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Dar Al-Hadeeth in Dammaj
Dar Al-Hadeeth in Dammaj
Dammaj is located in Yemen
Location in Yemen
Coordinates: 16°53′28.86″N 43°47′55.53″E / 16.8913500°N 43.7987583°E / 16.8913500; 43.7987583Coordinates: 16°53′28.86″N 43°47′55.53″E / 16.8913500°N 43.7987583°E / 16.8913500; 43.7987583
Country  Yemen
Administrative division Sa'dah Governorate
 • Type Local
Population (2007)
 • Total 15,626
Time zone GMT+3

Dammaj (Arabic: دماج‎) is a small town in the Sa'dah Governorate of northwestern Yemen, southeast by road from Sa'dah in a valley of the same name.

Muqbil bin Hadi al-Wadi'i established the Madrasah Dar al-Hadith in Dammaj in 1979,[1] one of the most important educational institutions of moderate Islam in the world, renowned for teaching Salafism.[2][3] Terrorism and extreme views about Islam are both strictly forbidden in the Dar-al-hadith and has been criticized and warned against by the Madrasah leaders.

The town was at the epicenter of the Siege of Dammaj, and in November 2013, further sectarian violence between militants of the Houthi-led Shia movement and Sunni Salafists erupted in the town, creating many casualties; some 50 had been killed by the start of the second week.[4][5] In one incident in late November a mine exploded as a military vehicle was passing by, killing two Yemeni soldiers.[6]


  1. ^ Noor, Farish A.; Sikand, Yoginder; Bruinessen, Martin van (2008). The Madrasa in Asia: Political Activism and Transnational Linkages. Amsterdam University Press. p. 266. ISBN 978-90-5356-710-4. 
  2. ^ Cesari, Jocelyne (25 July 2013). Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 381. ISBN 978-1-137-25820-5. 
  3. ^ Mahoney, Richard D. (2004). Getting Away with Murder: The Real Story Behind American Taliban John Walker Lindh and what the U.S. Government Had to Hide. Arcade Publishing. p. 158. ISBN 978-1-55970-714-5. 
  4. ^ "Yemen: ICRC evacuates 44 severely wounded people from Dammaj". ICRC. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Catastrophic" humanitarian situation in Yemen’s Dammaj". IRIN. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Yemen soldiers killed despite rebel-Salafist truce". France24. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.