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Open secrets

in An Invitation to Laughter

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780226434766
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226434759 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226434759.003.0012
Open secrets

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The author loved Bahrain and its people and wanted to write a book on the country that would express his affection without compromising his professionalism. Many of the people he had interviewed were euphoric about achieving independence but deeply concerned with the conduct of the new, small state. The author was convinced that his account of Bahrain's history—replete with pearls, piracy, and oil—and its emergence as a modern state would appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. In 1980, the University of Chicago Press published the book entitled Tribe and State in Bahrain: The Transformation of Social and Political Authority in an Arab State. Encouraged by good reviews of the English edition, the author decided to publish the book in Arabic. The Arabic edition, which appeared in 1983, was banned in Bahrain but sold well to Bahrainis who managed to purchase it in London, Paris, Beirut, Geneva, or Kuwait. The banning of the Arabic edition of the author's book on Bahrain set a precedent. Many of his subsequent books and articles in Arabic were also banned.

Keywords: Bahrain; history; University of Chicago Press; Tribe and State in Bahrain; banning; books; Arabic

Chapter.  2791 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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