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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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The Memory of Date Palm Green

The Memory of Date Palm Green

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Paradoxes of Green

Gareth Doherty

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the memory, history, color, and the “urbanism” of the green of the Bahraini date palm. The date palm is the most iconic Bahraini vegetation and one of the main sources of green on the islands. The chapter shows the historical power of green as articulated through the life cycle of the date palm. Green is often considered an antidote to the urban. We only have to think of green parks in dense urban settlements, which can offer relief from the surrounding “asphalt jungle.” However, greenery in desert areas such as Bahrain is an indicator of human settlements, not relief from the same, due to cultivation of the land through agriculture, orchards, and gardens.

Keywords:   date palm, Bahraini vegetation, urbanism, greenery, human settlements, Bahrain

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