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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎59v] (118/328)

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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Of the tribes mentioned above the Hamaidat and the
Mahandah appear to be peculiar to Qatar. The settled
population of ^ Qatar—that, namely, of the towns of
Dohah and Wakrah and of the villages of Dha'ain
Dhakhirah, Abu Dhaluf, Fuwairat, Hadiyah, Khor
Hasan, Lusail, Ruwais, ithor Shaqiq and Sumaismah,
together with a few families of negro gardeners at 2 or 3
small gardens in the interior—cannot be far short of
27,000 souls and a feature has been the marked increase
m the number of Persians since the war, particularly at
■Uohah. A considerable proportion of the settled tribes
oi Qatar go into camp in the interior in winter with their
noeks and herds.
The Bedouins properly belonging to Qatar are the
fiA 1 * an ^ sma ^ Ka'aban tribe of whom about
b0 tamines usually roam there. A large body of the
a irn o Trucial 'Oman, however, have become detached
r0 i n ^ P ar ent stock and now fluctuate between Bahrein
ajid Qatar. Qatar is also visited by Al Murrah from
asa an ^ in the cold weather by Manasir from Trueial
quently' " t00 are soinet i m es seen, but not fre-
InJilo inh D b !3 tan - ts Q atar —whether townspeople, nl-
. 0 f r e< ^ouin are Maliki Sunnis in religion. From
a four ? lust ' ^ owev er, except the Sudan aud
who «r 0 w F a adl 1 ,d ' who are Hanbalis ; the Sadah,
who nro a . n Shafl'is ; the Bahama and Persians,
who arp W ^ i" ni \r but Shi,alls . and the Arabs of Najd
Of their mastera 068 ge,leran y follc " - 4116 rcli « ion

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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).
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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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'Military Report and Route Book. The Arabian States of the Persian Gulf. 1939' [‎59v] (118/328), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C252, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 18 February 2020]

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