Over time the world has seemed to gain new technology and communication, but Yemen
remains much as they were hundreds of years ago. Only in the major cities like Sana'a
and Aden are there a fair number of computers, technology, and other modern-day
luxuries. However, even in these cities the architecture, construction, and most
aspects of life are still done how they were in the past as nearly every building
in the capital was built by hand.
The greatest outside influence in Yemen is Islam. Most people in Yemen are fairly
devout Muslims and interpret religious laws in a very conservative manner with strict
punishments for disobeying. Relationships between the sexes are very restricted
and no man can touch a woman unless they are married. These conservative measures
are also carried over to other aspects of daily life and their diet. While Islam
greatly alters the culture, it also unites the fragmented society with this similarity
in faith and lifestyle.
Today little has changed in Yemen as most people prefer to remain isolated, live
off the land, defend themselves locally, and are conservative Muslims. The largest
change in recent decades is the people's awareness that there is a national
government and that this government is trying to control them. Among many people,
the government is viewed as unnecessary and every action taken is fought by some
people, especially if the changes help or support any competing groups of people.
To many Yemenis, their government is seen as a foreign occupier messing with their
internal affairs and it is not needed or wanted. However, most people in some parts
of the country have managed to avoid the government and their rule over time as
little has changed in recent decades.