sought to establish a constitutional government in the late 1940s. Against the background of her family’s devastation and dispossession following the failed revolt, the article explores the intricacies of her memory. Most studies of this period tend to privilege men’s heroic political narratives over the everyday struggles of women who unwittingly became victims of the ensuing turmoil. Amat al-Laṭīf al-Wazīr’s story highlights the effect violent conflict has on kinship relations and on the lives of survivors who were accustomed to men’s support and protection. Telling her story through an intersubjective lens, she makes claims as to how her father’s ill-fated attempt to refashion the twentieth-century Yemeni imamate should be remembered.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Yemen, 1948 revolt, al-Wazir, memory, women
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 21534780
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 16:07

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item