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  1. A Rich Culture Expressed in Music- Musical Instruments in The Upper Gulf Region

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer The music of the upper Gulf region is well known for its intricate rhythms, hand-clapping and sung poetry. In addition to this, its musical instruments have evolved or been incorporated ...

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

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library In the early 20th century, British Officials responsible for the administration of justice in cases concerning British subjects and foreigners in the Gulf had to maintain a delicate balance, so as not t ...

  3. London to Basra in Twenty-Two Days

    ... Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library In a pre-internet age of slow-travelling news, just how could a message be sent from London to Basra in 22 days? On 20 June 1814, a message received from London was forwarded with urgency by the Ass ...

  4. The Mobility of Merchants in the Pursuit of Profit: The English Withdraw from Bushire

    ... John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library The EIC’s departure from Bushire in 1769 was one example of how, in the 17th and 18th centuries, groups of traders would settle, then relocate, along the Gulf coast with great adaptability, going wher ...

  5. Country Profile: Qatar

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Qatar, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Qatar is an Arab emirate situated on a peninsula on the southern coast of the G ...

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

    ... Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library In the ninth century, Ḥunayn ibn Ishāq decided to explain Greek terminology, instead of simply adopting it, in his translations of the medical treatises of Galen. In doing this he helped e ...

  7. Country Profile: Kuwait

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Kuwait, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The State of Kuwait is an Emirate situated in the north-east of the Arabian Pe ...

  8. ‘Abd al-Ghaffār: The First Meccan Photographer

    ... Anna Canby Monk Visual Arts Curator, British Library While much remains unknown about the life of the first Meccan photographer, al-Sayyid ‘Abd al-Ghaffār, his 1880s photographs shed light on life in the holy city. Although once described by his onetime w ...

  9. How the American Civil War Caused a Boom in Cotton in Persia

    ... Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library During the American Civil War (1861–65) cotton supplies to Britain’s textile mills dwindled, causing a boom in production elsewhere in the Empire. In the 1860s, cotton was a key import, supplying Britain’ ...

  10. Emir Faisal’s Diplomatic Mission and Britain’s Reluctance to Invest in Saudi Oil in 1932

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Ibn Saud’s quest for recognition of his Arabian Kingdom, and how British Government officials turned their backs on the largest reserves of crude oil in the world. In the spring of 1932, on the eve of ...

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