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  1. Journey through Afghanistan, 1860

    ... of this journal remain: the original, which was written by Pelly en route, and two ‘fair copies’. The first ... Government. His journal contains rich and fascinating descriptions of his experiences en route and includes ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. George Barnes Brucks and the First English Survey of the Gulf

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library George Barnes Brucks was the first Englishman to survey the Gulf’s coasts in the 1820s. But while Brucks’s charts were quickly replaced by more accurate maps, his writings offer fascinating historic i ...

  4. Charles Belgrave – The Adviser

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library For over thirty years, Charles Belgrave was an immensely powerful figure in Bahrain who played an instrumental role in its development but by 1957 he had become so unpopular he was ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. ‘For the Sake of Freedom’: British World War II Propaganda Posters in Arabic

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library An unassuming financial file that forms part of the India Office Records contains an unexpected example of British, Arabic-language propaganda. An unassuming financial file that for ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Modernity meets Tradition: Reflections on Traditional Music in Qatar

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Though nowadays Qatar is well-known for its immense natural oil and gas reserves and the rapid modernisation of society, it has a rich heritage of music and dance intimately related to pea ...

  9. Interlocking Patterns Meet Arabic Poetry: Musical Genres in the Upper Gulf Region

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer The people of the upper Gulf coast have created a rich and multifaceted musical culture. Unfortunately, these musical genres are hardly known outside this region and there is a risk that ...

  10. Britain’s ‘interest’ in Bahrain

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library A candid exchange between British officials in the 1920s reveals the extent to which Britain had intervened in Bahrain in its own interest. In December 1926, a letter from the Briti ...

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