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  1. Claudius James Rich: Administrator, traveller, author, and collector of manuscripts and antiquities

    Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library The life and death of Claudius James Rich, author of 'Narrative of a Residence in Koordistan' ...


  2. Home and Away: The Itinerant History of the Hawala Arabs

    Dr Ahmed Dailami Arabic Language Specialist, British Library Appearing in files from Bahrain in the 1930s, the terms ‘Holi’ (singular) and ‘Hawala’ ...


  3. The Arabic Translations of Ptolemy's Almagest

    Prof. Paul Kunitzsch Emeritus Professor of Arabic Studies, the University of Munich, Germany Around 150 AD Claudius Ptolemaeus wrote the great handbook ...


  4. Finding Aid: Political (External) Department Records

    Alex Hailey Content Specialist, Archivist, British Library An overview of records on the Qatar Digital Library originating from the Political (External) ...


  5. Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq and the Rise of Arabic as a Language of Science

    Dr Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library In the ninth century, Ḥunayn ibn Ishāq decided to explain Greek terminology, ...


  6. Scientific Translators and Powerful Patrons

    Dr Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library During the first four centuries of Islam, almost all the Greek scientific literature ...


  7. Why Were So Many of the Greek-Arabic Translators Christians?

    Dr Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library An enormous effort was made to translate almost all known Greek literature into ...


  8. The Beginnings of Science in the Islamic World

    Dr Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library When and where did the sciences practised in the Islamic world during the so-called ...


  9. Robots, Musicians and Monsters: The World’s Most Fantastic Clocks

    Dr Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library The peoples of the Islamic world excelled at designing and building water-clocks ...


  10. Skull Measuring, Oil Seepages and Desert Crossings: Bertram Thomas and the Exploration of the Arabian Peninsula

    Dr Francis Owtram Gulf History Specialist, British Library Bertram Thomas completed his historic crossing of the Empty Quarter in 1931, then the largest ...


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