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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎4r] (7/322)

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The record is made up of 1 file (161 folios). It was created in 14 Dec 1946-28 Aug 1948. 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 No•36/1366, dated the 10th iffuharram,
1366 (2«12« *46), from His Highness the Ruler of Bahrain,
to Lt-col. A.C. Galloway, 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. , Bahrain*
I inform you that last year I received information
that one of our subjects from Al-Bu-Romaih tribe went to
Shaikh of Qatar for an agreement (permission) for them to
go to Qatar together with their families and boats which
have been registered in Bahrain, but that (information)
could not be properly confirmed to me* These days, some
20 days ago, some of them (Al-Bu-Rumaih) went to Shaikh of
Qatar asking him to settle (them) at Qatar. Twelve days
ago they went from our village ummul-Hasam in four boats
to Bander ummul-Maa, which is one of the ports belonging to
our state Zobarah. This latter has been under our disposal
since a long time* They landed there with their luggage with
the intention of settling there* As Your Honour is aware
that this port is one of our properties,that they went without
our consent and that the Shaikh of Qatar has settled them in
it (Bander Uinmul Maa), to which we do not agree*
Firstly; that it is our port, and since a long time no one
has been settling in it without our consent* We
have in our possession ownership documents for it,
which you saw on the day of our interview with you*
Secondly; that they went without our consent, so we request
you to remove them from those places which are our own proper

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This file contains correspondence about on-going tensions between Bahrain and Qatar regarding the ownership of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. after the Al Khalifa and Al Thani families had signed an agreement (mediated by the British) in 1944. The correspondence discusses disagreements between Bahrain and Qatar concerning their interpretation of the wording of the 1944 agreement and also the emigration of the Al Bu Rumaih tribe from Bahrain to Qatar (without permission of the ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa).

On folios 8-4, the file contains a summary of all the key events related to the dispute over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. from 1766 until 1946.

A small sketch map of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and the surrounding area is contained on folio 117.

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1 file (161 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Formerly a correspondence file bound with treasury tags, the file's pages have been unbound and are now loose.

There are three incomplete foliation sequences and one complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins on the front cover, on number 1, and runs through to 161, ending on the inside of the back cover of the file.

f.117 is stored in an envelope (f.116).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎4r] (7/322), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/372, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 November 2019]

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