This is my Bahrain [Audio/Video]

9 Mar, '11

A while ago a friend compiled this mix of various Bahrainis reflecting on what makes this place their Bahrain. I was one of those. My words were taken from a short video I’ve done regarding the planned demolition of some ancient burial mounds. I like the result. I hope you like it too:

[audio:ThisIsMyBahrain.mp3]

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and this is the film from which the audio was sourced.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful day Bahrain.

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  1. Herman says:

    Wel made video, There is so much wasted land that could be used for housing, if only people would stop running jeeps over them and stop littering in these places, it could be a nice tourist attraction and educational spot for schools to take children to teach them about the history of Bahrain

  2. Emma says:

    Instead off endless new towns, I’d like to see the old central parts of Manama restored. And there should be a programme to renew and rebuild Bahrain’s villages so that existing communities can be maintained.

  3. Joe says:

    Interesting video Mahmood.
    We’ve got a similar burial mound in Orkney, Scotland ( Maeshowe)..

    http://www.orkneypics.com/webpage/page/page053.html

    It was given UNESCO World heritage site status and is now protected. Maybe you could folow that route ?
    The mound is only ever illuminated by the sun once a year on the 21st Dec ( winter solstice) The entrance is tiny but lines up with the sun perfectly for a few minutes once a year. It’s a popular tourist attraction and generates a lot of income for the small islands of Orkney

  4. milter says:

    That video brings back memories of the 11 good years I spent in Bahrain. And, it reminds me of how those years opened my eyes to other cultures and religions. Thanks!

    You talk about heritage, religion, history, national identity, tribal belonging, identity, etc. Yes, they all are parts of what makes up the collective conscience of a country. All in all it contributes to what you could call “the culture” of a country.

    UNESCO has phrased it like this: “Religious beliefs have a strong influence on the culture of a community” :

    http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/TLSF/theme_c/mod10/uncom10t01.htm

    Ideas and values, present or past, must be challenged continiously and honestly if you don’t want them to go rigid.

    And that includes, in particular, accepting, admitting, publishing and debating openly, without fear, the failures of established truths, and that no ideology can claim to have the unalterable truth for all people for all times.

    It may be a painful and turbulant process, but, it’s the only way forward.

  5. milter says:

    A correction to 9th March, 22:53.

    The words “collective conscience” make better sence with these words “Collective consciousness”.

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