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By Ala’a Shehabi, Marc Owen Jones
portray an image of a kingdom outlined by means of oil wealth and deep inequality, Bahrain Uprising offers a voice for the normal citizen, telling the tale of the rebellion and taking readers into the dynamic tradition of road protests that proceed to place strain at the slowly altering monarchy. Bahrain Uprising will be a useful contribution to our figuring out not only of Bahrain, yet of the Arab Spring and grass-roots democratic hobbies in general.
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The old order may have survived, but it now faces new times; the equilibrium point (the balance of power between the ruler and the ruled), drawing from economics, has shifted to a much lower level of stability. The reactionary forces in the region, in extolling their military prowess, have never appeared as weak or as fragile. Whilst, on the one hand, think-tanks and international relations experts have called the situation in Bahrain a political ‘impasse’ or a ‘stalemate’, we argue in this book for the need to look more deeply at the changing embodiments of power, the praxis of statecraft, 36 introduction violence, and transgressive resistance.
34 This legacy refers to 1783 conquest of Bahrain by the al-Khalifa family and its tribal allies from the mainland Arabia. To this day, the ruling family in Bahrain, and of course sheikh Hamad himself, refer to that conquest as the basis for establishing the legitimacy of their dynastic rule. I am not talking here about few symbolic signifiers of this legacy such as titles or demeanours. No. The legacy of conquest is to be found in the real world of politics and business. It is to be found the daily experience that any al-Khalifa person whether senior in rank and age or not, is above the law.
V. 41 What has emerged in Bahrain is essentially a kleptocratic ethnocracy, where one ethnic group, the Sunni Al Khalifa, has captured the instruments of state in order to protect their position of material and political privilege. As a result of this, a system of domination is reproduced through social, political, and legal institutions that reflect the ‘norms, values and interests of the dominant ethnic group’,42 the Al Khalifa ‘tribe’. Despite representing under 5,000 members, the ruling family has historically appropriated a third of economic wealth, a third of all key political positions,43 and over a third of the land mass of Bahrain.