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  1. Skull Measuring, Oil Seepages and Desert Crossings: Bertram Thomas and the Exploration of the Arabian Peninsula

    Dr Francis Owtram Gulf History Specialist, British Library Bertram Thomas completed his historic crossing of the Empty Quarter in 1931, then the largest ...


  2. The Singing Sailor, Salim Rashid Suri: A Ṣawt Musician from Oman

    Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Salim Rashid Suri, an Omani ṣawt singer and oud player became famous as the ‘singing ...


  3. Finding Aid: Political (External) Department Records

    Alex Hailey An overview of records on the Qatar Digital Library originating from the Political (External) Department (IOR/L/PS/12), including a description ...


  4. The Shaikh who lost his Shaikhdom, Khaz’al al-Ka‘bī of Mohammerah

    Louis Allday The life and times of Shaikh Khaz’al bin Jābir bin Mirdāw al-Ka‘bī (1861-1936), the Emir of Mohammerah and chief of the Banu Ka’b ...


  5. Menelaus’ Spherics

    Dr Nathan Sidoli Mathematicians in medieval Islamic societies were the first to grasp the real significance of Menelaus’ Spherics. They followed Menelaus’ ...


  6. Competing Theories of Spherical Trigonometry

    Dr Nathan Sidoli In the medieval and early modern periods, the same group of individuals who developed new mathematical methods and theories were often ...


  7. Translating a Work of Higher Mathematics

    Dr Nathan Sidoli During the early ʿAbbāsid period (ninth century CE), a diverse group of scholars collaborated on the long-term project of translating ...


  8. ʽAbd al-Raḥmān al-Ṣūfī and the Revision of Ptolemy’s Star Catalogue

    Prof. Julio Samso In AD 137, Ptolemy compiled a catalogue of forty-eight constellations containing 1022 stars. ʽAbd al-Raḥmān al-Ṣūfī revised ...


  9. Arabic Commentators on Ptolemy's Almagest

    Dr María José Parra Pérez- Independent Researcher Among pre-modern Arabic scholars, the Almagest was generally regarded as the most authoritative work ...


  10. The Latin Reception of the Arabic Tradition of the Almagest

    Dr Dirk Grupe Ptolemaic astronomy became known in mediaeval Europe mainly through translations from Arabic. Latin translations of the Almagest reflect ...


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