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'File 19/243 II (C 72) Zubarah' [‎182r] (378/444)

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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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Secretary of State for mdia, Loixion,
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. , Bushire •
Government of India, External Affairs
Department, Simla.
jfolitical Agent, Bahrain.
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Dated 15th received 16th JULY 1937.
Your telegram imo .7 i 5 of July 9th. ZUBARA.
His Majesty 1 s Government agree that they are
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competent authority. They are aiixious hoiisever not to give
Shaikh of Bahrain impression that they admit he has a prima
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facie claim ^incidentally this would logically involve
them in restraining Shaikh of Qatar from any action at
Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. until claim has "been adjudicated). Ihey therefore
feel that reply should be on the following lines.
His Majesty*s Government is ultimate authority
for deciding questions regarding ownership between Shaikhs.
They are of course always ready to listen *to any representa
tions which Shaikh of Bahrain may wish to submit on any
matter which he regards as affecting his interests but in the
meantime they feel compelled to point out that so long ago
as 1875 isee your telegram Mq,6QQ of July 4th) Shaikh of
Bahrain was informed that he should dissever himself entirely
from affairs of Qjatar including Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. . 'ihey accordingly
regret with reference to letter from Shaikh referred to in
paragraph 2 of your telegram of July 4th that they are not
prepared to intervene between Shaikh of Qatar and the mim
tribe •
3. /

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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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