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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎54r] (118/444)

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The record is made up of 1 file (212 folios). It was created in 14 Jun 1937-24 Jul 1937. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Translation of letter dated tne 13tn Rabi Ttiani 1356
(22*6-37) irom Snaikh 'Abdullan bin ^asini al Txiani, C .i .E.,
Ruler ol Qatar, to tne Honourable Lieut-Golonel Sir
Trencnard Powle, K.C.I.S., lolitical Resicient in
tne Persian Gruli, Busnire.
After Compliments.
At a best time I received jour letter dated tne
9tn Rabi Thani 13bb equivalent to 18tn June 1^3? and noted
what you nave mentioned. Your Honour particularly reierred
0 to your letter No.451 dated 10tn June 1^37 equivalent to
1st Eabi Tnani 13b6 whicn is a reply to my letter dated 13tn
Rabi Awwal 1356 equivalent to 24tn May 19bV. Yes, tne lettei
in question was received by me and altnougn 1 learnt from
it tnat you nave already wrote to tne Naim ordering tnem to
disperse and not to inter!ere witn any ol my subjects, tney
are increasing m arrogance and in snowing Hostilities to
me. r ihey inter!ere witn all my suojects and as an instance |
of this tney sent some armed men of tnemselves who raided on ^
tne water well called "Al Th.agiIb ,, and occupied tne palace I
there, in is water well is used by my subjects and the people
of Knuwair village. There are also date-palms belonging
to my subjects Al Dusoom. They took away tneir fruit and
cut down some of tnem. They take away all camels and cattle
^ Ill HBIIII linn "
ol ray subjects which they come across. They slaughter and
eat some and retain the rest which tney treat as a booty.
There was no step ol inteference, aggression and corruption
whicn they did not take. How can I bear this corruption
ol" tneirs whereas they are my subjects and within my
territory ? When 1 saw tnat they were doing more mischief
and corruption, I wrote to the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain and
intormed him that 1 terminate tne truce with Rashid bin
- - . , ...
xJuhanimad al Jabur and his followers and that nobody is to
intertere in my subjects and in ray territory. Tuat I can
cieal witn thera and cannot leave thera on tneir persistence

m showing hostilities and corruption to me. I had already

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File contains correspondence related to hostilities that occurred between the forces of Shaikh Abdullah bin Qassim Al Thani of Qatar and the Al Naim tribe that took place in June and July 1937.

At this time, the Al Naim tribe was allied to the Al Khalifa ruling family of Bahrain who claimed Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. as a part of their own territory (the family had been based there before their conquest of Bahrain in 1783). The British authorities did not recognise the Al Khalifa's claim to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and did not intervene on their behalf. Hostilities ended in July 1937 and Shaikh Rashid bin Muhammad, Chief of the Al Naim tribe, agreed to recognise the rule of the Al Thani family over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. .

The file also contains a map of Qatar (folio 164) and four aerial photographs of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. (folios 160-163).

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1 file (212 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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A bound correspondence file. Foliation starts on first page of text, top right hand circled number. Ends on last page in volume. A second foliation penciled, uncircled from folio 1a-209.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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