South Yemen - Bulwark against al-Qaida and Religious Extremism

A seminar with Dr. Mohammad Ali Saqqaf ( South Yemeni human rights activist)

North and South Yemen united in one state, despite criticism and differences in their cultural identity. The South was a secular state for 152 years while the North was a conservative, Islamic state. Why did the North succeed in enforcing its influence on the South, leading to the spread of al-Qaida and the decline of religious moderation? This, while the South failed to bring its experience to the North, an experience the North’s Sunni majority looked to in its transition from a tribal-military state to a sovereign state of law. (Dr. Mohammad Ali Saqqaf)

Dr. Mohammad Ali Saqqaf holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Sorbonne, France. He was a professor at the University of Sanaa, Yemen, thereafter he has worked as a lawyer and a human rights activist. He is also an activist for Southern Yemeni independence.

Published Oct. 26, 2012 1:32 PM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2012 1:33 PM