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Title: Narratives of a nation : excluded episodes in Bahrain's contemporary history
Author: Al Khalifa, Muneera
ISNI:       0000 0004 6063 3678
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2015
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In this research, I aim to present a narrative of the process of nation building in Bahrain - to further analyze it, interrogate it, and capture an aspect of its complexity. By focusing on the years following Bahrain's independence from Britain in 1971, I examine the period in which a constitution was introduced and a short-lived parliament was dissolved after two years of operation. The hypothesis underlying this thesis project is that the dominant historical account, which is provided and sponsored by the government, does not mirror the historical narratives of the various Bahraini communities. The central argument is advanced by examining the state sponsored public articulations of identity, which portray a continuum of exclusions by omitting significant historical episodes. By consulting archival material, oral narratives, and secondary sources, I aim to question the official historical narrative and show the polarized versions of history that can occur when such exclusions take place.
Supervisor: Rogan, Eugene ; Chatty, Dawn Sponsor: Clarendon Scholarship
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Nation-building--Bahrain ; Bahrain--History ; Bahrain--Economic conditions--20th century ; Bahrain--Social conditions--20th century ; Bahrain--Politics and government--20th century