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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎39r] (88/444)

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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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Translation of letter dated g9th Rabi Awwal
1556(9.6.^7) from Shaikh Abdullah bin Qassim al Thani,
C .l.E., Ruler of Qatar, to Captain T. Hickinbotham,
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Bahrain. ' I
After compliments;
I* have the honour to bring to your kind notice
the question of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. . I have repeatedly pointed
out to you ny disapproval of the encroachment done to
us by the Bahrain people by their imaginary claim which
has neither set upon a foundation nor is according to
any rule of intellect and logic. This is the claim
which they created about Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. which is my land and one
of the Qatar Coasts. You asked me when you visited Dohah
to send two representatives in order to negotiate and
investigate the case of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. with the representatives
of His Highness the Ruler of Bahrain. I was quite cer
tain that there was no necessity for negotiation in
a clear matter but I could not disagree with your wishes.
And in accordance with your desire, I sent my two rep
resentatives to Bahrain for negotiation under your super-
vision. My representatives produced ititidctmck evident
proof that Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. is an inseparable part of Qatar
territory. In conclusion proposals were put forward
by the representatives of His Highness the Ruler of
Bahrain to which form I could not agree as I considered
it the very claim created by them, but being anxious
to preserve the friendship existing between me and
His Highness the Ruler of Bahrain and in order to stren
gthen the neighbourly relations I inserted certain modi
fications and submitted them as explained to you in
the modifications. I pointed out to you and I also
wrote to the Honourable 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. that
that was the extreme limit possible for the agreement
but/-

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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)
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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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