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. In 1987-1988 he carried out an ethnographic fieldwork among the bedouin of the Hajar mountains of the Emirates.
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.
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: 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:

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

“Arnold van Gennep Facing Durkheim Alone: Glimpse of the French School of Anthropology”.
Al-Funun Al-Shaabia Folk-Lore. 2012, Jan., No. 90: 35-54. (In Arabic, Egypt)

“Pierre Bourdieu: The Anthropologist”.
Idafat: The Arab Journal of Sociology. 2011, No. 14: 47-69. (In Arabic, Lebanon)

“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)

“French School of Anthropology: The Case of Marcel Mauss”.
Folk Culture. 2009, Vol. 2, No. 6: 94-107. (In Arabic, Bahrain)

“Danish Anthropologists in the Arabian Gulf: The Case of Henny Harald Hansen” .
Journal of Social Affairs. 2005, Vol. 22, No. 88: 101-138. (In Arabic, Emirates)

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

“Anthropology vs. Authority and Social Control in Islamic Tribal Society: A Critical Review”.
Journal of Human Sciences. 2003, No. 6: 141-185. (In Arabic, Bahrain)

“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