In memory of Leila Ingrams

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of researcher and writer Leila Ingrams on 22 March, near her home in Kent.

Leila’s interest in the Arab world was deep rooted. Having spent her early childhood in Yemen, she was an inveterate visitor to the country and published a number of books on the subject. She was author of Yemen Engraved, co-author of Ethiopia Engraved, and co-editor of a sixteen volume work, Records of Yemen 1798-1960. She also organised exhibitions at universities in England, Ireland and Wales on the history and culture of Yemen and on Yemini children’s paintings.

In addition to her commitment to promoting the culture and welfare of the people of Yemen, Leila was a longstanding supporter of Palestinian rights and an advocate for Palestinian access to education.

She will be warmly remembered for her generous support of Birzeit University students through the establishment of the Doreen Ingrams Scholarship Fund - which she set up in 2004 in memory of her mother, who had travelled extensively throughout the Arab world, first visiting Palestine in 1936.

In addition to the numerous books, articles and pamphlets she had written and edited on the region and Arab women, Doreen had also annotated and compiled Palestine Papers: Seeds of Conflict 1917-1922,  which pinpointed British responsibility for the subsequent tragedy in Palestine.

Keen to continue the work Doreen had felt so passionate about, Leila worked with Fobzu to organise a fund for female students facing financial hardship who would not otherwise be able to complete a university education - giving further priority to female students with special needs.

Over the years, the lives of many young Palestinian women have been transformed because of her generosity. And many more will be able to pursue their studies in the future due to the scholarship fund she established.