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  1. 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 ...


  2. 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 ...


  3. Menelaus’ Spherics

    Dr Nathan Sidoli Associate Professor, Waseda University, Japan Mathematicians in medieval Islamic societies were the first to grasp the real significance ...


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

    Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library The life and times of Shaikh Khaz’al bin Jābir bin Mirdāw al-Ka‘bī (1861-1936), ...


  5. 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 ...


  6. 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 ...


  7. 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 ...


  8. 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 ...


  9. Arabic Scientific Tradition

    Dr Nahyan Fancy For eight hundred years, the Arabic scientific tradition was superior to that found in western Eurasia. It gave birth to new theories ...


  10. Performing Authority: the ‘Islamic’ Seals of British Colonial Officers

    Daniel A. Lowe Cultural appropriation was as much a part of empire as military force. The use of ‘Islamic’ seals by British colonial officials is ...


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