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  1. The Mobility of Merchants in the Pursuit of Profit: The English Withdraw from Bushire

    John Hayhurst The EIC’s departure from Bushire in 1769 was one example of how, in the 17th and 18th centuries, groups of traders would settle, then ...


  2. Britain’s ‘interest’ in Bahrain

    Louis Allday A candid exchange between British officials in the 1920s reveals the extent to which Britain had intervened in Bahrain in its own interest. ...


  3. Muscat and the Monsoon

    Dr Francis Owtram The environment has greatly influenced life in the Gulf and Indian Ocean over the centuries. Before the era of steamships, a hugely ...


  4. George Barnes Brucks and the First English Survey of the Gulf

    Dr Mark Hobbs George Barnes Brucks was the first Englishman to survey the Gulf’s coasts in the 1820s. But while Brucks’s charts were quickly replaced ...


  5. 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 ...


  6. The Indigo Trade in the Gulf in the Nineteenth Century

    Dr Mark Hobbs The shipwreck in 1852 of a merchant vessel off the Oman coast, led to the plunder and loss of enough indigo to supply the entire Gulf region ...


  7. 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 ...


  8. 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 ...


  9. 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 ...


  10. 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, ...


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