Bahrain #347 (1989)

Bahrain #347 (1989)

In Arabic, al-Bahrayn (البحرين) means “the two seas”, although which two seas were originally intended remains in dispute.  The entire coastal strip of Eastern Arabia stretching from Basra n Iraq to the Strait of Hormuz in Oman was known as “Bahrain” for a millennium until the Middle Ages. Today, Bahrain’s “two seas” are generally taken to be the bay east and west of the island, the … Continue reading Bahrain #347 (1989)

Alwar #1 (1877)

Alwar #1 (1877)

Alwar (अलवर) was a princely state in northern India.  It was named after a Khazada ruler, Ulawar Khan, who established his kingdom in the region in 1412.  Formerly spelt as “Ulwar” in British India which placed it in last position in alphabetically ordered lists, a ruler changed the spelling to “Alwar” to bring it to the top.  It became a recognized Rajput kingdom in 1771 … Continue reading Alwar #1 (1877)