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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎57r] (119/472)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (233 folios). It was created in 17 Nov 1939-16 Nov 1946. It was written in English, Arabic and Persian. 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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affoi^ Military support. 1 attach a translation in English
of the letter 1 asked the Governor to send me in
confirmation. His latest information he had obtained by
telephone enquiry himself from the Customs post, where he
said the only occupantj a customs farraj&s» declared he had
just seen the ^rabs and was about to run away himself.
1 accordingly passed on this report and
request to the officer Comnanding Military and ^aval officer
in charge i«aval .aase, stating that i- would try to verify the
information and discover exactly where the Arab force was, 1
^ave it as my opinion that though i- could not vouch for
numbers it certainly seemed that something really ^as happen
ing, and it might be well to taxe precautions whilst it was
yet daylight, it seemed possible that Arabs might be
collecting in the vicinity with the intention of carrying
out a raid after dark.
Xhe Officer Commanding decided to send across
one Company of ^umaon Hifles from Abadan to supplement the
platoon of Hyderabad otate forces which it had already been
arranged, in conjunction with the i*avy, should come to
^horramshahr from sunset to sunrise since the incident of
the 12th. A decond company of Kumaonis and another platoon of
Hyderabads followed later. The first company arrived just
as darkness set in and took up positions covering the
European residential quarter and the town, shortly after the
Chief of ^innieh returned, having posted him men in the -ustoms
-ost, with the report that he could find no trace of ^ny party
of Arabs. It was thought possible they might have moved
northbf the Customs post and lain up somewhere, i-he night,
however, passed ofi without incident, except for four
isolated shots at various intervals from the Iraq side of
the ^hatt-al -Arab, and ^hich have not yet been explained as
far as 1 am aware.
in the morning, a reconnaisance by air and a
motor patrol of a detachment of some 40 Gurkhas from Basra
was undertaken, it was decided not to patrol from this are3,
to avoid possibility of confusion, until the evening when die
Mimaonis carried out a motor patrol in front oi -^horramshahr
to the frontier.
x^o traces of Arab gatherings or unusual
numbers were discovered. i<or any persons carrying ar as.
During the morning of the ICth i^-ajor ue^cock,
Area liaison Officer,^huaistan, and myself carried out
exhaustive enquiries into the origin of the reports, i had
arranged the night before with the Governor that the -nj ci oi
Amnieh, with four of his men, the shaikh and the taxi-driversj
who had brought news and whom the Governor had said were in
police custody pending investigations, should meet us ana go
in cars to the place where the ^rabs had been sighted.
intantion was to inspect the ground and if no tracks ^
found to demand their explanation tor their lalse reports.
Accordingly at 6-30 a .m. kajor Jeacock and ^i
waited at the rendezvous but no party materialised. At 6-4^
a.ou i sent round to the ^mnieh ^nd was ooii that the Chief
had gone out on inspection. Thereupon i telephoned the
Governor and he assured me that four n^jiieh with the Shaikh
were on their way and would be there within ten minutes.
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The volume contains correspondence pertaining to the relatives of the late Shaikh of Khuzestan, Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī. The correspondents include the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bahrain, 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. at Kuwait, Government of India, Foreign Office, 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. , British Ambassador in Tehran, British Ambassador in Baghdad, Middle East Office at Cairo, British Consul General at Ahwaz, Vice Consul at Korramshahr, and two of Khaz‘al's sons, Abdullah [‘Abdullah bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī] and Chassib [Jāsib bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī].

The matters covered in the volume include:

  • compensation to be paid to the heirs of Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait and Sheikh Khaz‘al for taxes [ istiḥlāk ] paid on estates that they should have been exempt from;
  • the intrigues and actions of Khaz‘al's sons, ‘Abdullah and Jāsib, including small-scale incursions into Khuzistan [Khūzestān] from Iraq and attempts to garner Arab and British support for their return to power in Khuzistan;
  • where to settle ‘Abdullah after his return from Persia.

Folios 64-69 are letters in Arabic, signed by several of the heads of leading Arab families in the region, petitioning the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. for help against Persian oppression.

Folios 214-228 are internal office notes.

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1 volume (233 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: There is an incomplete foliation sequence and a complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 228. There are the following irregularities: folio 1 is followed by folio 1A. It should be noted that folio 67 is contained in an envelope which is attached to the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 66, and folios 71-72 are in an envelope which is attached to the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 70.

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English, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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