Madani, Abdullah al-

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Journalist and member of both the Constitutional Assembly and the National Assembly in Bahrain.

A religiously trained Shiʿite, Abdullah al-Madani represented a rural district in Bahrain. He was elected to the Constitutional Assembly in 1972 and 1973. In both assemblies, he was the leader of the conservative (Shiʿa) religious blocthe other two blocs being the bourgeois nationalists and the reformists (leftists). During his service, he started a weekly magazine, al-Mawaqif, which he edited and published. He was conservative on social-Islamic issues but liberal on political issues. His editorials in al-Mawaqif probably made him some enemies; he was assassinated in the late 1970s.

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Nakhleh, Emile A. Bahrain: Political Development in a Modernizing Society. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1976.

emile a. nakhleh