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  1. How the American Civil War Caused a Boom in Cotton in Persia

    ... Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library During the American Civil War (1861–65) cotton supplies to Britain’s textile mills dwindled, causing a boom in production elsewhere in the Empire. In the 1860s, cotton was a key import, supplying Britain’ ...

  2. Medieval Arabic Formularies: Compounds and Simples

    ... Dr Leigh Chipman Independent Scholar, Specialist in the History of Medicine The words camphor, lemon, syrup and tamarind all derive from Arabic formularies – books in which Arabic-speaking physicians and pharmacists preserved and adapted the knowledge of ...

  3. The India Office: The Government, in London, of British India

    ... Antonia Moon Lead Curator Post-1858 India Office Records, British Library A government department unique in its scope and power, the India Office had a profound impact on the history of the Gulf. Following the Indian Uprisings of 1857–58, the administrati ...

  4. German Interests in the Gulf’s Pearling Industry

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

  5. 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 ...

  6. Colonial Knowledge: Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia

    ... Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library J. G. Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia has long been used as a central source for the study of the region. Yet, it is essential to understand the c ...

  7. The Emergence of Qatar: Pelly’s Role in Britain’s 1868 Recognition of the State

    ... Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library Sir Lewis Pelly is a key figure in the history of the Gulf who, in his role as Political Resident, was Britain’s senior official in the region from 1862 to 1873. He holds particular importance for Qatar d ...

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

    ... Flavio Marzo ACR Conservation Studio Manager, British Library ‘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 ‘West ...

  9. U.S. Propaganda in Post-WWII Bahrain

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library In the immediate post-WWII period, despite British opposition, the U.S. sought to increase its influence in the Gulf by distributing propagandistic material in Arabic. In January 19 ...

  10. 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 ...

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