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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎69r] (145/472)

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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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;Ve have the honour to forward to your 'xcellency
our high esteem dni demotion.
The Araoic aietrict of /irablotan has suffered on
the hands of Persian Officials the severest tyranny and
ail sorts of toriaent and humiliation after the absence of
1^0 esteemed ieaaer,"3ir Khazal Khan your loyal friend.
Our hearts overflowed with delight and our faces were lighted
with joy on the arrival of your victorious armies to the
district of ^rabistan because of our belief that you will
uproot tyranny and restore to us the liberty for the sake
of which you are fighting and thus set us free from the
fetters of aiotatorship of which we have been suffering
Tor the last sixteen years. But unfortunately we ^re
perceiving those who"have drawn arms and wanted to wage
war against you, enjoying the rule of our hoxueland. Their
persecution and ill-treatment to us has increased after
they Knew of our loyalty to His 3ritanic Majesty's Government
and of our hap A iness in your victories as we are quite
confident that lis Majesty's Government desires to save
the Arabs•
e had forwarded several petitions to your represent
atives for the some cause and now we approach your Excellency
requesting your kind intervention in the matter for the
fulfillment of our pending demands and our constitution as
an ^rab nation similar to those in the Arab world. . e give
our pledge and solemnly promise you in the name of the
almighty God to be loyal, to sacrifice and to offer everything
aear to us for your sake and for the sake of protecting all
the interests of , is Jritanitkajesty's Government in our
district as we had done in the past and executed all your
demands quoted in the treaty between the Government of His
i.ajesty and our .anir the lata Shaikh Khazal.
Our silence to the atrdcities of this despotic
few is uot at all inspired by fear, God forbit it, but
rather by a keen consideration to the interests which we
are always ready to ransom with everything near and dear
to us. And now that conditions have culminated, we beg
for an early consiaeratlon of our grievances lest some
occuruncts of unpleasant outcome take place between our
selves and the Persians. God forbit that the Government
of His Jritanic Majesty neglects us and not grant our
aemanda after ail the tokens of loyalty we showed her
formerly and presently.
accept our deep respects and sincere homage. .
Seals and Signaturer-
Signed Shaih Maskhoor J
Sealed and Signed Shaikh Shartanand
do
Sealed
do
Sighed
Si ghed
do
Signed
Signed
do
Signed
his hrolher Abdul
iCarim sens of Shay r a»
Shaikh Sheri son of Huaain*
Shaikh Jabir bin Mua , all ai-4Cu t allah»
Shaikh Salnan al-Na»8i»
and Sealed Sal eh bin Mahmood^
Khalaf Hamad»
Dahnan <Jhenoon^
and Sealed Khalil bin Ibrahim.
Nasir bin Abdul Hasan ..
Shaikh I^alih bin Sultan,
and Sealed Shakh Mehdi al-Dho\7ai r a

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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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