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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎26r] (62/444)

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The record is made up of 1 file (212 folios). It was created in 14 Jun 1937-24 Jul 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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Copy of letter No. C/462-4/13 dated the 20th
June 1357 from Captain T. Hickinbotham, I.A., Poli
tical Agent, Bahrain, to Shaikh *Abdullah bin Qassim
Al Thani, C.I.E., Ruler of Qatar.
After Compliments:
I have been desired by His Highness Shaikh Sir
Hamad bin 'Isa al Khalifah, the Ruler of Bahrain, to
address you with regard to the present negotiations
which are taking place between your representatives
and the representatives of His Highness. His Highness
isj as you know, most anxious that the present unfortu
nate difference of opinion with regard to " Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. should
be overcome as soon as possible. He has informed me
that he believes that if there could be a meeting bet
ween his brother Shaikh 'Abdullah bin »Isa and Ijis
eldest son Shaikh Salman bin Hamad and two of your near
relatives such as your brother or your son, an agree-
menfc might be arrived at. He has requested me to put
this matter to you and with the approval of the Honour
able 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. I am now doing so. His
Highness attaches great importance to the place of meet
ing and afeile naturally he realises that you would pro
bably not agree to your relatives coming to Bahrain, he
is not himself agreeable to sending his relatives to
Doha, and has, therefore, suggested that he should send
his representatives to your Coast and hopes that your
representatives would meet them there. The exact point
at which the meeting should take place has not been de
finitely suggested but possibly Khwair would be a con
venient place or if you prefer it, further south towards
Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. .

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File contains correspondence related to hostilities that occurred between the forces of Shaikh Abdullah bin Qassim Al Thani of Qatar and the Al Naim tribe that took place in June and July 1937.

At this time, the Al Naim tribe was 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 did not intervene on their behalf. Hostilities ended in July 1937 and Shaikh Rashid bin Muhammad, Chief of the Al Naim tribe, agreed to recognise the rule of the Al Thani family over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. .

The file also contains a map of Qatar (folio 164) and four aerial photographs of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. (folios 160-163).

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1 file (212 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 file. Foliation starts on first page of text, top right hand circled number. Ends on last page in volume. A second foliation penciled, uncircled from folio 1a-209.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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