Talk by MENA Prison Forum & UMAM D&R
Bahrain's Carceral System
A Conversation with Abbass Al-Morshid
المسألة السجنية في البحرين

حديث مع عباس المرشد
September 22, 2022 @ Via Zoom

The MENA Prison Forum is pleased to host a discussion of its recently published log, Bahrain’s Carceral System: From Fidawiya to Death Politics, by Bahraini human rights activist Abbass Al-Morshid. The session will be held in the presence of the author and moderated by Mina Ibrahim. 

Time: Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 8 pm Beirut and Manama time.

Language: Arabic with English Translation. The subsequent discussion will be both in Arabic and English.

Deadline for registration: Wednesday, September 21, 2022 by 11:59 Beirut time.

Abbass Al-Morshid, a Bahraini human rights activist presents a cursive introduction to the evolution of the carceral system in Bahrain. He focuses on the genesis of “political prisoners” in Bahrain as interlinked with the rise of “politics” as Bahrain instituted itself as a state centered around “public order” in the 1920s. He also focuses on the transformation of the Fidawiya, the traditional security organization under the personal command of individual rules, to the modern system of a political apparatus managed under state institutions. 

Al-Morshid’s work places the transformation of the Bahraini carceral system as part of similar transformations that occurred around the Mashreq and Maghreb under colonial rule and throughout state-forming processes. However, he calls out the fact that Bahrain’s case remains unique due to the rapid transformation it underwent, rendering the Bahraini carceral system exemplary in its own right.