Many of the works listed on the regional pages are collected British government documents from the National Archives and Public Record Office. Those listed here aren't specific to any region or relate solely to government administration.
Call Number: Main (Gardner) Stacks DS62.8 .A673 1996 and online
The coverage in the 4 volumes includes the major categories of Arab nationalists and pan-Arabists with aspirations to Arab unity, as well as activists with specific territorial demands and other anti-regime dissidents--who sometimes became the rulers.
These handbooks were compiled for the use of British officers for military purposes and provide detailed descriptions of the regions, settlements, routes and inhabitants of the Arabian Peninsula and Gulf. Originally all these documents were classified secret.
Call Number: Main (Gardner) Stacks DS62 .M565 1987 and online
The function of the intelligence handbooks was to inform British officials engaged on diplomatic duties in foreign countries about every aspect of the country in which they were resident. They provide a full, splendidly illustrated, geographic encyclopedia of the culture and civilization of each country, including over 1200 photographs.
Over the period 1600 to 1853 each geographic area is dealt with separately, from Oman through the Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, parts of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and along the Persian coast to southern Iran. General subjects, including the arms trade, slave trade, commerce and communications, naval affairs, and international rivalry are included in supplementary volumes.