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  1. A Rich Culture Expressed in Music- Musical Instruments in The Upper Gulf Region

    ... Rolf Killius Ethnomusicologist, Museum Consultant and Media Producer The music of the upper Gulf region is well known for its intricate rhythms, hand-clapping and sung poetry. In addition to this, its musical instruments have evolved or been incorporated ...

  2. Nazi Propaganda in Sharjah during World War II

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library Sharjah 1940, and Nazi radio broadcasts in Arabic filled the air, stirring pro-German sentiment amongst the town’s inhabitants – and provoking consternation amongst British official ...

  3. Sea meets Desert: Reflections on Traditional Music in Oman

    ... Rolf Killius Curator of Oral and Musical Cultures, British Library In the Sultanate of Oman, traditional music, poetry and dance are still part and parcel of everyday life and national celebrations alike. From 9 February to 3 March 2014, I conducted resea ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. A Demonstration of British Firepower on the Trucial Coast, 1949

    ... Dr Mark Hobbs Gulf History Specialist, British Library In the wake of Indian independence and the United States’ increasing presence, British administrators sought to remind the Gulf’s inhabitants of who remained nominally in control of the region. Shortl ...

  6. A Quest for Knowledge: The Basra Date Palm, the Botanical Garden in Bengal

    ... John Hayhurst Gulf History Specialist, British Library A 1787 letter requesting plants from the Persian Gulf for a newly established botanical garden in Kolkata illuminates the way in which the pursuit of scientific knowledge became part of the EIC’s glob ...

  7. Profile: British Baluchistan and Makran

    ... British Library Partnership Team An overview of the key moments from the history of interaction between the British and Baluchistan and Makran, as illustrated through the India Office Records. Baluchistan (or Balochistan) is a historic region of the Asian ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. The 1940s: Perfect Peace in the Midst of War

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library While much of the world was experiencing the effects of global war in the first half of the 1940s, the Gulf by contrast was an oasis of calm. While much of the world was experiencing the effects of glob ...

  10. Bahrain’s Economy: Buffeted between Pearls and Oil

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library With pearling in decline and oil exploitation on hold, what drove Bahrain’s economy between the World Wars? By the 1920s, the ancient trade in pearls, though still the foundation of the economy of Bahra ...

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