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  1. 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 ...


  2. 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 ...


  3. 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 ...


  4. 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 ...


  5. Britain’s Ineffectual Efforts to Suppress the Slave Trade

    Dr Mark Hobbs Great Britain abolished the slave trade in its Empire in 1807, yet not only did it persist in the Gulf into the latter half of the nineteenth ...


  6. Negotiating the Origins of the Gulf’s Aviation Industry

    Dr Mark Hobbs Negotiation and improvisation formed the basis of the Gulf’s early aviation industry. In 2013, sixty-four million international air passengers ...


  7. 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. ...


  8. 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, ...


  9. 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 ...


  10. 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 ...


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