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  1. The Cradle of Arabic Sawt Music: The Early Musician Generations in Kuwait

    Rolf Killius Who were the founders of traditional ṣawt music and why did their musical journey start in Kuwait? The journalist Sarah Alzouman writes: ...


  2. Interlocking Patterns Meet Arabic Poetry: Musical Genres in the Upper Gulf Region

    Rolf Killius The people of the upper Gulf coast have created a rich and multifaceted musical culture. Unfortunately, these musical genres are hardly known ...


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

    Rolf Killius 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 ...


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

    Rolf Killius Mohamed Bin Fares and Dhahi Bin Walid are regarded as the founders of the traditional urban Gulf musical genre ṣawt, which is still performed ...


  5. Microtones: The Piano and Muhammad Al-Qubanshi – The First Congress of Arabic Music and Early Recordings from Iraq

    Rolf Killius Thanks to the recording sessions at the first Arabic Music Congress in 1932 in Cairo, we can still listen to a selection of early Arabic ...


  6. Diplomacy, Disease and Death: A Story of Georgian Slaves in the Gulf

    Dr Mark Hobbs The interception by an East India Company vessel in June 1853, of a Bahrain trading vessel carrying slaves in the Gulf, reveals a story ...


  7. The Brutal End of Persia’s Zand Dynasty

    Louis Allday The Death of Karim Khan Zand, ruler of Persia, in 1779 marked the beginning of a bloody period lasting 15 years and culminating in the rise ...


  8. Gwadar: the Sultan’s Possession

    Martin Woodward Gwadar was an enclave of the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman for nearly 200 years, but records show that while the Sultans were reluctant ...


  9. The Singing Sailor, Salim Rashid Suri: A Ṣawt Musician from Oman

    Rolf Killius Salim Rashid Suri, an Omani ṣawt singer and oud player became famous as the ‘singing sailor’ and for developing a truly unique style, ...


  10. The British Library: How Many Institutions Became One

    Dr Jo Wright A vast range of material that spans several thousand years, including a large collection of Arabic manuscripts and material related to the ...


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