This massive compilation provides a complete picture of Bahrain with over 400 pages of up-to-date information, featuring professional analysis and background data about the nation and its leadership. There is coverage of the government, military, human and religious rights, terrorism, oil and energy resources, exports and business information, statistics on all facets of Bahraini life, State Department travel related information, the Bahrain Free Trade Agreement, and much more. The U.S. response to the February 2011 protests and crackdown is included; extensive histories put the current situation into perspective. There is material from many agencies of the American government, including the experts at the Federal Research Division. Bahrain country background data provides data on key parameters, people and history, industry, natural resources, U.S.- Bahrain relations, travel and business information, and more. The Library of Congress Federal Research Division Country Study is an exceptional review of Bahrain and its history. Books in the Country Studies series describe and analyze "political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examin[e] the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. The authors seek to provide a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic rather than a static portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values." Contents include: Historical Setting, Trade in the Gulf, The Gulf in the Ancient World, Early Development of Islam, Sunni Islam, Shia Islam, The Spread of Islam, The Gulf in the Middle Ages, The Age of Colonialism, Wahhabi Islam and the Gulf, Treaties with the British, Discovery of Oil, Independence, Developments Since Independence, Tribal Nature of Gulf Society, Bahrain Geography, Society, Economy, Transportation and Telecommunications, Government and Politics, National Security, Bahrain -- Geography and Population, Geography, Climate, Population, Bahrain -- Society, Education, Health and Welfare, Bahrain -- The Economy, Agriculture and Fishing, Petroleum Industry, Other Industry, Labor, Transportation and Telecommunications, Banking and Finance, Budget, Foreign Trade and the Balance of Payments, Bahrain -- Government and Politics, The Constitutional Experiment, Legal System, The Media, Bahrain -- Foreign Relations * This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management.
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