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  1. From Persia to Iran: the Politics of the Change of Name and its Impact on the Oil Concession

    ... Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library From 1900 to 1933 the Persian Oil Concession was the backdrop to a stand-off between the British and newly-renamed Iran. In 1900, Persian officials offered William Knox D’Arcy, an Englishman, the ch ...

  2. Country Profile: Saudi Arabia

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Saudi Arabia, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the second largest Arab state in the worl ...

  3. Qatari History: Pivotal Moments Revealed in India Office Records

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library From East India Company intelligence to news of the discovery of oil, the India Office Records demonstrate the exchanges that took place between Britain and Qatar over the last three centuries. Extend ...

  4. Country Profile: United Arab Emirates

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and United Arab Emirates, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Originally known as sahil oman (coast of Oman) the area on the s ...

  5. German Interests in the Gulf’s Pearling Industry

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Germany’s desire for ‘a place in the sun’ saw her challenge Britain’s commercial dominance in the Gulf in the early years of the twentieth century. At the beginning of the twentieth century, after thr ...

  6. The Founders of Bahraini Sawt Music: Mohamed Bin Fares and Dhahi Bin Walid

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer Mohamed Bin Fares and Dhahi Bin Walid are regarded as the founders of the traditional urban Gulf musical genre ṣawt, which is still performed in the region. Though the ṣawt music of diff ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Thesiger’s Clothes: Empire and Exploration in the Arabian Peninsula

    ... John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library Over several centuries, the close relationship between individual explorers of the Arabian Peninsula and the British Empire was made clear in often unpublished journals and accounts held in the India ...

  9. A Close Relationship: Britain and Oman since 1750

    ... Dr Francis Owtram Gulf History Specialist, British Library Played out against Oman’s imposing geographical position, the British relationship with Oman has changed from that of allies against common foe, through informal British imperial influence to an i ...

  10. The India Office Private Papers

    ... Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The India Office Private Papers offer a personal perspective on military, political, social and economic history over the period 1750–1947; in their private correspondence and diaries, people ...

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