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The stronger the hold we are able to keep here the better the inhabitants will be pleased... They can't conceive an independent Arab government. Nor, I confess, can I. There is no one here who could run it




Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, 1868–1926, British Oriental Secretary Of the Foreign Office (the only female political officer), Administrator of Arabia, Reference to Baghdad and Iraq, ~1919

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Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
  • Born: July 14, 1868
  • Died: July 12, 1926
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Traveller, Political Officer

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell, CBE was an English writer, traveller, political officer, administrator, and archaeologist who explored, mapped, and became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her knowledge and contacts, built up through extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Along with T. E. Lawrence, Bell helped support the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq.

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