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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎35r] (80/462)

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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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Copy of demi-official letter dated the 5th August
1937 from the Adviser to the Bahrain Government to 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 at Karachi,
After considerable enquiry I find that the general
opinion is that Abdulla bin Jasim's force consisted of
pbout 3000 men armed with rifles but a great proportion
of these were not genuine Qatar subjects.
The Nairn, in seventy boats arrived some days ago.
Tomorrow the main body of them are being transferred from
the south coast to a place just beyond the bridge at the
end of the date gardens where they will live in their tents.
I cannot get an idea of their numbers yet but I fancy there
are over a thousand, others of them have settled in
different parts of Bahrain where they have connections.
His Highness is very happy about it - at present,
myself I think they will probably become a nuisance sooner or
later. Abdullah bin Qasim is reported to be very upset at
losing them and all the inhabitants of northern Qatar as well.
It is alv/ays regarded as f aib ! for people to leave one country
for another.
The Bahama are being very tiresome, holding
meetings etc. etc. and His Highness is being very weak
with them. However I don't anticipate any real trouble.
^ bdo
There was a long article in an Egyptian Magazine
about Zubara and our visit to Qatar, I was made out to be bad
but the real villain of the piece was the B.G. and it was
said that you provided Abdulla bin Qasim with rifles to injure j
the Khalifah. The writer is someone here because many of the
details, dates etc. etc. even about A-bdulla's letters to
you, were quite correct. I will try and get a copy of the
article but at present there is only one here and it is in

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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.

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' [‎35r] (80/462), 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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