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'File 19/243 I (C 69) Zubarah' [‎52r] (114/416)

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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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asked his permission to return to Bahrain. But this
sort of allegiance on the part of the Dowasir naturally
gives no claim to the Shaikh of Bahrain to the part of
Hasa occupied by them. The fact that the Shaikh of
qatar takes no taxes from the inhabitants of ziubarah
and does not insist on travel papers perhaps carries
more weight, but appears to me far from conclusive,
and probably merely indicates a desire on his part to
avoid trouble with the Nairn tribe and complications
with the Bahrain Governcnent. This attitude, induced
by considerations of practical convenience, does not
appear to me materially to weaken in principle his
juridical owner eh ip of ^ubareh , Lastly, the Bahrain
Government admit that they do not administer or take
taxes at Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. , In this respect, therefore, their
clfai m is considerably weaker than that in the somewhat
analogous case of Hawar.
11. Persjnally, therefore, I am of the opinion that
juridically the Bahrain cl^im to ^ubaxah must fail.
X2. jprom another and practical point of view His Majesty's
Government, by their endorsement of the '^atar Oil Concession,
would seem to be committed both to the Shaikh of Qatar and to
Petroleum Development (qatar) Limited, to the recognition of
the ownership of ^.ubarah by the Shaikh of c^atar. It may be
possible to surmount this difficulty in view of the Shaikh of
Bahrr-in's readiness to give the assurance referred to in para
graph 4 above.
iS# a political consideration on the Bahrain side is as
follows. /

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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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