The History of Qatar
Articles on Qatar's History
An overview of Qatar's history, with links to more detailed articles and resources.
Frances Gillespie, local author and coordinator of the Qatar Archeology Projects, takes a look at the digs and discoveries made in Qatar.
Frances Gillespie explains how Bedouin managed to survive in the harsh Qatar desert.
How did the fastidious Qataris manage to keep clean and fragrant before running water and imported cosmetics? Qatar culture expert Yousra Samir investigates.
The first human inhabitation of Qatar took place thousands of years ago, when the climate was considerably more pleasant...
Discover the ruins of an ancient town.
A not so ancient fort lies close to the old town, and makes a great day out.
Frances Gillespie examines the petroglyphs carved into the limestone rocks that dot Qatar's coast.
Read the story of Robert Cheesman, and his trip to Qatar in search of an ancient city in the early twentieth century.
Fran Gillespie writes about the fascinating and complex culture that developed in Qatar and the Emirates in the sixth millenia, and the fragments of that culture that are being discovered today.
The Al Thanis are the undisputed rulers of Qatar but it wasn't always this way. Find out how this merchant family rose to became the rulers of one of the richest countries in the world.
Thousands of years ago Al Khor island was being used for the production of an exclusive and very expensive dye: the color purple.
In what is still living memory for some, poverty stricken Qataris eked out a living in the often lethal profession of Pearl Diving.
In the Seventh Century, at the same time as Islam was sweeping through Arabia and beyond, Isaac of Qatar undertook his journey from monk to Bishop to hermit. Along the way he created writings that are still read to this day.
Doha is now one of the richest cities in the world: a fast growing metropolis filled with high rises. Yet for most of its history it has been little more than a village - although its insignificance did not stop it from being destroyed several times, both by the British and by the Khalifas.
Whether pirate or hero, Rahmah was for much of his life a thorn in the side of the Khalifas - but always a friend to the British.
In the far north of Qatar lie the lonely ruins of the early Islamic city of Murwab.
Other Useful Sites on Qatar History
History of Qatar: From the History of Nations Site
History of Qatar - Wikipedia article.
History - a brief run through the different periods of Qatar History by Info Please.
Key Dates - the major events in Qatar's history organised by dates.
Qatar History - a more detailed synopsis from Nations Encyclopedia.
History of Qatar - Articles on the History of Qatar by the excellent Heritage of Qatar website.
Qatar History - from the Qatar News Agency - comprises of a number of differnt articles organised under two different sections: Qatar in the Past and Qatar in Modern Times.
Qatar History - An overview of Qatar History from I Love Qatar.