This chapter examines the development of the novel in Bahrain. It first provides an overview of the beginnings of the literary movement in Bahrain, noting the role played by the press in the development of modern Bahraini literature, particularly prose genres. It then looks at the first generation of Bahraini authors, including Muḥammad ‘Abd al-Malik, who began publishing short stories in 1966, and ‘Abd Allah Khalīfa, whose early fiction contains realistic representations of life centered on the sea. The chapter also discusses a number of Bahraini novels written by the second generation of Bahraini authors, including Walīd Hāshim, Fatḥiyya Nā ṣir, and Aḥmad al-Mu’adhdhin.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Arab Novelistic Traditions
EditorsWaïl S Hassan
PublisherOxford University Press
StatePublished - 2017


  • Bahrain
  • Aḥmad al-Mu’adhdhin
  • short stories
  • Muḥammad ‘Abd al-Malik
  • Bahraini authors
  • prose
  • Bahraini literature
  • press
  • literary movement
  • novel


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