Ext 5050/43 ‘Formation of an Arab Centre in the Middle East for providing selected British officers with knowledge of Arabic, Arab countries and Middle East problems’

IOR/L/PS/12/857

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The record is made up of 1 file (93 folios). It was created in 17 Sep 1943-5 Jan 1948. 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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The file contains papers regarding the establishment of the Middle East Centre of Arabic Studies at Jerusalem and the appointment of Bertram Sidney Thomas as its first director; the purpose of the Centre was to provide training in Arabic and the ‘Arab Countries’ to British personnel for wartime and post-war administrative, diplomatic, and military demands in the Middle East. It also contains information on the Centre's early syllabus, some details of its students, and discussion related to desirability of recruiting its graduates to the Indian Political Service for service in the 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. .

For information related to the syllabus see f 25, ff 32-42, and ff 55-71.

For information related to the students see ff 26-27, ff 29-30, and ff 72-75.

The main correspondents are as follows: the 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. 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. (Sir Geoffrey Prior), officials of 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. (Roland Tennyson Peel and Francis Anthony Kitchener Harrison), and representatives of the Government of India.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (93 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 95; 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.

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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/L/PS/12/857
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Ext 5050/43

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17 Sep 1943-5 Jan 1948 (CE, Gregorian)

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Ext 5050/43 ‘Formation of an Arab Centre in the Middle East for providing selected British officers with knowledge of Arabic, Arab countries and Middle East problems’, British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/857, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100000000517.0x0003c6> [accessed 26 March 2019]

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