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  1. The India Office Private Papers

    ... Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The India Office Private Papers offer a personal perspective on military, political, social and economic history over the period 1750–1947; in their private correspondence and diaries, people ...

  2. Dusty Streets and Hot Music in Baghdad: Iraqi Maqam Music and Chalgi Ensembles

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Kept alive until today by a very small number of chalgi Baghdad ensembles and through remaining shellac recordings, Iraqi maqam is a sophisticated musical genre from urban Iraq that develo ...

  3. An Earl, a Collection and a Gun: the Curious Provenance of a British Library Manuscript

    ... Dr Jo Wright Content Development Curator, British Library How did an illustrated Arabic manuscript on the Art of War come into the possession of an illegitimate son of a King; his extraordinary and ultimately tragic life leading to its acquisition by the ...

  4. Country Profile: Oman

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Oman, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The Sultanate of Oman is located on the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peni ...

  5. Bahrain’s Economy: Buffeted between Pearls and Oil

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library With pearling in decline and oil exploitation on hold, what drove Bahrain’s economy between the World Wars? By the 1920s, the ancient trade in pearls, though still the foundation of the economy of Bahra ...

  6. ‘Persian Gulf Tragedy’: the Death and Legacy of John Gordon Lorimer

    ... Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library The untimely death of John Gordon Lorimer, acting Resident in the Persian Gulf 1913–14, was seen as a tragedy. Yet, his legacy – in the form of his Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, ...

  7. Air Crashes in the Gulf during the Second World War

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Britain and its Allies maintained supremacy over the Gulf’s airspace during the Second World War, but mechanical failure could quickly turn the tables, making crewmen dependent on the region’s local p ...

  8. History of the India Office Records and Private Papers

    ... Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The vast trove of material held at the British Library that pertains to Britain’s Colonial exploits owe their present organisation in part to the early acknowledgement by officials in the EIC ...

  9. Nazi Propaganda in Sharjah during World War II

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library Sharjah 1940, and Nazi radio broadcasts in Arabic filled the air, stirring pro-German sentiment amongst the town’s inhabitants – and provoking consternation amongst British official ...

  10. Sea meets Desert: Reflections on Traditional Music in Oman

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library In the Sultanate of Oman, traditional music, poetry and dance are still part and parcel of everyday life and national celebrations alike. From 9 February to 3 March 2014, I conducted resea ...

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