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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎5r] (15/472)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (233 folios). It was created in 17 Nov 1939-16 Nov 1946. It was written in English, 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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a matter in which it is essential for legal forms to "be
strictly followed, provided that His Majesty's Government
are themselves satisfied that the heirs of Sheikh Khazal
are not "being treated unfairly* in the case of the Sheikh
of Kov/eit His Majesty's Government have a legal obligation,
which is still in force, to a ruler whose goodwill is,
incidentally, of considerable importance to them, I am
advised, however, that the position with regard to the
heirs of Sheikh Khazal is rather different. The promise
made hy His Majesty's Government in 19I4 was a promise to
the Sheikh of Mohammerah in his capacity as an independent
ruler, and was legally dependent on his continuing to "be soo
The Sheikh is now dead and had indeed ceased to be an
independent ruler before his death; and although His
Majesty's Government regard themselves notwithstanding as
under a moral obligation to pay fair compensation to the
heirs this compensation is in their view in effect an ex
gratia payment. They therefore think it unnecessary to
negotiate with the heirs, and although it is no doubt desirabl
to obtain if possible a complete discharge from each
recipient in return for any payment made this is not stricbly
speaking essential and it might be sufficient in practice
to secure a receipt only,
5- In all the circumstances, therefore, I feel that
the losses of the heirs of Sheikh Khazal can justifiably
be assumed without further investigation to be less than
half of those of the heirs of the Sheikh of Koweit, and the
compensation to be paid to them has accordingly been fixed
upon the basis that it should be as nearly as possible
exactly half, subject to certain modifications in the
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The volume contains correspondence pertaining to the relatives of the late Shaikh of Khuzestan, Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī. The correspondents include the 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 Bahrain, 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 Kuwait, Government of India, Foreign Office, 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. , British Ambassador in Tehran, British Ambassador in Baghdad, Middle East Office at Cairo, British Consul General at Ahwaz, Vice Consul at Korramshahr, and two of Khaz‘al's sons, Abdullah [‘Abdullah bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī] and Chassib [Jāsib bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī].

The matters covered in the volume include:

  • compensation to be paid to the heirs of Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait and Sheikh Khaz‘al for taxes [ istiḥlāk ] paid on estates that they should have been exempt from;
  • the intrigues and actions of Khaz‘al's sons, ‘Abdullah and Jāsib, including small-scale incursions into Khuzistan [Khūzestān] from Iraq and attempts to garner Arab and British support for their return to power in Khuzistan;
  • where to settle ‘Abdullah after his return from Persia.

Folios 64-69 are letters in Arabic, signed by several of the heads of leading Arab families in the region, petitioning the 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. for help against Persian oppression.

Folios 214-228 are internal office notes.

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1 volume (233 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: There is an incomplete foliation sequence and a complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, 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 title page, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 228. There are the following irregularities: folio 1 is followed by folio 1A. It should be noted that folio 67 is contained in an envelope which is attached to the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 66, and folios 71-72 are in an envelope which is attached to the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 70.

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English, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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