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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎42r] (94/444)

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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 the 5th RaM al Thani
1356 (=14th June 19S7) from Shaikh 'Abdullah bin Qassim
al Thani, C.I.E., Ruler of Qatar, to the 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. ,
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I beg to state to you with regard to the question
, ...
of Rashid bin Muhannnad and his followers. You are aware
that they are w subjects and under me formerly and newly
and they are from Qatar tribes; there are clear proofs in
this connection. I have explained clearly about this and
waited all this time with a hope that their return may be
obtained in a satisfactory way, that they should submit

to me and return as they were, obey my orders and avoid
useless things which do not conern them in a peaceful way
for the sake of their safety and peace for all. Rut I do
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not see but my toleration would increase their arrogance
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and declaration of hostility against me. Why they should
show hostility to me and spoil my subjects when they are
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my subjects. Now the case had reached to a stage where no
toleration could be expected. I am better aware of my
subjects and of wcountry. If they submit to peace between
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me and them then I wish them safety and if they refuse to
anything but dsstest and corrupt ion and continue making dis
turbances as they do now I shall be conroelled to make them
return to my submission and obedience by any means by the
strength of God. But the people of Bahrain always send
them helps in any way even arms which they collect from
everywhere inside and outside and send to Nairn. And to any
foreign subject they come across they give him money and /
send him secretly. I have heard that they sent certain
subjects of Bahrain etc. to Nairn to instigate subjects
to raise against me and to fight with me. I therefore

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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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