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Adra, Najwa

Research Associate
American Institute for Yemeni Studies


Dr. Najwa Adra is a cultural anthropologist with long-term research and consulting experience in Yemen. In 1978-79, she lived in a rural tribal community in Yemen’s Central Highlands while she conducted field research on the semiotics of dancing and tribal identity. Since then, she has conducted further research elsewhere in Yemen and has consulted with FAO, UNICEF, USAID, the World Bank and DFID. In 2000-2003 she piloted the highly successful Literacy through Poetry/Heritage, an adult literacy project in which learners’ own oral traditions formed the texts from which they learned to read and write. Dr. Adra’s academic publications include articles on heritage and sustainable development, tribalism, dancing and tribal identity, women’s oral poetry, and the impact of television on rural Yemen. Her development reports cover the topics of adult literacy, women in agriculture and social exclusion in Yemen. She is currently completing a book on tribal identity in Yemen.

DISCIPLINE
Anthropology
SUB AREAS
Development   
Education   
Gender/Women's Studies   
State Formation   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Gulf   
Yemen   
SPECIALTIES
Adult literacy   
Tribal identity and customary law   
Heritage and sustainable development   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
French (Intermediate)   
Turkish (Elementary)   
EDUCATION
PhD1983AnthroTemple U

Najwa Adra






22 High Pine
Glen Cove, NY
11542
United States
najwa.adra@gmail.com

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