Saturday, June 29, 2013
Royal Factionalism, the Khawalid, and the Securitization of ‘the Shīʿa Problem’ in Bahrain
At long last, my article "Royal Factionalism, the Khawalid, and the Securitization of ‘the Shī'a Problem’ in Bahrain" has finally been published in the Journal of Arabian Studies. Beyond chronicling the history and rise of the Khawalid faction of the Al Khalifa, it advances a number of new arguments. The most important of these is that the standard dichotomy, in which the group is positioned as the ideological nemesis of the "moderate" and reformist King Hamad, is disproven by the historical record. For the latter demonstrates that the Khawalid, far from a group that has somehow commandeered the state from a well-intentioned king, in fact was actively empowered by the new Bahraini monarch following his surprise succession in 1999, as a powerful weapon with which to challenge the entrenched political position of Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman. I won't make the entire argument here, so for those interested please do see the article.
Update: Some industrious fellow(s) at the Bahrain Mirror has begun translating the entire article into Arabic (in five parts). It even comes with a nice banner ad:
Posted by Justin Gengler at 8:50 PM