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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎58r] (115/328)

The record is made up of 1 volume (157 folios and 7 maps in pocket). It was created in 1940. 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.

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(6) Relations with the Trucial Chiefs are friendly,
but those with Bahrein are slightly strained. Sine®
1937, when the Nairn tribe, living in Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. district of
Qatar, agreed to observe the laws of Qatar, the Shiekh
of Bahrein has cancelled the privileged rate of duty
hitherto allowed on goods for Qatar in transit through
Bahrein, and prohibited the entry of Qatar subjects into
his territory. The Sheikh of Bahrein claims sovereignty-
over Zabarah district, a claim not supported by His
Majesty's Government.
4. Administration. —The Sheikh of Qatar is Abdtillah
bin Jasim al Thani, C. I. E., who succeeded his father in
1913. He conducts the administration of the State him
self, assisted by his very influential secretary, Suleh-bin-
Mana, a reasonable and well informed man. The
Sheikh has very little authority over the interior of his
State, which is inhabited by migratory Bedouins. He is
most anxious for close co-operation with the British
Government.
Qatar is under the political control of the Political
Agent at Bahrein, but unlike Bahrein 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.
has no judicial powers there over foreign subjects.
5. British Influence. —Responsibility for the foreign
relations of Qatar rests with the Government of India,
subject to the ultimate control of His Majesty's Govern
ment. Qatar is in the charge of 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. at
Bahrein.
By the treaty of the 3rd November. 1916, between His
Majesty's Government and the Sheikh of Qatar, thy
Sheikh was guaranteed protection from attack by sea,
his foreign relations were the concern of the British Gov
ernment, and he was precluded from granting oil con
cessions without their consent. In 1922, and again in
1930, the Sheikh desired to enter into some closer agree
ment, but it was not until 1934, that a further guarantee
was given.
This guarantee was given in March, 1934, on condition
that the Sheikh granted the oil concession to Petroleum
Concessions, Ltd., and not (in conformity with Ibn
Saud's wishes) to the American company operating

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This volume contains geographical information and maps about the Arabian States of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . It was produced by the General Staff, India, and printed by the Manager, Government of India Press, Simla, 1940.

The volume is divided into two sections: 'Military Report' including general descriptions of Kuwait, Bahrein, Hasa, Qatar, the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , Muscat and Oman (folios 6-127) and 'Routes' (folios 128-164) including maps of:

and sketches of:

  • Bahrein Oil Company's area and important places (f 163);
  • Sharjah and Dibai [Dubai] (f 158).
Extent and format
1 volume (157 folios and 7 maps in pocket)
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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 front cover, on number 1, and ends on the last of several maps which are stored in a pocket at the back of the volume, on number 164.

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