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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎14r] (38/462)

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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 al Aw al
1356 (17th July 1937) from Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim
al Thani, C.l.h*, Ruler^of Qatar, to Captain T. Hickin-
botnam. 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. , Baiiraln#
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After coByplisients
I sent you a letter dated the Snd Jamadi al Aw^al
1356 (11th July lii37) and explained to you what was neces
sary • I hope that the letter in question was received by
you and I shall be grateful to you if you will kindly
acknowledge its receipt.
I had Uxe honour of receiving your letter dated
14th July 1^27 equivalent to 5th Jamaa al A^wal 1556 and
noted its contents. You mentioned that His Highness the
Ruler of Bahrain is withdrawing lihe privilege of tranship*
ment dues which was previously extended to ay State and
that a fee of 5 per cent will be recovered insteao of
tr^n-
8 per cent; the usual ^nd general/shlpment dues* fhat
furtner, he is prohibiting Qatar subjects from entering ^
Bahrain. That is a matter which causes regret. I beg
to enquire from you about the reesons on which the Bahrain
Government basea this ban. Do you see anything which
Jus&ifles such a step and aliovs it. I shall be very
grateful and tliaiiiiful to you if you will kindly have
this laade cletr to mt so tnat I may be well aware Of it.
Regsraing the question of messengers which you
mtintioned.it is acimittod that I ^111 snd messengers and
letters on cvay occasion required* I also like to agree
with you by giyjLxtg you tiiiely notice about their arrival
but by what ^eans sho Id I communicate with you as long
as subje zz of Qatar are pronibited from entering Balirain.
I have no wireless apparatus so that I may send messages.
Bt what means can I therefore communicate with you. I
shall be extremely grateful to you if you will send me
an erly Bply to waat I stawed above.
Usual Ending-

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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)
Arrangement

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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