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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎44r] (98/444)

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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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f»tion of letter dated the ISth Rabi Thani
1556 (=21 st June 1937) from Shaikh Abdullah bin Oassim
a! Tbani, 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. ,
After ^conplimentSe , uV
At a best hour I had the pleasure of receiving
your esteemed letter dated the 11th ®abi Thani 1556
eauivalent to the 20th June 1957 and noted what was
it- - '
mentioned you especially that His Highness Shaikh
Hamad bin ®Isa al Khalifah^ Ruler of Bahrain, has re—
a uested you to address me about the present negotiations
between His Highness 9 and ray representatives. That
His Highness is anxious that the present difference
over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. should be overcome as speedily as possible.
That His Highness has informed you that he believes if
there had been a meeting between his brother Shax^ih
* Abdullah bin 'Isa and his elder son Shaikh Salman
bin Hamad and two of my near relatives such as ngr son
and brother, an agreement might be arrived at. That
he has requested you to submit this matter to me and
that he does not agree to the coming of his relatives
to Doha as I also do not agree that my relatives should
come to Bahrain. That he has suggested to send his
relatives to ray coast to meet my relatives there. That
the suggested place for holding the meeting may be
Khuwair or Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. .
These two places are not suitable for the meeting
at present. If His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin 9 Isa, Ruler
of Bahrain, likes to send his relatives referred to
above for discussion over the question of Eubarah with
ny relatives, we, in order to restore the friendship
and to preserve the old amity and 'bon voisinage'>
agree to this if he agrees. The place for the meeting

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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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