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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎6r] (17/472)

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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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method of calculation ivhich the absence of any agreed
figure as to actual losses in respect of Istihlak taxation
since 1932 has rendered inevitalDle 0 The calculation has
been made as follows: the assessed average annual loss on
the Koweiti estates from 1932/33 to 1936/37 (£1,08?) has
been divided by 2 and the resultant figure has been
multiplied by 27 (20 years in respect of future losses and
7 years in respect of past losses since 1932)„ The total
reached in this way is £1^,67^ 10o Oc , ^
6. In his despatch Noe 612 of 31st December 1936,
Sir Archibald Clark Kerr reported that there were in all 28
recognised heirs of the Sheikh of kohammerahc Of these 13
were sons and 1U were daughters and there was one widow.
Sir Archibald Clark Kerr added that all the sons and
daughters are entitled without exception to movable property
and to mulk and mir^i property also# the sons> however,
receiving twice as much as the daughters^ The widow is
entitled to movable and mulk property, but so far as mirj
property is concerned she is entitled to trees and buildings
but not to landc He went on to explain that in Ottoman Law
the division of property amongst the heirs should be made
in the following manner; after the widow f s share of 1/8 of
the movable and mulk (immovable) property has been deducted,
the remainder is split into UO shares, of v/hich each son
is entitled to two shares and each daughter to one share.
This position was confirmed by His Majesty's Minister at
Tehran in his despatch Noo5k0 (133/17/36) of 25th December,
1936, As I have explained above. His Majesty's Government
regard themselves as having a free hand in assessing and
distributing the compensation to be made to the heirs in view
of its ex grati a nature, and I do not consider it necessary
/to

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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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