Abdullah Yateem


Abdullah A. Yateem (Ph.D.)


Abdullah Yateem was born in the city of Muharraq, Kingdom of Bahrain. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kuwait in 1976. He then continued his postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom where he obtained a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh in 1991. During the period 1987-1988, he carried out a continuous ethnographic fieldwork among the Bedouins of the Hajar Mountains in the United Arab Emirates, and other intermittent ones in later years. He also accomplished a couple of short period of ethnographic fieldworks in the Kingdom of Bahrain during the years 2001-2013.
Prior to his appointment as Assistant Undersecretary for Press and Publications, Ministry of Information, Kingdom of Bahrain, in 2002, Abdullah Yateem was Assistant Undersecretary for Culture and National Heritage and Secretary General of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, Ministry of Information, Kingdom of Bahrain, from 1996 to 2002. During the period 1996-2002 he was Editor-in-Chief of al-Bahrain al-Thaqafia, a periodical published by the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature. From 1991-96 he held the post of Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Bahrain. In 2000 H.H. the king of Bahrain presented him the Order of Sheikh Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa. In same year was also hounred as one of the pioneers of Muharraq city, Kingdom of Bahrain.
At present, Abdullah Yateem teaches Anthropology at University of Bahrain, and works as an academic researcher at the Centre for Bahrain Studies, University of Bahrain. He has also published anthropological and ethnographic studies, research papers, and reviews in several scientific periodicals. His most important works include: French Anthropology: History and Perspectives, (2019); The Arabian Gulf: Anthropological Studies, (2019); Economy and Society among the Bedouin of the Emirates: An Anthropological Study, (2018); Bahrain Society and Culture: Anthropological Studies, (2016); Claude Levi-Strauss: Reading in Modern Anthropological Thought (2016), Manama, An Arab City: An Anthropological Critique (2015), The Emirates Bedouin of the Hajar Mountains: An 
Essay on Historical Anthropology (2007), Anthropological Notebook: Biographies and 
Conversations (2004), and some of his more recent articles include:

“French Anthropology: History and Prospects”.
Journal of Human Sciences. 2017, No. 30, 51-81. (In Arabic, Bahrain)

”Rashid Al-Oraifi: A Bahraini Artist as Seen by his Student”
. Al-Bahrain Al-Thaqafia, 2017, Vol. 24, No. 89: 24-38. (In Arabic, Bahrain)

“Current Cultural Transformations in the Arabian Gulf: An Agenda for Research Project”.
Folk Culture, 2016, Vol. 9, No. 33: 8-11. (In Arabic, Bahrain)

“Religion, Identity and Citizenship: The Predicament of Shiʿa Fundamentalism in Bahrain”.
Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS),
2014, Vol. 8, No. 3: 97-129 (In English, Metropolitan University, Prague)

”The Social Roots of Bahraini Elites: A Historical Anthropology Perspective”.
Al-Bahrain Al-Thaqafia.  2013, Vol. 20, No. 71: 9-30. (In Arabic, Bahrain)

“European Anthropology and the Middle East: The Danish Example” .
Journal of Social Affairs. 2010, Vol. 27, No. 107: 37-64. (In Arabic, Emirates)

“Agriculture and Pastoralism in the Hajar Mountains of the Emirates: A Historical Ethnography”.
Journal of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies. 2009, Vol. 35, No. 135: 17-85. (In English, Kuwait)

“Religion and Society among the Bedouin of the Emirates: An Anthropological Perspective”.
2009,  Thaqafat. No. 22: 179-214. (In Arabic, Bahrain)

“The Muslim Qadi and the Peasant Bedouin of the Emirates”.
New Arabian Studies. 2004, Vol. 6: 156-186. (In English, U.K.)

“Aspects of Social and Symbolic Boundaries Among the Bedouin of the Emirates”.
Journal of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies. 2001, Vol. 27,
No. 103: 49-87. (In English, Kuwait)

Abdullah A. Yateem (Ph.D.)
P.O.Box 11631
Manama – Kingdom of Bahrain