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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎140r] (279/508)

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The record is made up of 1 file (252 folios). It was created in 15 Mar 1942-17 Aug 1948. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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Petition of Khuzi stan Shaikhs ■> 12th iiay 194^,
Since the entry of British victorious forces into Iran the under
signed tribal chiefs have more than once petitioned to numerous British
Government representatives, the last of whom wan Major Jeacock who met us
at Manyuohi and promised that our petitions will be dealt with in due course
out unfortunately so far we heard nothing in this respect.
However, since we are very much anxious to have a paramount
chief of our own we wish to bring to your kind notice that Shaikh Chassib
Khaz all who had a good experience in tribal administration during >
his late father’s ruling and the fact that Sheikh Chassib was for 15 years
m Europe particularly in England and knows more than anybody else in this
country about the manners of English people, we therefore have unanimously
elected him as our paramount chief and leader.
. Under these circumstances we earnestly request you to forward our
application to the British authorities concerned in whose goodwill and
sympathy towards us we have much confidence and certain that our case will
receive every support by them.
12th May,
Signed by:
Sayed Alwan Baat
Shaikh Madkhoor s/o Sheikh Huhaisen.
Sheikh Faleh s/o Safayeh.
Hajji Salman s/o Nasir
Sheikh Serloan s/o Shayeh.
Sheikh Haji Matook Lefteh.
Sheikh Abbas Sultan.
Sheikh Abbood al Nassir.
Sheikh Habib s/o Mohammed Ohanan,
Sheikh Faisal Ismail al Nasih.
Sheikh Hajiali al Faisal.
Sheikh Hat am Muhaisen.
Sheikh Tiryakbakhakh.
Sheikh Najssir Haji Sultan.
Sheilch Muhalhil Assaf,
Sheikh Abdul Imam Alwan,
Ghalib Sallar.
Sheikh Sultan al Ghadban.
Sayed Fayas s/o Sayed Issa.
Sheilch Mulla s/o Jabir.
Sheikh Shari s/o Husaan.
Sheikh Muzail s/o Ahmed.
Sheikh Sultan Sangoor.
Sheikh Salman al Ghullaim.
Sheilch Majeed Ainas sir*
Sheilch Sadoon al Majid.
Sheikh Abbas al Sabook.
Sheikh Abdul Hussain Faisali,
Sheikh Mustafa Qayaen.
Sheilch Majeed Bakhalch.
Sheikh Had ad al Hadi.
Haraj s/o Faraj.
Sheikh Hairdd al Hukamis.
Sheikh Fazalal Matook.
Sheilch Yari Ishalc.
Milrban iacoob.
Sheilch Abdullah Haji Halayel.

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This file relates to the heirs of Shaikh Khaz‘al [Khaz‘al bin Jabir bin Merdaw Āl Ka‘bī], the late Arab Shaikh of Mohommerah [Khorramshahr], and their requests for British assistance.

The first few items of correspondence concern Shaikh Khaz‘al's eldest son, Shaikh Chassib bin Khaz‘al [Shaikh Chassib bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī], who is now living in Iraq and who is reported to have requested permission from the British Embassy at Baghdad to enter Iran (most of the correspondence in this file refers to Iran as Persia), for the purpose of personally pressing his claims to property belonging to his father, which had been sequestered by the late Shah [Reza Shah Pahlavi].

The remainder of the file relates to Shaikh Chassib's brother, Shaikh Abdullah bin Khaz‘al [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī], and his wish to return to live in Persia, apparently peacefully, which is treated with suspicion by British officials. Much of the correspondence discusses whether Shaikh Abdullah, who has taken refuge in Kuwait after an unsuccessful attempt to return to live in Persia, should be given a British pension or an allowance, in order to prevent him from attempting to return to Persia, since it is deemed unlikely that he will receive any compensation from the Persian Government for the loss of his father's property.

Also included in the file are a copy of a document from the Combined Intelligence Centre, Iraq, entitled 'The Sheikhdom of Mohammerah A Short History' and a Foreign Office report entitled 'British Relations with Khazal, Sheikh of Mohammerah'.

The principal correspondents are the following: 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. , Kuwait; 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; the British Consul, Khorramshahr; the 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. ; the Secretary of State for India; the Foreign Office; His Majesty's Ambassador, Tehran; His Majesty's Ambassador, Baghdad; the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmed al Jabir As-Subah [Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ]; Shaikh Abdullah bin Khaz‘al.

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1 file (252 folios)

The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. Circled serial numbers (red for received correspondence; blue/black for issued correspondence) refer to entries in the notes at the rear of the volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 254; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Additional foliation sequences, one of which is written in pencil and not circled (between ff 3-131 and ff 143-224), and one of which is written in pencil and circled (between ff 1-253), have been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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