A student sent me the questions below in order to complete his research on Bahrain. I will answer him in due time, how would you go about answering them? Let me know…
1. How did you perceive the 2011 uprising in Bahrain? Were you surprised that it took place or did you expect the protests and violence to erupt regarding Bahraini history?
2.Would you define the conflict in Bahrain as intractable or as periodic since there have been cycles of violence since colonial time (i.e. 1954, 1965, 1972, 1980, 1994-’99)?
3. To what extent do you perceive these acts of destruction as relevant/significant or as a perpetuation for the current conflict situation?
4. Regarding the social construction of reality: do you belief this act of destruction is relevant to the people affected by it, whether or not intent or perpetrators are demonstrated officially?
5. Do you feel there is a spatial component in the existing grievances within Bahraini society? If so, which?
6. In academic theory, the act of destruction as a form of political violence is sometimes brought down to a materialization of power relations. Regarding the case study of Bahrain,
do you feel that this spatial dimension of the uprising perpetuated the sectarian divide or the state-society divide?
7. The destruction was labeled as badly timed, but mostly carried out legally, by the BICI report. Do you agree on this conclusion or do you belief the destruction was carried out purposefully and should be contextualized according to the history of existing discrimination and political violence violence against the Shi’a community?
8. What stands out for you regarding the Bahrain uprising and how do you expect the conflict to evolve in the upcoming time?
If interested, I will send him the most serious answers. So make sure you state if you want your answers to be sent.