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'File 19/243 IV Zubarah' [‎37r] (73/322)

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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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Extracts from Captain Ranee's noting dated
the 26th April, 1947, on Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. file
No. 21/1.
As regards the present case please see the noting
on this file from N/para 94 onwards and s.97, copy below.
In view of ii«m. 's report (N/para 95 -98) I rang up the Adviser
on 22.4. '47, and asked him what were the facts of the case as
he knew them. He replied that H.H. had ordered the arrest
and detention of Jasim bin Muhd.
I informed the Adviser that I did,not wish to go into
the merits of the case at the moment, since it was obviously
for you to do that on your return, but I told him I thought
that you, as P.A., might well object to the arrest and detention
of a messenger from H.TC. the Shaikh of Qatar without prior
reference to the p.A. The Adviser then said that H.H. had
told him before leaving the Adviserate that morning, that the
man might be released if the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. wished this to be done, and
the Adviser said this would be done, but suggested I should
write to him about it. I made it quite clear to the Adviser
that there was no question of my insisting on the man being
released, but gave it as my opinion that in the circumstances
it would be desirable. I then wrote the request (3.99) which
has apparently upset H.H. I am afraid I can see nothing
objectionable in it myself.

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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' [‎37r] (73/322), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/372, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 16 November 2019]

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