Antonian's work on Glubb Pasha

Amir Abdullah and Glubb Pasha

Antonian's work on Glubb Pasha

18 April 2017

Dr Graham Jevon (DPhil History 2015) has had a blog post published by The National Archives in their ‘Connecting Collections’ series. ‘The Glubb Pasha papers: a precarious existence’ details Graham’s extensive work sifting through the private papers brought to the Middle East Centre’s Archive at St Antony’s in 2006.

Discussing the collection, Graham notes: “The recorded provenance of this collection emphasised its likely significance and enhanced my eagerness to unlock its secrets. Despite being rehoused, it remained uncatalogued. I therefore spent over a year meticulously trawling through each document – every Christmas card, every newspaper cutting. My reward was the discovery of military plans, political correspondence, diary-like notes and a plethora of other pertinent documents, scattered among Glubb’s vast hoard of papers.”

Graham will also be publishing a book shortly detailing his full research into this field; ‘Glubb Pasha and the Arab Legion: Britain, Jordan, and the End of Empire in the Middle East’ (Cambridge University Press, 2017).

Image: Amir Abdullah and Glubb Pasha, 1940-46 (image credit: Frank Hurley, Hurley Negative Collection, National Library of Australia, PIC FH/5886)