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Paradoxes of GreenLandscapes of a City-State$
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Gareth Doherty

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285019

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285019.001.0001

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Two Seas, Many Greens

(p.1) Introduction
Paradoxes of Green

Gareth Doherty

University of California Press

This introductory chapter discusses the urbanism of landscape in Bahrain, specifically relating to the social, technical, and political infrastructures required to construct and maintain landscape in the desert environment. Bahrain's aridity and political and social complexities contribute to its insatiable compulsion for urban greenery. Bahrain's appetite for green is illustrative of an obsession for urban greenery that pervades cities around the world and is simply at an extreme in this particular location. Greenery is also synonymous with the date palms in Bahrain, almost always understood by native Bahrainis to mean the gray-green shades of the groves and other agriculture. The chapter addresses changes in perception and meaning of greenery that is now taking place in Bahrain.

Keywords:   Bahrain, urbanism, landscape, desert environment, greenery, date palms, agriculture

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