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'Interview with Sherif Feisal' [‎14r] (2/10)

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The record is made up of 1 file (4 folios). It was created in 30 Dec 1918. It was written in English. 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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1. Sherif Feisal, accompanied by Lieutenant-
'-olonel i. a .Lawrence, visited the 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. on
Friday the ?7th December, 1916, and was entertained
at tea by the Secretary of State. During some
preliminary oonrereation in Mr. Montagu*e room,
in which only the Secretary of State, Sir T.
Holdernesa and Sir J. Dunlop-Sraith took part, the
Sherif dwelt upon the solidarity of the Arab movement
and the essential unity of the Arab race, A more
general discussion followed at which Lord Islirurton.
Sir A. Hirtzel, Sir Hamilton Grant, and Mr. Shuckbur^i
were present in addition to those already n^med.
Colonel Lawrence interpreted throu^Jiout for Sherif
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Feisal.
Bin Sand, The Sherif discuseed the
relations between Bin Saud f Emir of Kejd t and the
Hejaz authorities. He explained the nature of the
Wahabi moTement, of which Bin Saud is the figure-head
and the leading spirit. From the point of view of
doctrine, he has no objection whatever to Wahabism.
But it is essentially a militant creed, and is being
made to serve political ends. The /ahabis are
intolerant of anybody and everything outside their own
sect. If, for example, they rained possession of the
Holy Places, they would exclude all non- Tkhabis from
the pil^rima^e. So Ion# as Wahabisrn was confined to
Nejd,

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This printed memorandum, authored by John Evelyn Shuckburgh, dated 30 December 1918, concerns a meeting at the 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. , London, between Sir Edwin Samuel Montagu, Secretary of State, and Shaikh Feisal [Fayṣal bin Ḥusayn al-Hāshimī], accompanied by Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence acting as interpreter, on 27 December 1918. The meeting was also attended by Sir Thomas Holderness and Sir James Dunlop-Smith, as well as Lord Islington, Sir Frederic Arthur Hirtzel, and Sir Hamilton Grant. Subjects of discussion included relations with Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Saud)], Emir of Nejd [Najd] and the nature of the Wahabi [Wahhabi] movement; Syria and the circumstances of the Arab Revolt of 1916; and Palestine and the Zionist movement.

There is a pencil note in the top right hand corner of folio 1 that reads: 'Sir A. Grant. Do you think this is a fair representation of what Feisal said?' signed J E S and dated 30 December. This is followed by a note in the top center of the folio that reads: 'Yes. Excellent, I think', signed A H G and dated 31 December.

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Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at folio 14 and terminates at folio 17, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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