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Photo Documentary Bahrain

The Day of Ashura, Bahrain

Between Spring 2008 and summer 2011 I taught design and chaired the Fine Arts and Computer Graphics program at New York Institute of Technology in Manama, Bahrain.  In November or December every year the Shi’a Muslims would organize parades to commemorate the Death of the grandson of Muhammad, Hussein.  Hussein’s death at the hands of soldiers of the Muslim Caliph in Syria represented the conflict between over the issue of how authority to rule should be passed on. The group who became the Shi’a branch of Islam believed it should be through the blood lines of the founder, Muhammad. The group who evolved into the Sunni branch of Islam believed it should be through the political lines of royal authority.  This difference continues to represent a significant divide within Islam.

Sunni Islam controls most of the governments of the Islamic world, with the exceptions being Iran and very likely Iraq after power is re-distributed there.  Shi’a Muslims look to their Imams to receive divine guidance which is beyond dispute and which guides the religious and political regions under their control. Sunni Muslims tend to look to the Koran as a finished document to guide Sharia law. Both Islamic groups have their more moderate factions as well as their radical factions. For Sunni Islam, the Wahhabis and  Al Qaeda form their radical wing, for the Shi’a, the Hezbollah. An excellent book to elaborate on these issues is The Shia Revival, by Vali Nasr.

A short video of composite clips from several parades on Dec. 14, 2010 is posted at my Youtube account here, The Day of Ashura video.

 

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documentary photos of Ashura parade and misc in Bahrain
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  • Day of Ashura Parade documentary

    Selected photos in exhibit, 'Expressions of Belief'
    UV Inkjet reverse printed on acrylic panels
    Fulbright Gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine, June 2012
  • Waiting Crowd in Sunabis

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade, Dec. 2010, Bahrain
  • Convoy to Karbala Pagaent, Ashura Parade

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade, Dec. 2010, Bahrain
  • Hussein's Death at Battle of Karbala, 680 CE/AD

    By local painter, Digital photo, Day of Ashura, Dec. 2010, Bahrain
  • Convoy to Karbala, Day of Ashura parade

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Dec. 2010, Sunabis, Bahrain
  • Convoy to Karbala, Family of Hussein as Prisoners

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Sunabis, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Day of Ashura parade, girl dressed as Zaynab

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Sunabis, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Crowd Waiting for Ashura parade

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Sunabis, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • 'The Elevation of the Word', Tenets of Hussein and Shi'a Islam

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Sunabis, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Ritual Flagellation

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Sunabis, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Ashura Pageant Flags

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Sunabis, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Shi'a Mosque, Manama

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Day of Ashura Parade

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Group Chant

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Water Stand

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Ritual Mourning

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Ritual Mourning; Blood-letting

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Ceremonial Swords and Blood

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Manama, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
  • Martyrs and Tyrants Sign

    Digital photo, Day of Ashura parade
    Sunabis, Bahrain, Dec. 2010
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One Response to Photo Documentary Bahrain

  1. Leo January 28, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    If you’re interested, there’s a link above to a composite video posted on YouTube, that combines clips from several Ashura parades in and around Manama, Bahrain. The sound track helps you understand a bit better, the total experience of being there. LK

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