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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎59r] (123/472)

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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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the taxi-driver frota Ahwaz. He aeeured me that he had seen
500 armed Arabs at 'Arab Hamed about 20 • 30 miles from Ahwas#
After questioning him further X was convinced that if he had
seen anything all that he oould have seen was some harmless nomads
J[^ ^ near Ahwas 9 of whom 1 have since received information, oonsisti^
^oU^of a few families and cattle. 1 have been told that the driver
[ rJU 1 i ad . ir ,i lafl b ® en f ounA in Basra and is being brought to Khorramshahr.
Y ^ W n 1 • h * 11 •xp«ct him when 1 see him. My only deaire to ses theee
rV; • ^ drivers was in the hope of being able to confront them with their
1 1 u, y) falae reports and frighten them into revealing who had inspired
1 15 them into making them* I had had a growing suspicion since the
^ HL 12th that poesibly Axle sympathisers might bs endeavouring te get
such rumours carried around for obvious purposes# This may be
1 the onae but, for myself, I now feel convinced that the root of the
matter is sheer nervoueneas. There really is a general feeling
of uneasiness regarding Arab activities and any sign of anything
approaching a collection of Arabs, whether harmlees nomads, woman
and children or cattle, is likely to becoms magnified Into the
sort of reports we have been receiving, and the taxi-drivers
perhaps really did see something, harmless though it was in
reality. Only today the Governor reported that a body of 500
Arabs had been seen near Marid and that he had sent some amnieh
and police to investigate. As the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's
Chief ^ilot happened to be returning by air from Ahwas, he was
asked to reconnoitre the place, which wxoept for a valve houee
and small village is incapable of eonceallng any body of men from
a low flying aircraft. The Vilot reported that except for a few
sheep there was no sign of anytning at all. This may of course
have been A elaborate attempt at fase^saving, but Z have no doubt
that we shall oontinue to get such reports from time to time until
conditions settle down generally.
From all our investigations, therefore, it eee»$*ulte clear
that there is no gathering of Arabs in the neighbourhood of the
kind reported, anywhere around Khnrremshahr or Abadan. Z am
equally convinced from the extensive enquiries which Z have
conducted through Arab leaders, sending out trusted servants
etcetera, that nothing whatever ie oonteirmlated. What Z believe
has happened is that for some months past Sheikh Chassib from
Basra has been endevouring to assert his position as Isaisr of
Arabs in this district through various of his agente, with a view
to hie being able to assure the Britieh authorities that he has
their support, and by repreeenting all etories of oppression by
the Persians - in particular the Amnieh • he hopes to persuade us
to instal him as Shaikh of Hohammsrsh. Such stories will of
course be grossly exaggerated. For example not even the Said
1 saw in Ousbsh asserted that his relatione had been ill-treated
to the extent of having their eyes put out or certain parte of
their anatomy twieted as deeoribed in Combined Intelligence Centre
Iraq, Basra's report attached te my despatch of 14th April.
Theee efforte of Shaikh Chassib 9 s may have been mis -
represented or have become dietorted In the telling until it- has
come to be believed that he has the intention shortly to gather
togetherk fprce and leet Khusietan and take revenge upon the
Pereian authorities. Vvery Arab Z have met says
tW

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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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