About the Webinar

For centuries, crossing the waters between the port towns of the Gulf was a fundamental aspect of everyday life in the region. On a daily basis, small dhows redistributed goods from all around the western Indian Ocean up and down the Gulf shores. In each town there were diverse groups of merchants and migrants—some permanent, some seasonal, and some just passing through. This talk will discuss some of the ways that economic and political transformations of the early 20th century changed the meaning of itinerancy in the Gulf. It will look specifically at the position of Iranians in Bahrain to explore the unfolding of new conceptions of space, identity, and belonging. The Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies, Iranian Studies Unit, in partnership with Arab Center Washington DC have organized this lecture.

About the speaker


Lindsey Stephenson Is the curator and co-producer of the Indian Ocean Series podcast with the Ajam Media Collective. She will join the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton University in September as a postdoctoral fellow. Lindsey is a historian of the Middle East and Western Indian Ocean working at the intersection of law, space, and material culture. Broadly her work focuses on the transformation of Gulf society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is invested in uncovering stories of pre-oil life and documenting the ways in which the Gulf shifted away from the Indian Ocean and towards a nationally conceived Middle East.


* featured image credit: Bushehr Shenasi Archive