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Chapter 4 explores spatialized embodied and sectarian dynamics in Bahrain’s 14 February Revolution, also known as the Pearl Revolution, which began in 2011. Based on interviews and examination of primary source documents and visual materials, it argues that gendered, sexualized, and racializing dynamics worked through each other in a sex-sect-police nexus as long-standing conflict between the majority of citizens and the Khalifa rulers intensified. The chapter demonstrates how the Pearl Revolution ruptured the gendered arrangements of bodies and voices in space and triggered sexualization as a racializing state technique. The Pearl Revolution led to a rise in women-led confrontational street politics not necessarily authorized by Bahraini opposition men. This produced sublimated tensions not captured by images of orderly gender-segregated marches.

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