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  1. The Arabic Manuscripts Collection in the British Library

    ... Dr Colin F. Baker Lead Curator Middle Eastern Studies, British Library How and why did the British Library come to hold 14,000 Arabic manuscripts within its collections? The British Library’s collection of Arabic manuscripts is internationally recognised ...

  2. Crime or Punishment? The Cruel Death of a Sailor at Bushire in 1820

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library The death of an African sailor who had been severely flogged for attempted desertion, exposes the brutal nature of early nineteenth-century maritime life, in which justice could be as capricious as a ...

  3. Country Profile: Qatar

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Qatar, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Qatar is an Arab emirate situated on a peninsula on the southern coast of the G ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Hidden Treasures: Reflections on Traditional Music in Kuwait

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library Kuwait has maintained a thriving traditional music culture; in particular bahri, or sea music, and ṣawt have remained at the heart of the music scene. Kuwait as a country is difficult to a ...

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

    ... to be re-transmitted a dozen or more times en route – often by operators with no knowledge of English – telegraphic ...

  7. 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 a boom in production elsewhere in the Empire. In the 1860s, cotton was a key import, supplying Britain’ ...

  8. Manumission, Not Abolition: British Mediations over Slavery in the Gulf

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library In spite of legally abolishing slavery in its Empire in 1833, the British Government struggled to eradicate the practice in its protectorates in the Gulf. The forms of slavery that British officials e ...

  9. Episodes from the Life of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library A number of key moments in the life of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa are recorded in the India Office Records. Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa was one of the most prominent figure ...

  10. The Beginnings of Science in the Islamic World

    ... Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library When and where did the sciences practised in the Islamic world during the so-called Golden Age originate? The sciences studied and practised in the Islamic world during its so-called Golde ...

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