Turkish-Yemeni Document Exhibition during 28 July-2 August [Archives:2001/30/Local News]

July 23 2001

According to reliable sources, the Turkish-Yemeni document exhibition will be held from 28 July to 2 August 2001. The exhibition will reveal for the first time precious and invaluable original documents of letters sent back and forth between Yemen and the Ottoman Empire’s capital, Istanbul (Constantinople). The exhibition is the first of its kind to be held in Yemen and is considered a significant step in mutual cultural cooperation between Turkey and Yemen. Part of the cultural program is to also send several Yemeni trainees to study the science of archiving along with reading the Ottoman Turkish language. The exhibition is also considered the largest and most significant Ottoman exhibition in the region if not in the whole Arab world. The documents to be exhibited include letters dating back to the 16th century. Most of the documents however belong to the 19th and 20th centuries.
Some of the documents to be exhibited are: A letter indicating the employment of men to obtain wild tigers sent by ship from Yemen to Istanbul (1890) – The treaty written in the Ottoman Turkish language between Imam Yahya of Yemen and the Ottoman Empire (1912) – An article of Hussein Hilmi, governor of Yemen about the benefits of establishing a railway between Sanaa and Hodeidah in enhancing agriculture in the region (1899), plus tens of other documents which throw light on Ottoman-Yemeni relations. At its height in the 16th century, the Ottoman Empire was centered primarily in western Anatolia (modern day Turkey) and the Balkan Peninsula (what is now southern Greece, Greek Macedonia, Bulgaria, ex-Yugoslavia, and Albania), but also encompassed much of the Arab world (including, at times, Yemen).