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  1. Invisible Ink: Intercepting Post in Second World War

    Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library During WWII, secret instructions for the interception of post passing through ...


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

    Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library Against the dramatic international backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars, the British in Constantinople, ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library In 1910, British officials discovered that the Persian authorities at Bandar-e Lengeh were charging ...


  4. Medieval Arabic Formularies: Compounds and Simples

    Dr Leigh Chipman Independent Scholar, Specialist in the History of Medicine The words camphor, lemon, syrup and tamarind all derive from Arabic formularies ...


  5. Assassination and Intrigue in Muscat 1866–68

    Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library The struggle for power in Muscat 1866–68 following the death, in suspicious circumstances, of Sayyid ...


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

    Dr Francis Owtram Gulf History Specialist, British Library Due to increased tensions between the British and French, in the 1780s, the Gulf was drawn ...


  7. 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 ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library The death of an African sailor who had been severely flogged for attempted desertion, exposes the ...


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

    Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer Who were the founders of traditional ṣawt music and why did their musical journey ...


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

    Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer The extremely difficult and elaborate work of sailing ships and boats for pearl-diving ...


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