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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎69r] (148/444)

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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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Te le gram
lo. 162
Po 11 ti cal Agent, Baiirai n.
political Hesident, Jsushire.
Dated and received 1st July 1937.
My telegram of 1st July Wo. 160.
Adviser has informed me that the negotiations
failed and that there is a state of war prevailing with loot
ing of villages containing saim and their adherents taking
place. Shaikh of Sjatar's forces were 15 miles southwest of
Ghariyah on June 30th.
Shaikh of Bahrain requests that ahaikh of
C^atar may be restrained from making war on Bahrain subjects
who reside in the Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. area which he claims to be his
territory. He further reports s^zure by order of Shaikh of
Qatar of Bahrain dhow visiting Doha for commercial purposes
and requests that Shaikh of Q,atar may be prevented from
siezing such vessels.
I have now received July 1st a letter from
Shaikh of Q^tar again withdrawing his undertaking in no
uncertain terms as the negotiations are terminated and he
proposes to take what steps he considers necessary to deal
with his recalcitrant subjects. Me ends by saying that he
will not be responsible for anything that may now happen.
1 request that imperial Airways and Royal Air
l^orce may be warned not to fly low over i^atar.

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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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