WorkAbstract: J. G. Lorimer’s Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia has long been used as a central source for the study of the region. Yet, it is essential to understand the contexts of its production in order to fully appreciate its content. It has long been pointed out that John Gordon Lorimer’s encyclopaedic 5000 page Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf , Oman and Central Arabia is ‘without peer’, providing ‘a source on subjects as diverse as political narratives, economy, slavery, telegraphs and tribal gazetteers’. Although scholars and researchers mine the content of the Gazetteer – or ‘Lorimer’ as it is simply referred to – for information, often little attention is paid to the colonial context in which that knowledge was produced.
WorkAbstract: 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 of the construction of empire via ritual mourning practices. Although Queen Victoria never set foot on the soil of the empire over which she was proclaimed Empress of India in 1877, her presence was felt in many ways. Her face could be found on currency and postage stamps, while portraits and statues of the monarch were present in administrative buildings throughout the empire.