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  1. Profile: British Baluchistan and Makran

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Baluchistan and Makran, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Baluchistan (or Balochistan) is a historic region of the Asian ...

  2. The India Office Records

    ... Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The vast archive known as the India Office Records, occupying approximately nine miles of shelving in the British Library, contains the documents created or received in London by three organis ...

  3. M. Waris Ali’s ‘Absurd’ Account: A Native Agent and the Riots at Gwadar

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library Murder, suicide, communal riots, racial snobbery and a colourful, much-maligned British Agent caught up in the midst of it all: a record of life in Gwadar 1928–32. In 1929, the British Agent in Gwadar ( ...

  4. Khidma: Britain’s Pragmatic Approach to Justice in the Gulf

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library Papers highlighting a difference in 1915 between Western and Arab interpretations of judicial procedure in Bahrain may not be representative of the history of Britain’s jurisdiction in the Gulf as a who ...

  5. Births, Marriages, Deaths: Bahrain’s ‘Order in Council’ in Action

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Bahrain’s Order in Council gave the Political Agent the power to, on one hand, issue birth certificates, and on the other, to rule on capital punishment for convicted criminals. What links the birth, ...

  6. Sir Thomas Reade: The ‘Nincumpoop’ Collector of Arabic Manuscripts

    ... Dr Jo Wright Content Development Curator, British Library How did a fourteenth century illustrated ‘Treatise on the Art of Riding and using the Instruments of War’ end up in the British Library’s Arabic manuscript collection? A ‘Nincumpoop’ of the Napoleo ...

  7. Country Profile: United Arab Emirates

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and United Arab Emirates, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Originally known as sahil oman (coast of Oman) the area on the s ...

  8. London to Basra in Twenty-Two Days

    ... Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library In a pre-internet age of slow-travelling news, just how could a message be sent from London to Basra in 22 days? On 20 June 1814, a message received from London was forwarded with urgency by the Ass ...

  9. Between Freedom and Slavery: The Employment of Runaway Slaves in the Indian Navy

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Former slaves employed in the Indian Navy’s crews in the mid-19th century often exploited the itinerant existence of naval vessels to escape servitude. Aquatint of a view of Bombay Harbour, 1804. X 43 ...

  10. British Government Resist Modernisation of the Pearling Industry

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Britain’s decision to prohibit the use of modern diving suits and cultured pearls on the Gulf’s pearl banks was intended to preserve the region’s pearling industry, yet ultimately contributed to its s ...

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