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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎33r] (76/462)

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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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The prohibition imposed by the Bahrain
Government on Qatar subjects seems to be occupying
the attention of the Shaikh and all the people in
Qatar and causing them a lot of anxiety. They
consider this a very drastifi action taken against
them by the Bahrain Government and that t hey claim
they have not done anything deserving such a step.
They get dates and other food supplies from Basrah
and Kuwait and fruit from Qatif. The prices did
not rise as there has been sufficient quantities of
food stuff in Qatar when prohibition was imposed. 1
am given to understand that if the prohibition
continues for two months more all the foreigners would
leave ,ata. as they iind themselves somewhat isolated.
Some of them have actually left already. The
natives of Qatar were doing their best to show that
the prohibition had not affected them ecomomically.
-he effect will, however, be noted clearly after
some time.
There is only one British Indian subject
in Doha. I have to state that I was well treated
by the Shaikh and his officials who offered me
all facilities.
6th August 1937.
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)
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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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