Islah da’awah camps in Mareb [Archives:2004/771/Community]

September 9 2004

The Yemeni Congregation for Reform (Islah) is organizing a number of summer camps in Mareb, at which students from Al-Eyman University and religious leaders will deliver lectures.
Islah is trying to broaden its support base in the tribal community through ideological and religious construction. In the areas of Mareb and Jawf, the party is active and has a greater base than any other party, (including the ruling GPC). However, areas such as Sa'adah, over which the Zaidi influence has surged, its influence (and that of the Wahabi sect) has been decreasing.
The control of religious sects over regional districts is dangerous, broadening any clashes between them and the government – as is happening in Sa'adah, rendering the government ineffective in quelling the rebellion of religious leader Hussein Badr Al-Din Al-Houthi and his followers.