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  1. 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 ...

  2. Country Profile: Kuwait

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Kuwait, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The State of Kuwait is an Emirate situated in the north-east of the Arabian Pe ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Kuwait’s Majlis Movement: National and Regional Developments Brought into Focus

    ... John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library The movement for political reform in Kuwait in 1938 signified change in the region and highlights the country’s – and Britain’s – response to the ideas and forces that delivered it. On 19 March 1938, ...

  5. Replication of an Eighteenth Century Manuscript Binding

    ... Flavio Marzo ACR Conservation Studio Manager, British Library Six videos demonstrating the replication of a specific eighteenth-century manuscript's binding by the British Library's conservator, Flavio Marzo. The parts of the video demonstrate t ...

  6. Diplomacy, Disease and Death: A Story of Georgian Slaves in the Gulf

    ... Toynbee (fl. 1879-80). WD1348/27, ‎f. 1r En route along the Arabian coast, the second Georgian woman fell ...

  7. Love and Separation in Baghdad: Pesta and Rifi Songs on Shellac Discs

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Pesta and Rifi Songs, which developed in the twentieth century from Iraqi maqam, became more popular because they were recorded on shellac and broadcast throughout Iraq in the mid-century. ...

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

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library 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 recordkeepin ...

  9. Modernity meets Tradition: Reflections on Traditional Music in Qatar

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Though nowadays Qatar is well-known for its immense natural oil and gas reserves and the rapid modernisation of society, it has a rich heritage of music and dance intimately related to pea ...

  10. The Indigo Trade in the Gulf in the Nineteenth Century

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library The shipwreck in 1852 of a merchant vessel off the Oman coast, led to the plunder and loss of enough indigo to supply the entire Gulf region for a year. Human civilisation has manufactured and traded ...

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