Fatwas and politics in Bahrain:exploring the post 2011 context

Alrasheed, R. and Mabon, S. (2021) Fatwas and politics in Bahrain:exploring the post 2011 context. Middle Eastern Studies, 57 (1). pp. 151-165.

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Religious discourse has a fundamental impact on sectarian violence, stability and sovereignty across the Gulf region. Amidst an increasingly volatile political and social situation, fatwas serve as a prominent factor in the behaviour and beliefs of individuals and groups across the Gulf. Fatwas have long been a source of great interest in religious studies and international law yet very little work has been undertaken in politics. This article aims to analyse the impact of fatwas from Shiʿi and Sunni clerics in the promotion of sectarian violence across Bahrain in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings. In this article, it will be argued that religious discourse has a significant impact in determining the nature of the political relationship between the components of society in Bahrain. We argue that fatwas serve a key role in regulating life across the island and, in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings, in facilitating sectarian violence. © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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