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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 Promise of Beige

The Promise of Beige

(p.102) 6 The Promise of Beige
Paradoxes of Green

Gareth Doherty

University of California Press

This chapter examines the promise of green through beige. Desert plants, such as the spiky and leafless shrublet 'Āgūl and Kaff Maryam, turn bright green after the spring rains, temporarily creating a green landscape that is otherwise beige, brown, or silver. This area of greenery that covers the desert excites some Bahrainis that they call it jangily. Furthermore, many desert plants are attributed healing qualities, as evidenced in the Bahraini herbal waters famous for their medicinal properties. Green is present in beige through its promise—a promise often fulfilled and maintained through water.

Keywords:   desert plants, green landscape, spring rains, 'Āgūl, Kaff Maryam, Bahraini herbal waters

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