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'File 19/243 I (C 69) Zubarah' [‎41r] (92/416)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (210 folios). It was created in 23 Mar 1937-18 Jun 1937. 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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and appealed to the A1 Khalifah and the other sub-sec
tions of his tribe. The result is known. I consider
that Shaiidi Rashid would have been in order if he had
only made a protest which we could have decided and not
gone further and collected an armed force.
18. The Shaikh of B^r^in was also at fault in send
ing a party of soldiers to plant the Bahrain flag at
Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and to land material for the ostensible pur
pose of repairing the fort. He would have been better
advised if he had confined his activities to asking our
good offices to settle the matter. His delay in with
drawing his soldiers from Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. after being so request
ed by 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. is also to be deprecated.
I am of opinion that many false and lying rumours, some
of them intentional, are at the back of this attitude
and I do not think that His Highness would have personal
ly acted in the way that he appears to have done if he
had not been somewhat overcome by sentimental feeling
for the home of his ancestors.
19. . There are in my opinion two problems to be decided
and they are:-
(a) the ownership of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha.
(b) the nationality of the Na'im tribe.
With regard to (a) I have nothing to say as I have
not had an opportunity of studying the question up-to-date.
The second point regarding the nationality of the
Na'im should not be very difficult to determine. If
Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. belongs to the Shaikh of Bahrain and they live
within the area then they must be subject to his rule,
but whether they belong to Bahrain or whether they belong
to the Shaikh of Qatar as long as they are in the

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This file contains correspondence related to tensions between Bahrain (and the Al Naim tribe) and Qatar concerning the ownership of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. on the Qatar peninsula that took place between March and June 1937.

At this time, the Al Naim tribe were allied to the Al Khalifa ruling family of Bahrain who claimed Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. as a part of their own territory (the family had been based there before their conquest of Bahrain in 1783). The British authorities did not recognise the Al Khalifa's claim to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and mediated between the two sides. The file contains extensive details of this mediation process.

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1 volume (210 folios)

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

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A bound correspondence volume of which the front and back covers have become unattached.

The main foliation sequence starts at the title page and continues through to the 2nd folio from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, circled and can be found in the top right of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

A second foliation sequence, also written in pencil but not circled starts on f.2 and runs to f.204; these numbers can also 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. This system forks on f.30 to form a third foliation sequence, which is out of step with the second sequence due to the fact the 1st folio marked with this sequence is labelled with a range; these numbers are also not circled, written in pencil and can be found in the same position as the other two sequences.

Foliation Errors: 1A and 1B.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 19/243 I (C 69) Zubarah' [‎41r] (92/416), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/369, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 December 2019]

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