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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎10r] (30/462)

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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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Translation of letter dated the 8th Jamadi A1 Awwal
1S56 (17th July 1B37) from Shaikh Abdullah bin Qassim
al Thani, C.I.ii., Ruler of Qatar, to 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. .
After compliments.
I have already sent you a letter dated 2nd Jamad
al Awwal 1356 (llth July 1937) and explained to you what
was necessary and hope that you will give it your kind
attention so far as the present stated of affairs requie.
Now I beg to inform Your Honour that I r^e^ived
a letter dated 14th July 1937 equivalent to 5th Jamad
al Awwal 1356 from the 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, in
forming me that His Highness the Ruler of Bahrain is
fixing 5% on goods which arrive in Bahrain for tranship
ment to Qatar instead of 2% which used to be recovered
previously and now in force with regard to other sides.
He has further informed me that His Highness the Ruler
of Bahrain is prohibiting Qa^ar subjects from entering
Your Honour , I regret for such an action for
which I do not see any reason or justification. I cto
not yet know the grounds on which the Bahrain Government
have based the prohibition upon Qatar subjects from
entering Bahrain , as this step adds to the difference
and harms the friendship and good neighbourly relations
which have been existing between both sides. I am now
reporting my complaint and protest to you for this atti
tude which the Bahrain Government have adopted towards
me without any justification. I am certain and confidett
that Your Honour will attach importance to this matter
and take the necessary steps in this connection as Your
Honour of the strong friendly relations existing between
me and the High British Government which call for Your
Honour f s attention in such matters. I shall be grateful
to Your Honour if you will kindly let me have your

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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.

Extent and format
1 volume (231 folios)

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

Physical characteristics

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' [‎10r] (30/462), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/371, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 16 December 2019]

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