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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎134r] (278/444)

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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 SOth Rabi al Than! 1556 (29th
June 1937) from Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani, I
Ruler of Qatar, to Captain 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. ,
^fter Compliments,
With reference to your letter dated the 11th Rabi al
Thani 1356 (20th June 19S7), I accepted the suggestion made
by His Highness the Ruler of Bahrain on the subject of the
meeting of his relatives with mine. This meeting was actually
held, and I did all I could to settle this difference, but we
could not obtain a satisfactory result, I regrefe to inform
you further to my intimation to you in my letter"of 5th Rabi
al Thani 1356 (14th June 1937) that the meeting was dissolved
and the negotiations terminated without result. The
representatives of His Highness the Ruler of Bahrain left after
the negotiations had been terminated and everything ended.
As regards the Nairn who are iry subjects, I have already written
to you sufficiently about them. And now relying on the letters
C p,
dated 9th May 1937 and 30th Safar 1356 (12th May 1937) which
were exchanged between me and you on behalf of 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. regarding the termination of the
undertaking of non-interference with the Nairn on the
termination/ of the negotiations, I therefore do not consider
icyself bound to any undertaking of the sort because that had
ended by the termination of the negotiations. As position
does not allow me to wait further I shall take steps to
rectify the corruption made by m disloyal subjects in any way
that I deem suitable. I am writing this letter for your
information and henceforward I shall not be held responsible
for the steps which I find necessary to take in the present
Usual Ending.

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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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