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  1. Oil for Military Protection between the Wars: Qatar’s Request for Weapons and the British Response

    Valentina Mirabella By offering military protection to Qatar, the British tried to ensure access to Qatari oil in the run-up to the Second World War. ...


  2. Invisible Ink: Intercepting Post in Second World War

    Daniel A. Lowe During WWII, secret instructions for the interception of post passing through the Gulf were circulated to Political Agents in Bahrain, ...


  3. Passports and Politics: Britain and Persia’s Disagreements over Bahrain

    Dr Mark Hobbs In 1910, British officials discovered that the Persian authorities at Bandar-e Lengeh were charging travellers a domestic rate to travel ...


  4. Napoleon’s Agent: Monitoring the Movements of Monsieur Romieu in the East

    Martin Woodward Against the dramatic international backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the British in Constantinople, Syria and Persia ensured that they ...


  5. Medieval Arabic Formularies: Compounds and Simples

    Dr Leigh Chipman The words camphor, lemon, syrup and tamarind all derive from Arabic formularies – books in which Arabic-speaking physicians and pharmacists ...


  6. Assassination and Intrigue in Muscat 1866–68

    Karen Stapley The struggle for power in Muscat 1866–68 following the death, in suspicious circumstances, of Sayyid Thuwaynī bin Sa‘īd Āl Bū Sa‘īd, ...


  7. Spies, Ships and Strategic Communication: Anglo-French Competition in the Gulf

    Dr Francis Owtram Due to increased tensions between the British and French, in the 1780s, the Gulf was drawn into a global battle for supremacy. Spying ...


  8. Legal Business: The Judicial Aspects of British Rule in the Gulf

    Martin Woodward In the early 20th century, British Officials responsible for the administration of justice in cases concerning British subjects and foreigners ...


  9. Crime or Punishment? The Cruel Death of a Sailor at Bushire in 1820

    Dr Mark Hobbs The death of an African sailor who had been severely flogged for attempted desertion, exposes the brutal nature of early nineteenth-century ...


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

    Rolf Killius The extremely difficult and elaborate work of sailing ships and boats for pearl-diving and fishing in the Gulf region was essential in giving ...


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