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'File 19/243 I (C 69) Zubarah' [‎84r] (176/416)

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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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taken place^ end endeavours to prevent Shaikh Nasir bin
Atieh from stating any opinion^or in any way engaging
in the conversations. I am also informed that at this
morning*s conversations Saleh bin Mana stated that he
did not propose to send the Bahrain representatives'
proposals for an agreement to the Shaikh of Qatar as
the ShaiBsh of Qatar certainly not agree to them.
4. Mr. Belgrave informs me that Shaikh 'Abdullah
bin 'Isa and Shaikh Salman bin Hamad have received the
impression that the Qatar representatives are being
locally advised and that they suspect that Mr. E.V.Packer
is the person from whom they are receiving advice. Mr.
Belgrave himself does not consider that there is any
foundation for this opinion.
5. A further meeting is expected to be held between
the representatives^but the day has not yet been fixed
as the Qatar representatives have stated that they are
not ready to decide on what day the further meeting should
take place. The Qatar representatives have said that they
wish to appoint a day.
6. I propose to send for the Qatar representatives
tomorrow and will ask them to let me know how their con
versations are progressing^and if the Bahrain Government
have made any constructive suggestions, and if so^ if these
suggestions of the Bahrain Government have been forwarded
to the Shaikh of Qatar. I also propose to inform Mr.
Packer privately that should the question of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. be
raised any time in conversations between him and Saleh
bin Mana that he should refrain from expressing any opinion
on the subject.
to &JLcL
I have the honour to be.
Jour most obedient servant.

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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.

Physical characteristics

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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