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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎2r] (14/462)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (231 folios). It was created in 21 Jul 1937-14 Nov 1946. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Bahrain, the 21st July 1937.
Captain T. Hickinbotham, I.A.,
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. , Bahrain.
The Honourable 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 Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , Bushire.
I have the honour to enclose two letters ^om
the Shaikh of Qatar in original dated the 11th Julvl937
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and the 17th July 1937 together with copies of two letters
of similar dates to my address. , t ^
2. I further enclose a letter which I have now addres
sed to the Ruler of Qatar in answer to his letters to me.
3. With regard to his allegation that he has found
among the arms that he has taken from his alleged rebel
subjects a certain number which he states bear the Bahrain
V Government mark
I suggest that I address a letter to His
Highness the Shaikh of Bahrain informing him of the alle
gation of the Shaikh of Qatar and asking him if he can
explain how this could have occurred. I feel that the
answer that will be given by the Bahrain Government will
probably be to the effect that the Shaikh of Qatar has
been making war on the tribesmen of His Highness the
Ruler of Bahrain and that the arms that they had in their
possession would naturally bear the Bahrain Government
stamp as they were given to them as Bahrain subjects well
before there were hostilities between the Nairn and the
Ruler of Qatar.


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This file contains correspondence regarding the situation after hostilities that occurred between the Al Naim tribe (supported by Bahrain) and Qatar in Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. in June and July 1937.

The correspondence covers the period immediately following the events and continues for several years until 1946. It contains details of British mediation efforts between the two sides and also includes the text (in English and Arabic) of a reconciliation agreement between the two sides from 1944.

The file also contains a translation of an Arabic-language letter published in the Cairo publication 'Rabitat Al Arabieh' (f. 25). The letter is from a Bahraini and argues that the British had sided with Qatar in the conflict regarding Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. as they were afraid that if under Bahraini control, the concession for oil deposits near the town would be given to an American (as opposed to British) oil company as had been done in Bahrain.

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1 volume (231 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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A bound correspondence volume. There are two incomplete foliation sequences and one complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and runs through to 224, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume. Anomalies: f.1A; f.126A; f.126B; f.141A; f.141B.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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