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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎31r] (61/322)

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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 dated the 7th Jamadah
Awwal, 1366 (28.3.'47), from the Ruler of Qatar 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.
In reply to Your Excellency f s letter Fo.c/314
dated the 3th March, 1947 (16th Rabi al-Thani, 1366),
in connection with paragraph 2 of your Excellency's
f o *.» /H
letter No .c/187 of the 13th February, 1947, it may
be presumed that you have understood the situation as
explained fully to you in our letter dated the 3rd
Rabi Al Thani, 1366 (23.2. *47) from which you have
realised the real situation, and appreciated that it
is not possible nor permissible to us to break a v /ord
we have already given to a noble tribe which cane to
us nor could we remove them from a dwelling place which
we have given them, because of the duties of our status
and it is our duty to observe them. We are confident
that you will maintain the attitude which we have taken
in this case, and give no chance to anyone to affect
the official position and the dignity of our office.
As regards the friendly mutual relations our position
is as explained in our letter of the 3rd Rabi Al Thani,
1366. ■ ' .
......... ^
NS.

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

Physical characteristics

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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