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  1. From Persia to Iran: the Politics of the Change of Name and its Impact on the Oil Concession

    Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library From 1900 to 1933 the Persian Oil Concession was the backdrop to a stand-off between the British ...


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

    Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Salim Rashid Suri, an Omani ṣawt singer and oud player became famous as the ‘singing ...


  3. Between Freedom and Slavery: The Employment of Runaway Slaves in the Indian Navy

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Former slaves employed in the Indian Navy’s crews in the mid-19th century often exploited the ...


  4. Kuwait’s Majlis Movement: National and Regional Developments Brought into Focus

    John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library The movement for political reform in Kuwait in 1938 signified change in the region and highlights ...


  5. 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 ...


  6. Mombasa: Britain’s Shortest-Lived Protectorate?

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Captain Owen’s plan to take over the portal town of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean put British officials ...


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

    John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library Over several centuries, the close relationship between individual explorers of the Arabian Peninsula ...


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

    Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library J. G. Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia has ...


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

    Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library Despite inauspicious beginnings, Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ’s ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library In the wake of Indian independence and the United States’ increasing presence, British administrators ...


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