Book Launch: Bahrain’s Uprising:Resistance and Repression in the Gulf – Zed Books in Association with Amnesty International
Wednesday, 7 October 2015 from 19:00 to 21:30 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA London ,United Kingdom
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Zed Books and Amnesty International invite you all to celebrate the publication of Bahrain’s Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf (Zed Books, 2015), edited by Bahrain Watch’s Marc Owen Jones and Ala’a Shehabi.
Join us from 7 – 8.30pm for a panel discussion and audience Q and A on the book, followed by a drinks reception and activist stalls from 8.30pm.
Link to the event.
Marc Owen Jones is a member of the advocacy NGO Bahrain Watch. He has written extensively about Bahrain for outlets such as the Independent, the New Statesman, CNN, Open Democracy, Index on Censorship, Muftah, Your Middle East, and Middle East Eye.
Farida Ghulam is the Vice Secretary of the secular National Democratic Society (Wa’ad) in Bahrain and an activist for women’s rights and general public affairs. Her husband is Ibrahim Sharif, a political activist imprisoned for 5 years for exercising his right to free speech. Although released, Ibrahim Sharif was re-arrested and could face charges of 10+ years. Ghulam was a frequent contributor to Al Wasat, a national newspaper in Bahrain.
Shane Enright (chair) is the Global Trade Union Advisor for Amnesty International.
About the book:
‘Brings together a powerful group of voices, observers and activists, who have worked not only to make sense of events in Bahrain, but who have also tirelessly advocated for justice in one of the region’s most tyrannical states. A timely and important volume.’ – Toby Jones, Rutgers University
‘Beautifully written, empirically rich, theoretically provocative and meticulously researched, it is a must-read for scholars interested in social movements in Bahrain and more broadly.’ – Frances S. Hasso, Duke University
‘Through first-person accounts and rigorous analysis, this book teaches us a great deal not only about contentious politics and social movements in Bahrain but about regional geopolitics writ large.’ – Lisa Hajjar, University of California, Santa Barbara
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.
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.
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