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  1. Births, Marriages, Deaths: Bahrain’s ‘Order in Council’ in Action

    Dr Mark Hobbs Bahrain’s Order in Council gave the Political Agent the power to, on one hand, issue birth certificates, and on the other, to rule on ...


  2. M. Waris Ali’s ‘Absurd’ Account: A Native Agent and the Riots at Gwadar

    Martin Woodward Murder, suicide, communal riots, racial snobbery and a colourful, much-maligned British Agent caught up in the midst of it all: a record ...


  3. Galenic Humoral Pathology

    Dr Nahyan Fancy Common household practices such as consuming hot soups and drinks when one has caught a cold are rooted in humoral medicine, which was ...


  4. The Death of Queen Victoria: the Politics of Mourning for the British in the Gulf

    Daniel A. Lowe Upon the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, instructions sent to the Native Agent at Sharjah on how to visibly mourn her death reveal aspects ...


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

    Dr Mark Hobbs Britain and its Allies maintained supremacy over the Gulf’s airspace during the Second World War, but mechanical failure could quickly ...


  6. London to Basra in Twenty-Two Days

    Valentina Mirabella 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, ...


  7. From the Individual to the Archetypal: ‘Abd al-Ghaffār’s Edited Photographic Portraits

    Anna Canby Monk The removal of original backgrounds and inscriptions reveals a tension between the photographers ‘Abd al-Ghaffār and Snouck Hurgronje ...


  8. Priority Air Freight to Serve Bahrain’s First Cinemas

    Valentina Mirabella With the oil industry booming in Bahrain in the early 1930s, BAPCO oil workers, amongst others, lobbied for the first cinemas to be ...


  9. Divers are a Pearl’s Best Friend: Pearl Diving in the Gulf 1840s–1930s

    Dr Mark Hobbs Before oil, the inhabitants of the Gulf’s Arab coast depended on diving for natural pearls for their economic livelihoods. And, like oil, ...


  10. The Dubai Incident, 1910: A Gun Battle that Damaged British relations with the Trucial Coast

    Martin Woodward Growing tensions between the British and the Sheikh of Dubai led to a gun battle in 1910 that cost numerous lives and did long-term damage ...


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