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RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax

RAQABIYYA, or Neck Tax Granny, chewing a date, transmits her soul, then presses it between the baby girl’s lips. “[They] suffer from the tyranny of their masters more keenly than language can express,” observes Captain Robert Taylor of the East India Companyas he passes … Continue reading

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Will You Catch My Good Side?

The following piece was first published on 4 April 2015 on The Bahrain Debate, which I encourage you to check out. In January 2015, a strange story broke about a group of American students found living in Duraz village in Bahrain. … Continue reading

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Year of the Nationalists, Part 4: The Hidden Intervention

From the Archives is a blog series about Bahrain and its history. The stories told are drawn primarily from the documents, notes and correspondences kept at the British National Archives and India Office archives. Part 3 of Year of the … Continue reading

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