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Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones
New Texts Out Now: Ala'a Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf
Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones, editors, Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf. London: Zed Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Alaʾa Shehabi and Marc Owen Jones (AS & MOJ): Bahrain is small, but significant. Sadly though, it is often overlooked when it comes to writing on the region. We wanted to address the relative gap in the literature on Bahrain, and write a book that analyzed the recent uprising from ...Keep Reading »
Alaʾa Shehabi is a Bahraini writer and researcher. She is a co-founder of Bahrain Watch, an NGO that advocates for accountability and social justice in Bahrain. She has a PhD in economics from Imperial College London and studied at University College London and Warwick University. She previously worked as a policy analyst at RAND Corporation and as a lecturer at the Bahraini Institute for Banking and Finance during the 2011 uprising. Her husband was imprisoned during that period and she visited the prisons and military court in the country. She appears in the media and has written for the Guardian, Al Jazeera, Jadaliyya, openDemocracy, and Foreign Policy. He has also held a visiting position at Lund University and a fellowship at the Arab Council for Social Sciences. She is the co-editor of Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf (Zed, 2015).
Marc Owen Jones is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tubingen in Germany, where he will remain until September 2016 when he takes up a position at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a PhD in Middle East Studies from Durham University. In addition to teaching Middle East politics, he is a member of the advocacy group NGO Bahrain Watch and writes a blog on Bahrain. He spent most of his formative life in Bahrain and has worked and studied in both Sudan and Syria. Since completing his MSc in Arabic and Arab World Studies, Marc has written a number of academic pieces on Bahrain, from topics as diverse as policing history, to democratic transition. He has also written for outlets such as CNN, openDemocracy, Index on Censorship, Muftah, Your Middle East, and Middle East Eye. He is also a regular contributor to the Economist Intelligence Unit and has written academic articles on various topics related to Bahrain, including social media, satire, and diplomacy. In 2011, he helped to expose fake journalist Liliane Khalil and appeared on Al Jazeera and France 24 to discuss how PR companies are using such figures to spread government propaganda. He is the co-editor of Bahrain's Uprising: Resistance and Repression in the Gulf (Zed, 2015).