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  1. 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 ...


  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. Colonial Knowledge: Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia

    Daniel A. Lowe J. G. Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia has long been used as a central source for the study of the region. ...


  5. Shaikh Ahmad goes to England: The Politics of Official State Visits

    Louis Allday Despite inauspicious beginnings, Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ’s official visit to England in 1919 proved a success. In October ...


  6. A Demonstration of British Firepower on the Trucial Coast, 1949

    Dr Mark Hobbs In the wake of Indian independence and the United States’ increasing presence, British administrators sought to remind the Gulf’s inhabitants ...


  7. Guns ‘n’ Seals: An Unusual Seal indicates Cultural Influences in Dubai in 1910

    Catherine Hodgkinson An Islamic seal with an unusual bird design appears on a witness statement delivered by the Sheikh of Dubai to the British Resident ...


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

    John Hayhurst Over several centuries, the close relationship between individual explorers of the Arabian Peninsula and the British Empire was made clear ...


  9. The Menial Establishment in Britain’s Political Agency, Bahrain

    Martin Woodward There are numerous records relating to high-level British officials in the Gulf, but the letters in the India Office Establishment Files ...


  10. The Accidental Explorer: George Sadleir and Britain’s Entry into Central Arabia

    John Hayhurst The first crossing of the Arabian Peninsula by a European, revealed in glimpses by the early correspondence of the Bushire Residency, was ...


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