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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎48r] (95/411)

The record is made up of 1 file (203 folios). It was created in 28 Jul 1915-30 Jul 1918. It was written in English, French, Arabic and Persian. 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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with the speedy extinction of their
froic all Beaa. Had British ships not been
free to police the Gulf think how the boats
of the divers and tawashes would have fared
this year with the Tangsiris being urged on
by the Gerrmns •
Yusuf Fakhru, who wan sore against the
British owing to his having been fined for
arms running, acted as an agent for the
German in certain political matters. It is
probable that he did not know the extent of
the German plot, or that the Tangsiris were
to be employed to cause trouble here; but he
was also an agent for the Tangsiris and
helped them in their unlawful smuggling
ventures. It therefore became necessary,
on the receipttaf certain information to make
^ and
further enquiries,/! was therefore ordered
to arrest him and send him for enquiry. He
has now signed a bond for R8 .25,000/- under
taking never again to engage in political
intrigues. It is probable that the Resident
will accept this and will send him back at
once. All people should take this warning
to heart. By entering into an intrigue with
the Germans he was endangering his own
country and the trade of all merchants here.
It was only by the vigilance of the British
that this evil was averted. Thank God there
is still peace in Bahrain. Let all people
be careful that they do nothing to endanger
this.
This is what had to be said may you be
preserved and salams.

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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.

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This file contains correspondence between the British 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 Bahrain and the British Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushire, as well as Sheikh ‘Isā bin ‘Alī Āl Khalifah, ruler of Bahrain, and Sheikh Qāsim bin Mahzā’, Qāḍī of Bahrain.

The correspondence concerns the anti-British revolt of the Tangsiri and Qashqai tribes, headed by Ra’īs ‘Alī Dalvārī under the influence of Wilhelm Wassmuss, and the aftermath of their attack on the British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire on 12 July 1915. Included within the correspondence are: letters concerning the occupation of the town of Bushire, British counter-raids and the death of Ra’īs ‘Alī Delvārī; the imposition of a blockade on Tangsiri boats operating in 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. ; statements and customs papers (Acquit de Sortie and Permis de Cabotage) from various Bahraini and Persian nākhudā s (dhow boat captains) gathered by 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. ; the arrest and detention of Yūsuf Fakhrū on suspicion of political dealings with Germany; attacks against British diplomatic missions and residents in Persia, including Shiraz and Isfahan; and information concerning German activities in Persia during the First World War.

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1 file (203 folios)
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Foliation: Foliation is written in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins with the first item of correspondence, on number 2, and runs through to 201, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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English, French, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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