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  1. Lewis Pelly’s Private Papers

    ... Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library The Private Papers of One of the Gulf’s Most Important Political Residents, 1862–72, provide a fascinating insight into British Policy in the period as well as providing a more personal insight into the l ...

  2. A Portrait of Sir Lewis Pelly

    ... Karen Stapley Archival Specialist, British Library Sir Lewis Pelly was a key figure in the history of the Gulf owing to his role, as British Political Resident, in enforcing the region’s maritime peace treaties from 1862 to 1873. Sir Lewis Pelly was a key ...

  3. ‘For the Sake of Freedom’: British World War II Propaganda Posters in Arabic

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library An unassuming financial file that forms part of the India Office Records contains an unexpected example of British, Arabic-language propaganda. An unassuming financial file that for ...

  4. Air Crashes in the Gulf during the Second World War

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library Britain and its Allies maintained supremacy over the Gulf’s airspace during the Second World War, but mechanical failure could quickly turn the tables, making crewmen dependent on the region’s local p ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. An Earl, a Collection and a Gun: the Curious Provenance of a British Library Manuscript

    ... Dr Jo Wright Content Development Curator, British Library How did an illustrated Arabic manuscript on the Art of War come into the possession of an illegitimate son of a King; his extraordinary and ultimately tragic life leading to its acquisition by the ...

  7. Galenic Humoral Pathology

    ... Dr Nahyan Fancy Associate Professor of History, DePauw University Common household practices such as consuming hot soups and drinks when one has caught a cold are rooted in humoral medicine, which was the dominant medical paradigm from the time of Galen t ...

  8. A Strategic Position: British Seizures of the Island of Kharg

    ... Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library The British Government had a strong interest in Kharg, a small, strategically placed island in the Gulf. The small island of Kharg, situated in the Gulf just off the coast of modern-day Iran, played ...

  9. Journey through Afghanistan, 1860

    ... of this journal remain: the original, which was written by Pelly en route, and two ‘fair copies’. The first ... Government. His journal contains rich and fascinating descriptions of his experiences en route and includes ...

  10. Ibn al-Nafīs and Pulmonary Transit

    ... Dr Nahyan Fancy Associate Professor of History, DePauw University In the thirteenth century, Ibn al-Nafīs wrote a substantial commentary on Avicenna’s entire Canon of Medicine thereby revising existing understandings of human physiology and anatomy. His t ...

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