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

    Rolf Killius 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 ...


  2. ‘Islamic Style’ Binding: A Misleading Term Ripe for Further Research

    Flavio Marzo ACR ‘Islamic’ and ‘Western’ are terms used to describe different styles of binding but experts agree that much further research is ...


  3. Replication of an Eighteenth Century Manuscript Binding

    Flavio Marzo ACR Six videos demonstrating the replication of a specific eighteenth-century manuscript's binding by the British Library's conservator, ...


  4. Foundation of an Empire: The East India Company’s Early Trade in Silk and Wool

    John Hayhurst While Britain’s more distinct political and strategic interests in the Gulf grew over time, it was initially a matter of textile trading ...


  5. An Earl, a Collection and a Gun: the Curious Provenance of a British Library Manuscript

    Dr Jo Wright How did an illustrated Arabic manuscript on the Art of War come into the possession of an illegitimate son of a King; his extraordinary and ...


  6. Sir Thomas Reade: The ‘Nincumpoop’ Collector of Arabic Manuscripts

    Dr Jo Wright How did a fourteenth century illustrated ‘Treatise on the Art of Riding and using the Instruments of War’ end up in the British Library’s ...


  7. The Making of Medical Manuals: The 'Questions and Answers' Format in Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥāq’s Medical Manuals

    Maria Chicco Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥāq: a Medieval Arab scholar who transformed his understanding of ancient Greek medical texts into manuals for the benefit ...


  8. Ibn al-Nafīs and Pulmonary Transit

    Dr Nahyan Fancy In the thirteenth century, Ibn al-Nafīs wrote a substantial commentary on Avicenna’s entire Canon of Medicine thereby revising existing ...


  9. The Qatar Oil Concession Ushers in a New Era for British Relations with Doha

    Valentina Mirabella Qatar’s exploratory wells were drilled relatively late, although Major Frank Holmes sought an exploratory lease in 1922. The first ...


  10. A Considerable Fortune: The Wealth, and Death, of Sheikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī

    Daniel A. Lowe At the time of Sheikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī’s death in 1913, his great wealth was revealed to the British in intelligence ...


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