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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎31r] (72/462)

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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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In compliance with your orders I beg to
report as follows
On the day of my arrival at Doha I went about
in the market in order to examine the state of affairs
and to get the information required. After making dis
creet k and careful enquiries from various sources I
was successful in getting the following correct details
(1) Number of Shaikh Abdullah^ fi 900-from inhabitants
army when he marched on
Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. .
5 of Doha.
52000-from inhabitants
jj of all other
5 villages of Qatar.
5 SOO-Shaikh's guards
5 and bedouins.
Total ..
(2) Arms issued by Shaikh
800-guns (5 and 11 shot)
60000 rounds of ammunition
(All the above arms and ammunition were
restored later. It is also said that
Shaikh Abdullah had still two boxes full
of arms and ammunition).
(3) Arms confiscated by Shaikh Abdullah.
31 rifles from Nairn out of which 64 had
Bahrain marks.
209 from other tribesmen of Qatar who had
joined the Nairn.
There were 2 light gunpowder cannons with the
Army of Shaikh Abdullah but there was no machine gun.
Shaikh Abdullah is said to have spent between
Rs.70,000 and Rs.80,000 on war preparations since the out
break of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. trouble up to now.
Sd. Jasim Muhammad.

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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' [‎31r] (72/462), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/371, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2019]

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