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  1. 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 ...


  2. 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 ...


  3. Sahl ibn Bishr and the Rise of Astrology in Abbasid Times

    Prof. Julio Samso Astrology was considered a scientific discipline in the Middle Ages, when political powers patronised astronomical research that was ...


  4. Emir Faisal’s Diplomatic Mission and Britain’s Reluctance to Invest in Saudi Oil in 1932

    Dr Mark Hobbs Ibn Saud’s quest for recognition of his Arabian Kingdom, and how British Government officials turned their backs on the largest reserves ...


  5. Frankincense in Dhofar: An Ancient Trade at the Centre of 19th Century Tensions

    Dr Francis Owtram In recognising the importance of the trade, British colonial records cast light on the state of the ancient trade in Frankincense in ...


  6. ‘For the Sake of Freedom’: British World War II Propaganda Posters in Arabic

    Louis Allday An unassuming financial file that forms part of the India Office Records contains an unexpected example of British, Arabic-language propaganda. ...


  7. The Kuwait Cat’s Meat Crisis

    Louis Allday The arrest of a British Subject on spurious charges makes plain Britain’s dominant position in Kuwait in the late 1930s. On 11 January ...


  8. U.S. Propaganda in Post-WWII Bahrain

    Louis Allday In the immediate post-WWII period, despite British opposition, the U.S. sought to increase its influence in the Gulf by distributing propagandistic ...


  9. A Close Relationship: Britain and Oman since 1750

    Dr Francis Owtram Played out against Oman’s imposing geographical position, the British relationship with Oman has changed from that of allies against ...


  10. British Government Resist Modernisation of the Pearling Industry

    Dr Mark Hobbs Britain’s decision to prohibit the use of modern diving suits and cultured pearls on the Gulf’s pearl banks was intended to preserve ...


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