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  1. 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 ...

  2. A Considerable Fortune: The Wealth, and Death, of Sheikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī

    ... Daniel A. Lowe Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library At the time of Sheikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī’s death in 1913, his great wealth was revealed to the British in intelligence reports sent by Yūsuf bin Aḥmad Kanoo. On 12 July 1 ...

  3. The Founders of Bahraini Sawt Music: Mohamed Bin Fares and Dhahi Bin Walid

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer Mohamed Bin Fares and Dhahi Bin Walid are regarded as the founders of the traditional urban Gulf musical genre ṣawt, which is still performed in the region. Though the ṣawt music of diff ...

  4. Medieval Arabic Formularies: Compounds and Simples

    ... Dr Leigh Chipman Independent Scholar, Specialist in the History of Medicine The words camphor, lemon, syrup and tamarind all derive from Arabic formularies – books in which Arabic-speaking physicians and pharmacists preserved and adapted the knowledge of ...

  5. Mapping Aden: The British Occupation of A Vital Trading Port

    ... Magdalena Peszko Map Curator, British Library Only by mapping and surveying Aden fully were the British able to plan for its reconstruction and fortification, thereby facilitating trade and other shipping to and from India and beyond. In 1839, when the Br ...

  6. London to Basra in Twenty-Two Days

    ... Valentina Mirabella Archival Specialist, British Library In a pre-internet age of slow-travelling news, just how could a message be sent from London to Basra in 22 days? On 20 June 1814, a message received from London was forwarded with urgency by the Ass ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. The India Office: The Government, in London, of British India

    ... Antonia Moon Lead Curator Post-1858 India Office Records, British Library A government department unique in its scope and power, the India Office had a profound impact on the history of the Gulf. Following the Indian Uprisings of 1857–58, the administrati ...

  10. A Brief History of the English East India Company 1600–1858

    ... Margaret Makepeace Lead Curator East India Company Records, British Library From its origins as a small London enterprise, the East India Company (EIC) emerged as a powerful commercial and political organisation, whose presence in the Gulf helped shape th ...

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