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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎60r] (125/472)

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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 same thing • nothing has been organised and they are
Absolutely at the oomniand of the British aul many are not
eyen interested in Shaikh Chase lb* All th^r ask is relief
from/the oppressions of the Amnielu They have all been told
of the latest resolution of the Hew Persian Oorernment te
tgotify renuine grierances. that they can begt help the
British PjtilMiflif by remaining quiet and that erery effort
is being made by the Governor to correct the Aatinieh and that
we are taking all steps we c Ato see that it is done* They
beg, however 9 that the Aainieh might be totally removed fcnd
that they should be permitted to furnish cash or any other
guarantees for law and order in their areas* They have been
told that this is ^ot practical and that the British must
support the Hew Government, but that svsry effort will be mads
to see that Justice is done*
Zn the meantime, aggravating though these false alarms
lire been, certain good has come 6f it all* The looal
Persian authorities and people are definitely relieved «^ r this
sign of vigorous action which the British are evidently
prepared to take to assist the administration to maintain order
and protect lives and property* It must have had a
sobering effect upon the minds of Arabs who may have been
eonteralating any violent action, and for ourselves we have
been a^le to see how our plans to meet such contingencies may
work in practice, and much useful knowledge of the ground and
conditions has been gained, especially by myself* furthermore
I think that the exposure of the manner in which rumours
accumulate and stories become magnified will put an end to
much if not all the wild talk which has circulated dUring the
past months*
Lastly though it mar appear from this,
long account, that the
Z am afraid, over
Governor is largely to blame for all
that happened, in hie defence it should be ^aid that he gets
no support from either Police and Amnieh and often much
hindrance and opposition* Z have impressed upon him that
the Amnieh and Police are solely to blame for all the unreliabl
reports, feeling of insecurity and bitterness between Arab
andlPersl anknd that though we can in the last resort support
him, he must stand upon his own feet* He realises^this and
is doing his utmost to obtain mors efficient and actuate
personnel in both departments* Z have told him therefore that
he will be well advised in future te concentrate everything
upon Improving both Amnieh and Police and to ensure that the
Arabs are left alone* This laet because it has been
reported to me that already the Police have been calling up
certain Arab leaders, including Shaikh ChassiVs sister, who
came to my house on the night of the 14th for retugt, and
endeavouring to pin upon them reeponeibility for all the events
of the past few days* He has agreed with me in this also
and is i think now as convinced as Z am that none of these
people has bad anything to do with it and that the real
explanations are those which Z have presented in these
despatches*
Z have the honour to be.
Sir,
Your most obedient servant,
Sd/* F.C • Zi* Chaunoy,
IW s* Consul, Khorraashahr*
P.3.
Z am sending a copy of this despatch tc^ the Hon 9 ble 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. in the Persian Oulf^r His Majesty^
Consul General, Basra and His Majesty's Consul,Ahwas*
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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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