Book Talk Webinar: Political Repression in Bahrain

Wed, Mar 10, 2021, 12:00 pm
Audience: 
Free, Open to the Public
Sponsor(s): 
Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies

Staci Strobl in conversation with  Marc Owen Jones

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Exploring Bahrain's modern history through the lens of repression, this concise and accessible account work spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, looking at all forms of political repression from legal, statecraft, police brutality and informational controls. Considering several episodes of contention in Bahrain, from tribal resistance to the British reforms of the 1920s, the rise of the Higher Executive Committee in the 1950s, the leftist agitation of the 1970s, the 1990s Intifada and the 2011 Uprising, Marc Owen Jones offers never before seen insights into the British role in Bahrain, as well as the activities of the Al Khalifa Ruling Family. From the plundering of Bahrain's resources, to new information about the torture and murder of Bahrain civilians, this study reveals new facts about Bahrain's troubled political history. Using freedom of information requests, historical documents, interviews, and data from social media, this is a rich and original interdisciplinary history of Bahrain over one hundred years.

Staci Strobl is a Professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She is the author of Sectarian Order in Bahrain: The Social and Colonial Origins of Criminal Justice (2018, Lexington Books).

Marc Owen Jones is a Professor of Middle East Studies at Hamad bin Khalifa University, in Qatar, where he lectures and researches on political repression and informational control strategies. Jones’s is the co-editor of two books on Bahrain and the Gulf, Gulfization of the Arab World (2018) and Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf (2015).