'File 19/169 III (C 80) Bahrain Reforms'

IOR/R/15/1/344

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The record is made up of 1 volume (187 folios). It was created in 28 Dec 1938-24 Sep 1941. 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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This file contains correspondence regarding a number of topics including the role of the youth in anti-British agitation in Bahrain, anti-British sentiment in the Arabic-language press, attempts to hire an appropriate official to draw up criminal and penal codes for Bahrain, the suspected anti-British activities of Shaikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa's oldest brother, Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, discussions regarding the rising level of local resentment towards Shaikh Hamad's adviser, Charles Belgrave and the movements of an individual named Ali Bin Khalifa Al Fadl (who had been previously been deported from Bahrain for sedition and was seeking to return to the country).

The file also contains a list of ideas on how to expand the Bahraini economy (composed by 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. in Bahrain, Hugh Weightman). The ideas proposed included the establishment of a concrete manufacturing plant, a rationalisation of the fishing industry, the development of a mother-of-pearl button industry and improvements in agriculture.

The file also contains occasional references to the existence of Pan-Arab sentiment in Bahrain, notably concerning the situation in Palestine.

Extent and format
1 volume (187 folios)
Arrangement

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

Physical characteristics

A bound correspondence volume. The main foliation system starts on the 1st page and continues through to the 3rd folio from the back of the volume. This sequence is written in pencil and can be found 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 second foliation system (73-221) commences on f.71 and finishes on f.179. It paginates pages where text is present on both sides of the folio. This sequence is also written in pencil but is not circled; it can be located in the same position as the main foliation system. Foliation errors: 1, 1A, 1B, 1C.

An index of the topics contained in the file is contained on f.1b.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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Archival file

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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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IOR/R/15/1/344
Former external reference(s)
A Series: 19/196 III Confidential Series: C 80

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28 Dec 1938-24 Sep 1941 (CE, Gregorian)

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