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  1. A Brief History of the English East India Company 1600–1858

    ... Margaret Makepeace Lead Curator East India Company Records, British Library From its origins as a small London enterprise, the East India Company (EIC) emerged as a powerful commercial and political organisation, whose presence in the Gulf helped shape th ...

  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. When Maritime Protection Is Not Enough: Britain’s Agreement to Protect Qatar’s Borders at Sea and on Land

    ... Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library Although British power in the Gulf was founded on maritime truces with local rulers, in the early 20th century land-based attacks increased, creating the need for new agreements. Before the discover ...

  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. The British in the Gulf: an Overview

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library For a period of over 150 years, from 1820 until its withdrawal in 1971, Britain was dominant in the Gulf, but the nature of British domination evolved from economic influence to pol ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Sir Thomas Reade: The ‘Nincumpoop’ Collector of Arabic Manuscripts

    ... Dr Jo Wright Content Development Curator, British Library How did a fourteenth century illustrated ‘Treatise on the Art of Riding and using the Instruments of War’ end up in the British Library’s Arabic manuscript collection? A ‘Nincumpoop’ of the Napoleo ...

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

    ... Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library 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 Co ...

  9. The Bombay Banking Crisis

    ... Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library In the 1860s, speculation on Indian cotton, followed by failed harvests left Bombay’s banks in crisis and customers struggling to access funds. Lewis Pelly was one such customer. In the early 1860s, the A ...

  10. Thesiger’s Clothes: Empire and Exploration in the Arabian Peninsula

    ... John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library Over several centuries, the close relationship between individual explorers of the Arabian Peninsula and the British Empire was made clear in often unpublished journals and accounts held in the India ...

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