Bahrain by Carol Ann Gillespie, Manufactured by Chelsea House

By Carol Ann Gillespie, Manufactured by Chelsea House

Discusses the geography, background, humans, tradition, economic system, and way forward for Bahrain.

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But the Persian Gulf region was troubled. Pirates constantly sacked ships, and in Bahrain there was constant feuding among the Al-Khalifa family members who were heirs to power. The British became convinced that they needed to get involved to help keep order. In 1820 Bahrain and several other countries in the region signed a “General Treaty of Peace,” which was an attempt to stop the ongoing political conflicts and make the seas safe from piracy. This was the first of many treaties signed with Britain, creating an alliance that would exist until Bahrain’s independence in 1971.

For example, the Indian rupee, their monetary unit, was also the major Bahraini currency, particularly in coastal communities. ” Some good—at least as judged by local standards—came from the isolation. The fact that Bahrain was a backwater gave it a kind of protection from outside cultural influences. People were able to preserve their social, economic, and political systems as well as other aspects of their way of life. They also were able to continue living by traditional Arab tribal customs.

Many of the Baharinah, after settling in Bahrain and giving up their nomadic life, began to work in agriculture—particularly in association with the date-palm industry. Some of them have moved to towns and become prominent merchants. The Al Urayidh family is one such family. Some of its members are prominent in the government today. When the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) started operations in the 1930s, many Baharinah became oil-field workers and migrated to the main towns. The introduction of widespread educational facilities also provided the Baharinah with the means to acquire new skills and move away from their traditional occupations.

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