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  1. Napoleon’s Agent: Monitoring the Movements of Monsieur Romieu in the East

    Martin Woodward Against the dramatic international backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the British in Constantinople, Syria and Persia ensured that they ...


  2. Passports and Politics: Britain and Persia’s Disagreements over Bahrain

    Dr Mark Hobbs In 1910, British officials discovered that the Persian authorities at Bandar-e Lengeh were charging travellers a domestic rate to travel ...


  3. Medieval Arabic Formularies: Compounds and Simples

    Dr Leigh Chipman The words camphor, lemon, syrup and tamarind all derive from Arabic formularies – books in which Arabic-speaking physicians and pharmacists ...


  4. Spies, Ships and Strategic Communication: Anglo-French Competition in the Gulf

    Dr Francis Owtram Due to increased tensions between the British and French, in the 1780s, the Gulf was drawn into a global battle for supremacy. Spying ...


  5. Assassination and Intrigue in Muscat 1866–68

    Karen Stapley The struggle for power in Muscat 1866–68 following the death, in suspicious circumstances, of Sayyid Thuwaynī bin Sa‘īd Āl Bū Sa‘īd, ...


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

    Martin Woodward In the early 20th century, British Officials responsible for the administration of justice in cases concerning British subjects and foreigners ...


  7. Crime or Punishment? The Cruel Death of a Sailor at Bushire in 1820

    Dr Mark Hobbs The death of an African sailor who had been severely flogged for attempted desertion, exposes the brutal nature of early nineteenth-century ...


  8. Fann Al-Baḥri – The Great Art of the Sea

    Rolf Killius The extremely difficult and elaborate work of sailing ships and boats for pearl-diving and fishing in the Gulf region was essential in giving ...


  9. 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: ...


  10. 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 ...


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