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  1. Love and Separation in Baghdad: Pesta and Rifi Songs on Shellac Discs

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Pesta and Rifi Songs, which developed in the twentieth century from Iraqi maqam, became more popular because they were recorded on shellac and broadcast throughout Iraq in the mid-century. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Fann Al-Baḥri – The Great Art of the Sea

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer The extremely difficult and elaborate work of sailing ships and boats for pearl-diving and fishing in the Gulf region was essential in giving birth to a group of the most exciting music ...

  4. Galenic Humoral Pathology

    ... Dr Nahyan Fancy Associate Professor of History, DePauw University Common household practices such as consuming hot soups and drinks when one has caught a cold are rooted in humoral medicine, which was the dominant medical paradigm from the time of Galen t ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Scientific Translators and Powerful Patrons

    ... Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library During the first four centuries of Islam, almost all the Greek scientific literature available in manuscripts was translated into Arabic in an effort, centred on Baghdad, known as the ‘tra ...

  7. M. Waris Ali’s ‘Absurd’ Account: A Native Agent and the Riots at Gwadar

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library Murder, suicide, communal riots, racial snobbery and a colourful, much-maligned British Agent caught up in the midst of it all: a record of life in Gwadar 1928–32. In 1929, the British Agent in Gwadar ( ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Hidden Treasures: Reflections on Traditional Music in Kuwait

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Kuwait has maintained a thriving traditional music culture; in particular bahri, or sea music, and ṣawt have remained at the heart of the music scene. Kuwait as a country is difficult to a ...

  10. Country Profile: Oman

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Oman, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The Sultanate of Oman is located on the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peni ...

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