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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎155r] (317/472)

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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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tightened round me and my patience is failing especially
now that our country and religion are M on the brink of
a precipice, and I do not know when it will collpse" ;
this is due to the activity of destructive propaganda,
which has begun to leak into my country and my birth
^lace, Arabistan, from the interior of Iran and even from
Iraq, and which is supported by the government officials
and the public; I mean those who are connected with the
propaganda and are loyal to it. I, therefore request
now, i.e. before the opportunity is missed and before such
propaganda spreads in my country on a larger scale and
more actively, not to prevent me from returning to my
aforementioned native country, so that I may live among
my relations, with whom I am bound by " alliance and oath "
and be able to work with them and co-operate with the
government offioi»le( the faithful ones of course); I mean
those who have the same spirit as me and my followers, i.e.
to saorificft evervthing for our country and our religion
by opposing every destructive torrent and resisting any
tyrant or traitor.
Indeed I have decided to oppose any person who
comes between us and our sacrifice. I have also decided
that when I return to my country, to stir up the great
leaders of our religion, as I believe it is our religious
duty to call them to action, and with whom I am personally
bound. I shall consider whoever may act against this order,
whether he is a government official or otherwise, to be
the agent for that propaganda, and they are of the type of
the 5th column, whose purpose of acting against me or
preventing me from returning to my native country is " to
poison the relations " between the simple tribes of
Arabistan, whom circumstances have for many years opposed,
( as it is well known tc you ) and mo have become

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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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