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'File 19/243 III (C 95) Zubarah' [‎93r] (196/462)

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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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away/more in presents to the al Thani SfciaikhB, who would
frequently ask for this ana that and would never be denied
but instantly fe;iven what they askea for. They were like
brothers and the country v»as one country -- they made no
distinction between the al Thani ana themselves. He then
proceeded to make a very lengthy survey ol the /-ubara case
and said that all Bahrain's foreign relations were in our
hands and that they relied on us. when there was trie Per
sian claim, his lather had entrusted its defence to us and
we haa defended their rights, ana in every instance, except
in that of Zubara we haa not fallen short. Wio coula they
turn to except the British Government. i could not iollow
all His Highness* arguments, as i had not the details ol
this case at my fingers' ends, but he made it clear that
they were much more disturbed by the loss o^ face than tn.e
loss of property ana saia that he was certciin so Hie cirroinge-
ment could be made and that he relied on us to m^ke it. ^ie
finally produced a map ana pointing to the neutral zones
between Kuwait and Iraq and Sauai Arabia conveyed that some
thing on those lines could be arranged with Qatar too. I
pointed out that if the Zubara question was re-opened the
^tar Shaikh would almost certainly re-open his claim to the
Hawar Islands, anc that I thought it better to tell him
frankly that 1 was afraid m^ views on this would probably
not agree with his. He smiled at this ana spoke ioi some
time about their claim whicn, "the worla knew", was fully
justifiea, but dia not press it. I repeated again that X
doubted if we saw eye to eye on this subject. rvs 1 ndd
been an hour and a half with him, I soon made excuse? and
took my leave.
5. On my return 1 aiscussed the interview with the ioli-
tical Agent, who pointed out that particular iiiterest attached

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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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