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  1. Sing, Play and Be Merry: The Unique Ṣawt Music of the Arabian Peninsula

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Ṣawt, the urban music of the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf, has evolved from diverse musical traditions, including sea music, and was profoundly influenced by Indian, African and classica ...

  2. Sahl ibn Bishr and the Rise of Astrology in Abbasid Times

    ... Prof. Julio Samso Emeritus Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, The University of Barcelona Astrology was considered a scientific discipline in the Middle Ages, when political powers patronised astronomical research that was considered necessary for o ...

  3. ‘Persian Gulf Tragedy’: the Death and Legacy of John Gordon Lorimer

    ... Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library The untimely death of John Gordon Lorimer, acting Resident in the Persian Gulf 1913–14, was seen as a tragedy. Yet, his legacy – in the form of his Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, ...

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

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer 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 music recordings. Additionally, several documents ...

  5. Country Profile: Iraq

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Iraq, as illustrated through the India Office Records. The Republic of Iraq is a country positioned at the northern end of the Gulf tha ...

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

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library 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 of music and dance intimately related to pea ...

  7. A Quest for Knowledge: The Basra Date Palm, the Botanical Garden in Bengal

    ... John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library A 1787 letter requesting plants from the Persian Gulf for a newly established botanical garden in Kolkata illuminates the way in which the pursuit of scientific knowledge became part of the EIC’s glob ...

  8. Gwadar: the Sultan’s Possession

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library Gwadar was an enclave of the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman for nearly 200 years, but records show that while the Sultans were reluctant to lose sovereignty over the territory, they were nevertheless open ...

  9. How the American Civil War Caused a Boom in Cotton in Persia

    ... Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library During the American Civil War (1861–65) cotton supplies to Britain’s textile mills dwindled, causing a boom in production elsewhere in the Empire. In the 1860s, cotton was a key import, supplying Britain’ ...

  10. 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 into a global battle for supremacy. Spying was a significant aspect of the struggle to control strategic ...

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