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'Historical Summary of Events in the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1928-1953: Appendices, Genealogical Tables' [‎140v] (67/142)

The record is made up of 1 volume (65 folios). It was created in c 1953. It was written in English. 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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(Paragraph 215)
The Kuwait Nationality Law of 1948
We Ahmad al Jabir al Sabah, Amir of Kuwait,
After having perused our Order No. 1 of 1948, have ordered the following: —
Article I
The undermentioned will be considered to be Kuwaiti nationals by virtue of
the law: —
1. Members of the Ruling Family.
2. Any person considered, on the date of issue of this law, a Kuwaiti
subject, by virtue of permanent residence in Kuwait since 1899, and who has
continued to reside in Kuwait up to the date of publication of this law.
Article II
The following will be considered Kuwaiti subjects: —
1. Any person born in, or outside, Kuwait of a Kuwaiti father.
2. Any person born in, or outside, Kuwait of a Kuwaiti mother so long
as his relation to his father has not been legally established.
3. Any person born in Kuwait of unknown parents. A foundling in
Kuwait is considered to be born in Kuwait unless the contrary is proved.
4. Any person born in Kuwait whose father was born in Kuwait, provided
that the nationality of the father was that of a country whose nationals are
subject to the jurisdiction of the Ruler of Kuwait and the majority of whose
inhabitants speak Arabic or are Moslems.
Article III
•^ n ^ 0ne ^. orn ^ ^ uwa it, of parents who are foreigners but whose usual
residence at his majority was in Kuwait, is considered a Kuwaiti provided he
relinquishes his original nationality and decides to opt for Kuwait Nationality
within one year of attaining his majority.
Whoever satisfied the conditions laid down in the preceding paragraph, but
was prevented from making a decision within the appropriate period of time may
apply to the Chief of the Security Department for permission to make such a
decision It is probable that he will be granted permission on proof of prevention
provided that the period of delay does not exceed one year. The Chief of the
Public Security Department may also allow whoever satisfied the above -mentioned
conditions before the publication of this Order to benefit by the foreeoin^ Order
during a period of one year following the publication of this Order. ^
Article IV
Naturalisation confers on its holder the quality of being a Kuwaiti and this
naturalisation may be granted by a decree to every foreign adult who has made
his permanent residence in Kuwait for a period of at least ten v^rc nas , ma 5 le
satisfies the following conditions:— ten years and who
1. Good conduct.
2. Means of earning his livelihood.
3. Knowledge of the Arabic language.
Article V
conditions ra iaid t Xwn a fn b fh| r previous arttde 6 nm''[rH'h" Who satisries the
and has obtained permission to reside in Knwaif . r ^ eslres naturalisation
for a period of at least 5 vears fmm ' a f nd u in fact ' . has resided Kuwait
permission will be void if the apnlicant fJkV , pe / mit - Nevertheless, this
five years or if he applies and his application is reverted llaturaIisation within

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Appendices to IOR/R/15/1/731(1). The appendices relate to the chapter on general matters, and to the chapters on Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the Trucial States, and Muscat. Also includes genealogical tables of Ruling Families in the Gulf at the end of the volume and (separately filed) further handwritten genealogical tables.

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1 volume (65 folios)

There is a list of contents at the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 110 on the front cover and terminates at 176 on the last of the loose folios stored in polyester sheets. These numbers are written in pencil, are enclosed in a circle, and appear in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. The foliation sequence is a continuation of that in the main part of the document - IOR/R/15/1/731(1).

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'Historical Summary of Events in the Persian Gulf Shaikhdoms and the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, 1928-1953: Appendices, Genealogical Tables' [‎140v] (67/142), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/731(2), in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 7 April 2020]

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