By P. T.H. Unwin

Booklet concerning the middle-eastern kingdom of Bahrain for the realm Bibliograpihical sequence.

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In addition to increasing the demand for power and water, the rapid growth of population has also caused an acute housing shortage in Bahrain. The first major scheme to be undertaken to relieve this pressure was the construction of Isa Town to the south-west of al-Manamah. This new town received its first inhabitants in 1968 and because the Amir Shaikh Isa bin Sulman donated the land and the state provides free public services, residents now only have to repay the costs of house construction. In the early 1980s its population was estimated at 22,000, and it is expected that when Isa Town is completed it will have a total population of about 35,000.

I also remain very grateful to the following people in Bahrain: Helen and John Martin, for providing wonderfully welcome hospitality to a complete stranger; Robert Jarman, for suggestions of often fairly obscure references connected with early travellers in the region; Bill Williams, for providing access to the Bahrain Historical and Archaeological Society's extensive collection of material; Tom Nightingale for references on the flora and fauna of the region; Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Bending of the British Council, for their advice and hospitality; Mr.

Page vii Contents Preface ix Introduction xi The Country And Its People 1 Geography And Geology 17 Travel And Exploration 28 Flora And Fauna 41 Prehistory And Archaeology 48 History 62 Polulation 92 Nationalities And Minorities 94 Language 96 Social Conditions 98 Social Services, Health And Welfare 104 Politics 106 Constitution And Legal System 120 Administration And Local Government 125 Foreign Relations 127 Page viii Economy 149 Finance And Banking 163 Trade 167 Industry 172 Oil Industry 177 Agriculture And Fisheries 188 Transport 191 Employment And Manpower 197 Statistics 202 Environment 204 Education 207 Science And Technology 209 The Arts 212 Sports And Recreation 215 Mass Media 217 Bibliographies 219 Index Of Authors, Titles And Subjects 227 Map Of Bahrain 267 Page ix Preface This bibliography covers a wide range of material published on Bahrain but does not aim to be conclusive or definitively comprehensive, thus not everything that has ever been published in English on Bahrain is mentioned.

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