Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783604333 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604340 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Bahrain's Uprising

Edited by Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones

Bahrain's Uprising

Edited by Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones

Distributed for Zed Books

272 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $27.95 ISBN: 9781783604333 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604340 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
While the revolutions known as the Arab Spring took place across many nations, attention has been disproportionately focused on the North African nations—Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia—while the quieter revolution in Bahrain has been largely ignored. Bahrain’s Uprising rights that wrong, bringing together a roster of knowledgeable contributors—all of whom live or have lived in Bahrain—to reveal the social and political background to the revolution and its ongoing aftermath.

Painting a picture of a nation defined by oil wealth and deep inequality, Bahrain Uprising offers a voice for the ordinary citizen, telling the story of the uprising and taking readers into the dynamic culture of street protests that continue to put pressure on the slowly changing monarchy. Bahrain Uprising will be an invaluable contribution to our understanding not just of Bahrain, but of the Arab Spring and grass-roots democratic movements in general.
Contents
Epigraph

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
Review Quotes
E-International Relations
“Bahrain’s Uprising transports readers back to the tumultuous, even giddy, period when, for a few weeks at least, anything seemed possible. Edited by Ala’a Shehabi, the daughter of a prominent figure in the Bahraini opposition in exile in the United Kingdom, and Marc Owen Jones, who grew up as an expatriate in Bahrain, the volume is unabashedly activist both in tone and in content and is an outgrowth of the Bahrain Watch web initiative established in 2012. . . . The book succeeds . . .  in reconstructing an evocative and comprehensive account of what is, in large measure, the forgotten flashpoint of the Arab Spring.”
Red Pepper
“An essential read for anyone who wants to understand how a regime that has tortured, brutalized, and killed its own people can be regarded as a close ally of the UK.”
Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies
 “What binds the essays is, first of all, that they are remarkably well crafted and share a sense of immediacy: many of the authors describe what they themselves saw and heard, and some go through the painful process of trying to express what it was like to be a political prisoner. (At least one of the contributors is currently imprisoned.) The essays also share an overarching sense of humanity, in that the book focuses on the experience of people, not members of specific religious or national groups.”
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