Abd al-Majid al-Zindani


Abd al-Majid al-Zindani

Person

Abd al-Majid al-Zindani

The cleric Abd al-Majid al-Zindani is one of the most well-known members of the radical wing of the Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood.

He has been politically active in Yemen intermittently since the 1970s, after returning to the country from Egypt and Saudi Arabia. A supporter of the Salafi schools which began to appear in northern Yemen during his time as "Guide" under President Hamdi (1974-77), he founded the al-Iman (Faith) University in 1995 in Sana'a. Former students have been linked to various terrorist groups and activities, prompting the US to designate him a 'Global Terrorist' in 2004, and his university an 'incubator for radicalism'. Since the 2011 youth uprising Zindani withdrew to his village. His university came under fierce attack by Houthi fighters during their takeover of Sana'a in September 2014.

Thanos Petouris, SOAS, University of London