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  1. The India Office Private Papers

    ... Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The India Office Private Papers offer a personal perspective on military, political, social and economic history over the period 1750–1947; in their private correspondence and diaries, people ...

  2. Births, Marriages, Deaths: Bahrain’s ‘Order in Council’ in Action

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Bahrain’s Order in Council gave the Political Agent the power to, on one hand, issue birth certificates, and on the other, to rule on capital punishment for convicted criminals. What links the birth, ...

  3. Emir Faisal’s Diplomatic Mission and Britain’s Reluctance to Invest in Saudi Oil in 1932

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Ibn Saud’s quest for recognition of his Arabian Kingdom, and how British Government officials turned their backs on the largest reserves of crude oil in the world. In the spring of 1932, on the eve of ...

  4. Important Work: The British 1820 Survey that Charted the Gulf for the First Time

    ... Magdalena Peszko Map Curator, British Library Until the 19th century, European powers considered much of the Gulf coastline to be hazardous, but the 1820 survey recorded vital details that contributed to later British involvement in the region. Until the ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Country Profile: Bahrain

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Bahrain, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago nation in the Gulf, situated off the ...

  7. Gwadar: the Sultan’s Possession

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library Gwadar was an enclave of the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman for nearly 200 years, but records show that while the Sultans were reluctant to lose sovereignty over the territory, they were nevertheless open ...

  8. Country Profile: Saudi Arabia

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Saudi Arabia, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the second largest Arab state in the worl ...

  9. A Considerable Fortune: The Wealth, and Death, of Sheikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī

    ... Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library At the time of Sheikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī’s death in 1913, his great wealth was revealed to the British in intelligence reports sent by Yūsuf bin Aḥmad Kanoo. On 12 July 1 ...

  10. A Close Relationship: Britain and Oman since 1750

    ... Dr Francis Owtram Gulf History Specialist, British Library Played out against Oman’s imposing geographical position, the British relationship with Oman has changed from that of allies against common foe, through informal British imperial influence to an i ...

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