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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎6r] (11/322)

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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.35/1366, dated loth
Muharraa 1366 (2?(4).i2-46) from His Highness the HUler
of Bahrain to the 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.
A^ter compliments:
I inform you that we received information last
year to the effect that one of our subjects of the
Buromaih tribe went to the Shaikh of Qatar to make an
agreement for the tribe to migrate to Qatar and settle
there with their families and boats, which latter have
been registered in Bahrain. This information has not
properly been confirmed to us. Recently, 20 days ago,
some of them did go to the Shaikh of Qatar asking him to
settle them in Qatar. Twelve days ago they moved in four
boats fron our village Utamul-Hasam and went to Bander ummul
i aa, which is one of the ports belonging to Zobara, which has
boo u*d«r our disposal since a long time. They landed there
and unloaded their luggage with the intention of settling.
Your Honour is aware that this port belongs to Zobara, and
triat they virent without our consent, where the shaikh of
^atar has (allowed them) to settle, we do not approve of it.
rirstlys that it is one of Zobara's ports, where, for
a long time, no one might live without our consent, and for
which we possess title-deeds which you have seen on the day
of our interview with you.
Secondly: that they went without our consent, so
we request their removal from those places and properties
which we regard specially.
Usual ending.

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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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