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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎7r] (24/462)

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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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i did what was needlUl in such a case, returning each of them
to his own abode and place after talcing the necessary
precautions to ensure the non -recurrence of similar deeds
and thanks be to the graces of Uod tranquility and peace
were restored to all sides of the country. X have desired
to inform you of this.
Honourable. What regrets me to mention is the action
of Bahrain during this period in providing my insubordinate
subjects with provisions, money, arms and ammunition and
to acting towards spreading the spirit of revolution and
insubordination amongst my subjects. Jiven that I found
among the arms possessed by the rebels of my subjects those
registered with the registration mark of the Bahrain
Government and my subjects alleged that they had been sent
to them by the Bahrain Government, ihis confirms what i
referred to before, i am sorry aonourable for the actions
taken in Bahrain which i do not know on what grounds the
Bahrain Government did so.
Uuring the term of negotiations, the Bahrain Government
prohibited in general goods and boats going to (^atar which
may be expressed as estrangement in addition to the continuous
provisions sent by them to my rebel suojects. 1 have
communicated to you protesting against the detention of
goods and their prohibition from entering ^tar and 1 do k W*
know as yet the cause which led the Bahrain Government to
adopt this course in spite of the friendship and the
strong amity and brotherly relations existing between me
and them, "-tfiey have adopted such a course that is
neither permissible nor correct to keep quiet about it.
i am really astonished and embarrassed from this attitude
as there is nothing between me and Bahrain which would
necessitate this and i do not see the Bahrain have anything
which may justify and permit this. 1 request ^o^r Honour
therefore to take the necessary steps in connection with
this estrangement which Bahrain has adopted against ^iatar

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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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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎7r] (24/462), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/371, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 August 2019]

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