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‘Administration report of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for 1888-89.’ [‎50v] (9/60)

The record is made up of 1 volume (29 folios). It was created in 1889. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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ADMINISTRATION REPORT OF THE PERSIAN GULP POLITICAL
23. Shaikh Bashid in August visited Seyyid Peysal bin Turki at Muscat
and received a present of a mare, arms, clothing, and Eupees 1,500 cash.
24. Towards the end of 1888, Shaikh Rashid concluded an alliance with
Ahu-Dhahhi, after which he received a letter from Shaikh Jasim, in which the
latter threatened to invade the Dehaye territory, and so forth.
25. The town of Abu-Dhahhi itself is smaller and less flourishing than the
neighbouring ports of Debaye and Shargah, but the
Abu-Dhabbi. Chief Shaikh Za'eed-bin-Khaleefah, the head of the
numerous Beniyas tribe, is the most important personage in Western 'Oman.
The jurisdiction of this Chief extends along the southern shore of the Persian
Gulf, as far as 'Odeyd, his western limits thus marching with those of El-Katr
and El-Hasa, and numerous Bedouin clans ranging the plains between that
frontier and El-Bereymi are dependents, or allies, of th^ Chief of Abu-Dhabbi.
"Some twelve years back quarrels commenced between the Shaikh of El-Katr,
(Jasim-bin-Mohammed) and the Abu-Dhabbi Chief, and for the feud which
sprang up, and subsequent bloodshed and plundering, I think Shaikh Jasim
was chiefly to blame. During this period of years the contending parties and
their dependent clans and allies have engaged in frequent raids and counter-
raids, after the fashion of Arabs.
26. In March 1888 the Manaseer tribe, dependents of Shaikh Za'eed,
suffered severely from a foray made by Jasim, and the Abu-Dhabbi Chief
prepared to make reprisals on El-Katr.
27. In May Shaikh Za'eed sent a body of 250 Bedouins mounted on
camels, under the leadership of Shaikh Mohammed-bin-Saif, and accompanied
by the Chiefs son, Khaleefah-bin-ZaW, to raid on El-Katr. This force sur
prised the followers of Shaikh Jasim in the vicinity of El-Bidaa, and slew up
wards of thirty men, amongst whom was Ali-bin-Jasim, the favourite and most
promising son of the Katr Shaikh. This occurrence has greatly embittered the
feud, and frustrated any hopes of reconciliation between the rival Chiefs.
28. In the month of August Tahnoon, son of Shaikh Za'eed, proceeded to
Muscat on a visit to Seyyid Feysal, and accompanie d His Highness during his
expedition against Eostak.
29. Border warfare has continued in the stretch of low country between
Katr and Abu-Dhabbi without any signal success to either side. The reports
of the intended advance of a Wahhabi force from Jebel Shammar and Nejd
towards Oman naturally caused apprehensions, but the Beniyas Chief kept a
bold front and was prepared to offer resistance. The alarm has passed away
for the present, but the warfare between Katr and Abu-Dhabbi may possibly
assume a more serious aspect in the near future.
f^/r T ^ e Clll f 1 of Abu - I)h abbi had cause to be displeased with the Na'eem
le (i 01 ™ n i e d-bin-Ali of El-Bereymi), who failed to comply with a summons
to arms and intimated his intention to submit to the expected invading force,
and it was thought that Shaikh Za'eed would attack the Na'eem Shaikh.
31. In January, Shaikh Jasim personally led a force towards 'Oman and
vide Katr. surprised and massacred a number of defenceless
persons, including women and children. This has
exasperated the Beniyas and their allies, who burn to be avenged on their
Hatr enemies.
3.—EL-BAHRAIN.
^hni'Vh a^ 16 noteworthy event of the year in Bahrain was the death of
fron. n m • m ' t t ' y0UDger aild onl y brother of the Chief of Bahrain,
an olfl rw ' )0X 1 tj i, 8 . m0n 'l l October. Shaikh Ahmed, in accordance with
exercised n" 11 m T, 111 ' ea i o y e ^ 0n e-half of the revenues of the islands, and
considerable amount of power and authority. He was a man of

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Administration Report on the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Muscat Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. (no 265, Foreign Department serial no 25) for the year 1888-89, published by Authority and printed by the Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta [Kolkata]. A copy of a letter from Colonel Edward Charles Ross, 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. and Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General for Fars, to Henry Mortimer Durand, Secretary to the Government of India (Foreign Department), dated 21 June 1889, is included in the report (folio 48), the original of which submitted the report to Government, under the following headings:

Part 1 ( General Summary ), submitted by Ross and dated 21 June 1889 (folios 49-57), containing numbered summaries of local political affairs, and incidents or events of particular note for: 1) Oman and Muscat state; 2) Oman pirate coast, including Ras-el-Khaimah [Ra’s al-Khaymah], Umm-el-Kawain [Umm al-Qaywayn], ’Ajman, Shargah, Debaye [Dubai], and Abu-Dhabbi [Abu Dhabi]; 3) El-Bahrain; 4) El-Katr [Qatar]; 5) Nejd and El-Hasa [Al-Hasa]; 6) Fars and the Persian Coast; 7) Persian Arabistan; and 8) Persian Baluchistan. Summaries of official appointments, naval movements, slave trade activity and climatic observations taken at the observatory at Bushire conclude the report. Appendix A is entitled ‘Notes on the “Ibn Rasheed” family of Jebel Shammer, and present position of Mohammed “Ibn Rasheed”’, with a genealogical table of the Rasheed dynasty. Appendix B is a translation of the Shah of Persia’s proclamation of 1888. Appendix C is a copy of the regulations for the navigation of the river Karun. Appendix D contains tabulated meteorological data for the year, supplied by the Bushire observatory.

Part 2 ( Annual Report of the Muscat Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. and Consulate for the Year 1888-89 ), submitted by Lieutenant Wallace Stratton, Her Britannic Majesty’s 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. and Consul at Muscat, containing a summary of affairs at Muscat (folios 58-59), under the headings: political affairs, official changes, and slave trade.

Part 3 ( Report on the Trade of South Persia and Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1888 ), submitted by Ross (folios 60-69). The report comprises a short summary of the year’s trade, with notes on: produce, including grain, opium, tobacco, gum and wool; steamers and freights; imports, including cotton goods, copper, loaf sugar, and petroleum; banking agencies; the opening of the river Karun to navigation; and the pearl fisheries. Appendix A comprises tabulated data on import, exports and revenue, in the Gulf ports and towns of Bushire, Shiraz, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh], Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās], Bahrain and the Arab coast. An index to the trade tables can be found at folio 61v.

Part 4 ( Muscat trade report for the year 1888-89 ), submitted by Stratton and dated 17 May 1889 (folios 70-75), comprising a brief summary of the year’s trade at Muscat, and also containing tabulated data on imports and exports at Muscat (listed by commodity), and the nationality and average tonnage of vessels visiting Muscat.

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1 volume (29 folios)
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The report is arranged into four numbered parts, with lettered appendices containing further reports and statistical data following each part. The General Summary is further organised into numbered sections, and further divided into paragraphs which are also numbered, from 1 to 102.

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Foliation: There is a foliation sequence, which is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio, on number 48, and ends on the last folio, on number 75.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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