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  1. Country Profile: United Arab Emirates

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and United Arab Emirates, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Originally known as sahil oman (coast of Oman) the area on the s ...

  2. The British Library: How Many Institutions Became One

    ... Dr Jo Wright Content Development Curator, British Library A vast range of material that spans several thousand years, including a large collection of Arabic manuscripts and material related to the Gulf, is held in the British Library collection. The Briti ...

  3. Interlocking Patterns Meet Arabic Poetry: Musical Genres in the Upper Gulf Region

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer The people of the upper Gulf coast have created a rich and multifaceted musical culture. Unfortunately, these musical genres are hardly known outside this region and there is a risk that ...

  4. The Political Residency, Bushire

    ... From the early days of its existence, the East India Company sought a secure base, known as a factory, in the Gulf from which to conduct trade with Persia. In 1763, it finally established a base which would provide some continuity to its operations, namel ...

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

    ... Catherine Hodgkinson Archival Specialist, British Library An Islamic seal with an unusual bird design appears on a witness statement delivered by the Sheikh of Dubai to the British Resident in The Gulf, following a fatal gun battle in Dubai in 1910. At so ...

  6. Robots, Musicians and Monsters: The World’s Most Fantastic Clocks

    ... Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library The peoples of the Islamic world excelled at designing and building water-clocks as these manuscripts show. Today’s technology is shrinking. Less than fifty years ago computers were so big ...

  7. Britain’s Ineffectual Efforts to Suppress the Slave Trade

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Great Britain abolished the slave trade in its Empire in 1807, yet not only did it persist in the Gulf into the latter half of the nineteenth century, it flourished amid ineffectual British efforts to ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. The Second World War Comes to Bahrain

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library An Italian bombing raid brought Bahrain into the Second World War’s ‘zone of operations’, sparking fear amongst Bahrainis and concerns amongst the British over the safety of the islands’ strategic oil ...

  10. A Thorn in England’s Side: The Piracy of Mīr Muhannā

    ... John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library The name Mīr Muhannā is much celebrated in Iran today because he stood up to imperialism and won. The name Mīr Muhannā (d. 1769) is much celebrated in Iran today as a heroic underdog who stood up to i ...

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