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  1. The British Library: How Many Institutions Became One

    ... Dr Jo Wright Content Development Curator, British Library A vast range of material that spans several thousand years, including a large collection of Arabic manuscripts and material related to the Gulf, is held in the British Library collection. The Briti ...

  2. The Second World War Comes to Bahrain

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library An Italian bombing raid brought Bahrain into the Second World War’s ‘zone of operations’, sparking fear amongst Bahrainis and concerns amongst the British over the safety of the islands’ strategic oil ...

  3. Ibn al-Nafīs and Pulmonary Transit

    ... Dr Nahyan Fancy Associate Professor of History, DePauw University In the thirteenth century, Ibn al-Nafīs wrote a substantial commentary on Avicenna’s entire Canon of Medicine thereby revising existing understandings of human physiology and anatomy. His t ...

  4. The India Office Records

    ... Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The vast archive known as the India Office Records, occupying approximately nine miles of shelving in the British Library, contains the documents created or received in London by three organis ...

  5. Medieval Arabic Formularies: Compounds and Simples

    ... Dr Leigh Chipman Independent Scholar, Specialist in the History of Medicine The words camphor, lemon, syrup and tamarind all derive from Arabic formularies – books in which Arabic-speaking physicians and pharmacists preserved and adapted the knowledge of ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Shaikh Ahmad goes to England: The Politics of Official State Visits

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library Despite inauspicious beginnings, Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ’s official visit to England in 1919 proved a success. In October 1919, on the first night of his official visit to Br ...

  8. A Brief History of the English East India Company 1600–1858

    ... Margaret Makepeace Lead Curator East India Company Records, British Library From its origins as a small London enterprise, the East India Company (EIC) emerged as a powerful commercial and political organisation, whose presence in the Gulf helped shape th ...

  9. The Coming of the Wireless Telegraph to Bahrain

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library How a state of the art communications technology arrived in Bahrain in 1916. Before 1916 wireless telegraphy did not exist in Bahrain. Anyone wishing to communicate telegraphically had to send messages ...

  10. 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 ...

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