- Publisher: Zed Books
- ISBN: 9781783604333
- Price: $35.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Oct 2015
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 272
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Resistance and Repression in the Gulf
Edited by Marc Owen Jones, Ala’a Shehabi
The 2011 uprisings that started in Tunisia and swept across the region have been extensively covered, but until now the Gulf island of Bahrain has almost been forgotten from the narration of events that have dramatically changed the region. Bahrain’s Uprising examines the ongoing protests and the state’s repression, revealing a sophisticated society shaped by its political struggle against a reactionary ruling elite that see’s the island as the bounty of conquest. The regime survived largely through foreign political and economic patronage, notably from Britain, America, and Saudi Arabia – a patronage so deep, that the island became the first immediate target of the regional counter-revolutionary mobilisation that continues today.
The book explores the contentious politics of Bahrain, and charts the way in which a dynamic culture of street protest, a strong moral belief in legitimate democratic demands and but zithromax online without a prescription creative forms of resistance continue to hamper the efforts of the ruling elite to rebrand itself as a liberal, modernising monarchy. Drawing on powerful testimonies, interviews and conversations from those involved, this broad collection of writings provides a rarely heard voice for the lived experiences of Bahrainis and young scholars studying them. From the trial speech by one of the most prominent political leaders of the uprising, to the evocative prose of an imprisoned poet, the book harnesses the power of storytelling, to lead into scholarly articles that address the themes of space, social movements, postcolonialism, social media, and the role of foreign patrons. Published on the eve of the 2016 bicentenary of British-Bahrain relations, the book in particular focuses on the role of the British government, together showing the depth of historical grievance beyond the sectarian narrative that has come to define the limited reporting of events in the country.
Bahrain’s Uprising provides a powerful insight into the Arab Spring’s forgotten front, and will be of lasting value not only to policy makers, journalists, scholars and students of the Middle East, but also activists seeking to learn from, and build upon, Bahraini history and the uprising’s legacy.
Foreword On the Prelude to 14th February Uprising–Abd al-Hadi Khalaf
Introduction Bahrain’s Uprising: Entering the realm of possibilities - Ala’a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones
Section One: Voices of the Condemned
1. A trial of thoughts and ideas - Ibrahim Sharif
2. God After Ten o’Clock–Ali Al Jallawi
3. A room with a view, of repression: An Eyewitness to the Pearl Uprising –Tony Mitchell
Section Two: Configuring dissent : Charting movements, space and self-representation in Bahrain
4. Shifting Contours of Activism and Possibilities for Justice in Bahrain Luke–G.G. Bhatia and Ala’a Shehabi
5. The Many Afterlives of Lulu: The Story of Bahrain’s Pearl Roundabout - Amal Khalaf
6. Tn Tn Ttn and Torture in Bahrain: Puncturing the Spectacle of the ‘Arab Spring’ - John Horne
Section Three: Suppressing dissent in an acceptable manner: Modes of repression, foreign involvement and institutional violence
7. On the side of decency and democracy: The History of British-Bahraini
relations and trans-national contestation - Zoe Holman
8. Police deviance, brutality, and unaccountability in Bahrain - Marc Owen Jones
9. Social Media, Surveillance, and Spying in the Bahrain Uprising - Marc Owen Jones
About the Authors
Marc Owen Jones is a member of the advocacy NGO Bahrain Watch and has written extensively about Bahrain for outlets such as CNN, Democracy Now, Index on Censorship, Muftah, Your Middle East, and Middle East Eye. In 2011 he helped exposed the fake journalist Liliane Khalil, and appeared on Al Jazeera and France 24 to discuss how PR companies can use such figures to spread government propaganda. He is completing his PhD in at the University of Durham.
Ala’a Shehabi is a Bahraini writer and researcher. She is a co-founder of Bahrain Watch, an NGO that advocates for accountability and social justice in Bahrain. She has a PhD in economics from Imperial College, London and studied at University College, London, and Warwick University. She previously worked as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation and as a lecturer at the Bahraini Institute for Banking and Finance during the 2011 uprising. Her husband was imprisoned during that period and she visited the prisons and military court in the country. She appears in the media and has written for The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Jadaliyya, openDemocracy, and Foreign Policy. Various parts of the book were written during a visiting position at Lund University and a fellowship at the Arab Council for Social Sciences.