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  1. Why Were So Many of the Greek-Arabic Translators Christians?

    ... Bink Hallum Arabic Scientific Manuscripts Curator, British Library An enormous effort was made to translate almost all known Greek literature into Arabic during the 8th to 10th centuries, and Baghdad was at the centre of this work. Why was it that so many ...

  2. History of the India Office Records and Private Papers

    ... Penny Brook Lead Curator India Office Records, British Library The vast trove of material held at the British Library that pertains to Britain’s Colonial exploits owe their present organisation in part to the early acknowledgement by officials in the EIC ...

  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. Pelly’s Unprecedented Trip to Riyadh

    ... Faysal informing him that he was en route to the capital as he believed their ‘becoming personally ... of the flora and fauna they encountered en route. These were sent to the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew while ...

  5. The 1930s: the Gulf as ‘Highway between East and West’

    ... Martin Woodward Archival Specialist, British Library The 1930s was the decade that transformed the Gulf from its role as conduit between Britain and her empire to a strategic locus in the run-up to the war and a ‘highway between east and west’. The 1930s ...

  6. The Financial Troubles of Said bin Taimur

    ... Dr Francis Owtram Gulf History Specialist, British Library The reign of Said bin Taimur was marked by financial troubles from the outset, but despite his more active role in the 1930s, a rebellion in the province of Dhofar ultimately cost him the Sultanat ...

  7. al-Bīrūnī: a high point in the Development of Islamic Astronomy

    ... Prof. Julio Samso Emeritus Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, The University of Barcelona al-Bīrūnī’s Qānūn is the most complete astronomical encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. It represents the most successful attempt to correct and rewrite Ptolemy’s ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

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

    ... Louis Allday Gulf History and Arabic Language Specialist, British Library The 1948 visit of Shaikh Khalīfa bin Mohammed Āl Khalīfa to Britain on a training trip arranged by the British Council provides an early example of cooperation between Britain and B ...

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