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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎63r] (136/462)

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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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No. C/774-4/13
Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. |
Bahrain, 14th Cctcber 1937•
From
Captain T. Hlckinbotham, I.A.,
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.
To
The AtJvleer to th* Bahrain ^vazfipent,
, Bahrain.
Sir,
T have the honrur to refer to your meaornnduni
No. 1084/3-F dated the 30th September 1937 and to state
that I have now received a comnunication from Shaikh
Abdullah bin al Than J # C .I. oiler of Qatar, to
^ SuTf, ,/;^'
the effect that no jollyboat ha© been detained at oatar
but "t^h^ v about the Oth of 103? two unknovoi persons
landed «t Dohal. from a small tx^ t arui that as there appear
ed to be some dcmbt with regard to the reason for their
coning to Dohah ttey vere arrested and questioned. They
failed to give a satisfactory explanation. The Customs
officials searched the boat without result and the Ruler
of Qatar states that the two icen absconded and that their
boet is in exactly the same place ae where it was before.
There is nothing in the Killer- of Qatar 1 s letter
to indicate that there Is anything to prevent the owners
of the boi&t from going to Qatar and bringing it at any
time.
I have the honour to be 9
Sir,
Your most obadient servant.
Sd/- Hickinbotham
Captain,
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.

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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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