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  1. 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 ...


  2. 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 ...


  3. 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 ...


  4. A Thorn in England’s Side: The Piracy of Mīr Muhannā

    John Hayhurst The name Mīr Muhannā is much celebrated in Iran today because he stood up to imperialism and won. The name Mīr Muhannā (d. 1769) is ...


  5. Water, not Oil, the Most Valuable Resource in the Gulf

    Dr Mark Hobbs It’s hard to imagine a natural resource as important to the history of the development of the Gulf States as oil. But in the early days ...


  6. The Second World War Comes to Bahrain

    Dr Mark Hobbs An Italian bombing raid brought Bahrain into the Second World War’s ‘zone of operations’, sparking fear amongst Bahrainis and concerns ...


  7. Nazi Propaganda in Sharjah during World War II

    Louis Allday Sharjah 1940, and Nazi radio broadcasts in Arabic filled the air, stirring pro-German sentiment amongst the town’s inhabitants – and ...


  8. The Coming of the Wireless Telegraph to Bahrain

    Martin Woodward How a state of the art communications technology arrived in Bahrain in 1916. Before 1916 wireless telegraphy did not exist in Bahrain. ...


  9. A Strategic Position: British Seizures of the Island of Kharg

    Valentina Mirabella The British Government had a strong interest in Kharg, a small, strategically placed island in the Gulf. The small island of Kharg, ...


  10. Bahrain’s Chief of Police Visits the UK, 1948

    Louis Allday The 1948 visit of Shaikh Khalīfa bin Mohammed Āl Khalīfa to Britain on a training trip arranged by the British Council provides an early ...


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