Telling Yemen’s War – New book on Yemen bravely breaks mainstream narrative

SHAFAQNA – A Tale of Grand Resistance: Yemen, the Wahhabis and the House of Saud

Director of Programs for the Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, prominent UK-based political analyst, author and commentator, Catherine Shakdam broke what she described as “engineered silence” on Yemen’s war to reframe this brutal conflict within a regional struggle for liberation and political emancipation.

She stressed: “Resistance in Yemen is not an act of rebellion but a righteous cry for freedom. It is time we learn to look upon Yemen’s war and recognise what dangerous realities the Wahhabist Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is attempting to manifest. Yemen, like all nations, deserves the courtesy of its own truth. Yemen needs to be spoken and its people acknowledged.”

Insightful, bold and refreshingly unapologetic, A Tale of Grand Resistance: Yemen, the Wahhabis and the House of Saud relates to those very dynamics, and movements which stand to shape the future of the Arab world and allow for a region to proclaim its independence from the plague of imperialism and Wahhabist Saudi Arabia.

Speaking from Washington, His Royal Highness Prince Ali Seraj of Afghanistan noted: “Catherine’s analysis and command of history have made this book an absolute must-read on Yemen. A Tale of Grand Resistance epitomises this struggle within the Islamic world, communities have faced against imperialism and fascism. Her knowledge on Yemen, the courage of her writing in denouncing Wahhabism and Western imperialism are a testimony to the generosity of her heart. Catherine I am certain will make a lasting mark, and her book on Yemen will be remembered. A few people are as committed as she is to the truth, and her work on Yemen has been inspiring to say the least.”

Rather than conform to the accepted narrative on Yemen, and paint this war of aggression against the Yemeni people as one of political restoration and democracy-building A Tale of Grand Resistance goes to the heart of this protracted conflict in between Saudi Arabia and Yemen to unveil geopolitical lay lines and religious ambitions.

Dr John Andrew Morrow, Director of the Covenant Initiative and well-respected Islamic scholar and author commended Ms Shakdam’s work as both ground-breaking and exceptional.

“Catherine Shakdam is a genuine diamond of journalism at a time when most reporters are made of cubic zirconia. The real article, and not a cheap imitation, she is respected by intellectuals and academics for her perspicacious prose and her insightful analysis. A prolific and passionate writer, Shakdam never shies away from controversy for fear of political correctness. Like a modern-day Sayyidah Zaynab bint ‘Ali, she fearlessly speaks truth to power in her quest for justice.”

And: “For anyone interested in understanding the complicated conflict currently taking place in Yemen, Catherine Shakdam’s perspicacious political analysis is a must-read. Ignored or side-lined by the mainstream media and intergovernmental organizations, the crisis in the southern Arabia Peninsula remains of critical geo-political importance. Pitting obscenely wealthy war criminals against a rag-tag band of resistance fighters from one of the most impoverished countries in the world, the Saudi Arabian invasion of Yemen mirrors the ill-fated encounter between Goliath and David. Written in a simple and straightforward style that does not compromise content and in-depth analysis, A Tale of Grand Resistance: Yemen and the Wahhabi House of Saud packs a powerful punch that should send the regional elites and their globalist masters staggering.”

Set to redefine how Yemen’s war is understood and perceived A Tale of Grand Resistance: Yemen, the Wahhabis and the House of Saud already made its way to the corridors of Washington DC to hopefully mobilise new dynamics.


“Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of this conflict, in the zone where black and white clash.” – Louis Aragon

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