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  1. 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 ...


  2. 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 ...


  3. 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 ...


  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. 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 ...


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

    Karen Stapley During the American Civil War (1861–65) cotton supplies to Britain’s textile mills dwindled, causing a boom in production elsewhere ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Captain Owen’s plan to take over the portal town of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean put British officials in a contentious situation with ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Former slaves employed in the Indian Navy’s crews in the mid-19th century often exploited the itinerant existence of naval vessels to ...


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

    John Hayhurst The movement for political reform in Kuwait in 1938 signified change in the region and highlights the country’s – and Britain’s – ...


  10. Telegraphs and Typewriters: The Impact of Technology on Bookkeeping at Bushire

    Dr Mark Hobbs New communication technologies transformed bookkeeping practice at the British Residency in Bushire. The history of Britain’s administration ...


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