Sunni street mobilization in Bahrain; why did they wake up and what are the consequences?
A seminar with Tora Systad Tyssen, University of Oslo
In the wake of the Shia dominated 14.February 2011 uprising in Bahrain, several Sunni groups mobilized in the streets of the capital Manama. Not only did these groups demand a stronger state reaction against the uprising and stricter security measures like in similar situations previously, but this time they also demanded political reform. For one of the Sunni groups which organized itself, Sahwat al-Fateh, framing was an essential part of its mobilization, and it built its political identity on drawing a line between itself and the government. With this as a point of departure, I will discuss Sunni mobilization and which consequences this might have for Bahrain as a rentier state.
Light refreshments will be served 12.30 - 13.00