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'File II. IRAQ (3) Vol. 2 Shaikh of Kuwait's Date Gardens on the Shatt-al Arab' [‎216r] (433/682)

The record is made up of 1 volume (338 folios). It was created in 14 Aug 1904-18 Aug 1920. 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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thQ origin*,Is) of the anls-dsols of the F»d&»giy» proparty
and it will anffico if the following; points from thorn are
no tod: —
(a) T-aat ilia Fadiiaejiya property waa auaxwd Jay varioxio
raanbara of tae az-^TUiair family and there fora fonr
aoparata salj-doeda bec&ne nesoaaary*
(b) That tha purchase by Sheikk l/ ibarak waa corsTlot^
-ad on tka 2 l 3 t Monarrom 1.327 x^ta Fabrnary li*
part of t^.a price bein^ paid on the apot in o&sn and
part by drafts doe at v&rioaa dateOf which the Sheikh
informs mo havo all since been cashed*
(o) That one Abdnl *>ahab al-Kirtas acted in all except
one case as attorney of tne vendors *
(d) That in each salo-doed is contained a condition
that the vendor or his attorney Abdnl tfahab shall
arrange for the noc*.^sary transfers in v -i*o rcgiiters
of the hand Revenue Office (ti&e Tapti Office) of t^e
Basra Vilayet •
(a) Th-^t SAeikn Idabarak entered into possession from
the date of the purchase*
| # if appears that Immediately after t^e sau v«JLoh
took place In the time of Mahrum llzfendi as ^ali* Ablnl
mahab al-Kirtas applied for the necessary transfer in the
Land Registers to do made to >hoiJch >dbarak ? a name • The
transfer was refused ey the Superintendent of Tapu
Office and^#ahab accordingly on the ^th Shabat ^2nd
Pebrupry i> 0 >) oomrlainai by letter to the all of uis sub-
-ordinate 1 s dilatorinese* From a copy (which the Sheikh
has apparently succeeded in securing) of the orders and
remarks passed on this petition it appears taat the ^ali,
yiahrum Kf fondi, forwarded tne petition for rem 5.rks to tne
subordinate concerned^ who replied on tue same date that
a telegram from the Ministry of the Interior at Constantin-

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes, relating to three main topics.

The first main topic discussed is the Shaikh of Kuwait's date gardens on the Shatt al-Arab (ff 3-162). The discussion in the volume relates to the Shaikh's concern about the repair of embankments and the actions of Turkish soldiers in dismantling the embankments in proximity to their fort. Included in the volume is a hand-drawn plan (folio 135) of the fort, garden, embankments and marshlands in relation to the Shatt al Arab waterway.

The second main topic discussed is registration of Shaikh Mubarak's property at Faddaghiya (ff 163-311). The volume includes the Arabic version with English translation (ff 165-182) of the preliminary agreement between Shaikh Mubarak al-Sabah and Abdul Wahab bin Qirtass concerning 'the property known as Fadhagiya' as well as the final deed relating to the purchase. Also included is an Arabic copy (folio 251) of 'receipts passed for land revenue paid by Shaikh Mubarak on his Faddaghiya estate'.

The third main topic discussed is the dismissal of the Mudir of Fao for overstepping his authority.

The principal correspondents in the volume include 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 (Stuart George Knox; William Henry Irvine Shakespear); 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 Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Percy Zachariah Cox); the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department (Sir Louis Dane); the First Assistant Resident, Bushire; HBM's Consul at Basrah; and the Ruler of Kuwait (Shaikh Mubarak bin Sabah al-Sabah).

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1 volume (338 folios)

The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 340; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

Pagination: the file also contains a hand written pagination sequence (ff 3-339).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File II. IRAQ (3) Vol. 2 Shaikh of Kuwait's Date Gardens on the Shatt-al Arab' [‎216r] (433/682), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/5/6, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 February 2020]

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