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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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How Green Can Become Red

How Green Can Become Red

(p.60) 3 How Green Can Become Red
Paradoxes of Green

Gareth Doherty

University of California Press

This chapter talks about the significance of red (the Bahraini national color) and green (color of Islam). In Bahrain, as well as Iran, green and red are highly politicized colors. Red is often a substitute for green, as seen in the distaste for green shown by some Bahraini Sunnis. Green is associated with the Shi'a, and by extension, it has become a color of resistance to the Sunni-led state. Through a selection of vignettes, including “Ashura,” the religious festival, the chapter discusses how red can be green and sets up a dialogue between red and green.

Keywords:   Bahrain, national color, Islam, Bahraini Sunnis, Shi'a, Ashura

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