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  1. A Thorn in England’s Side: The Piracy of Mīr Muhannā

    ... John Hayhurst The name Mīr Muhannā is much celebrated in Iran today because he stood up to imperialism and won. The name Mīr Muhannā (d. 1769) is much celebrated in Iran today as a heroic underdog who stood up to imperialism and won. He defeated the Dutch ...

  2. ‘Imperial Boredom’ and Imperial Reading

    ... Daniel A. Lowe A colonial officer named Hickinbotham illustrates the everyday boredom of administrating the Empire with his practical jokes and escapist reading list. The British biographical publication Who’s Who of 1942 records that Edward Wakefield and ...

  3. Charles Belgrave – The Adviser

    ... Louis Allday For over thirty years, Charles Belgrave was an immensely powerful figure in Bahrain who played an instrumental role in its development but by 1957 he had become so unpopular he was forced to leave and never set foot in the country again. For ...

  4. German Interests in the Gulf’s Pearling Industry

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Germany’s desire for ‘a place in the sun’ saw her challenge Britain’s commercial dominance in the Gulf in the early years of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, after three decades of unprecedented growth, Germa ...

  5. Scientific Translators and Powerful Patrons

    ... Bink Hallum During the first four centuries of Islam, almost all the Greek scientific literature available in manuscripts was translated into Arabic in an effort, centred on Baghdad, known as the ‘translation movement’. During the first four centuries of ...

  6. A Nineteenth-Century Approach to the Conservation of Government Records

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Not only did the Asian subcontinent’s hot and humid climate present a significant threat to the health of British administrators, but it also presented new challenges to their business of recordkeeping. Many files in the British Library’s In ...

  7. The Qatar Oil Concession Ushers in a New Era for British Relations with Doha

    ... Valentina Mirabella Qatar’s exploratory wells were drilled relatively late, although Major Frank Holmes sought an exploratory lease in 1922. The first license for oil exploration was granted to the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (A.P.O.C.) by the ruler of Qata ...

  8. Country Profile: Bahrain

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Bahrain, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago nation in the Gulf, situated off the ...

  9. Country Profile: Qatar

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Qatar, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Qatar is an Arab emirate situated on a peninsula on the southern coast of the G ...

  10. ‘Islamic Style’ Binding: A Misleading Term Ripe for Further Research

    ... Flavio Marzo ACR ‘Islamic’ and ‘Western’ are terms used to describe different styles of binding but experts agree that much further research is required to create more meaningful categories. ‘Islamic’ and ‘Western’ are terms used to describe different sty ...

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