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'File No: E.7. Qatar & Anglo-Turkish Convention of 1913' [‎107r] (230/460)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (223 folios). It was created in 19 Jun 1913-30 Jan 1920. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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ioi r ,
To snalvM Aoduilan d . Jasslm b. Tnanl, Ruler of Qatar.
A,C• You will remeoer that I promised you
all the rll'le ammunition that was In the Fort at Ai Blda,
and that, after the ammunition nad been counted, 105 more
ooxes were found In another place. This also I Inrormea
you you mignt Keep suo^ect to tne sanction or JSlr Percy
Cox. That OlTlcer has now written to me that the mlll-
-tary authorities require some more ammunition for the
Turkish rifles they have captured, while you have got so
few Turkish rifles that so much ammuntltlon is useless to
you. I should t>e much ohligod if you would send me 100
unhroKen boxes of Turkish ammunition by boat so that I may
examine it and report to the Army Commander. We can
then hold further correspondence on tne suuject.
As regaras tne tnree Turxisn guns wnich I took
away, the breech blocks and sights of these guns are miss-
-ing. These pieces were doubtless removed by the Turks
and buried or hidden somewnere. I should be mucn obliged
ii you would employ people to ascertain where these breech
blocks and sights are; and, if possible, obtain tnem for
me. Guns of this sort fes^e been used against the Tang-
-siris and other tribesmen who ars attacking Busnire, and I
am anxious that the ones I took away should be complete.
I received news yesterday that tnese trioesmen have been
severely defeated. Tnis is a good thing, as they HMe
by smuggling gun-running and piracy. You will remeber
that two years ago some of them attcKed a v oal boat,
muraered 8 Arabs and stole tnelr pearls. It is necesdaiy
for the British Government to keep these people in order,
so that there may be no hindrance to the Pearl trade,
T. Keyes.

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This file contains correspondence between British officials at Bahrain, Bushire, and the Foreign Department of the Government of India and Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, as well as reports by Yūsuf bin Aḥmad Kanoo.

These correspondence and reports concern Britain's relations with the Āl Thānī family in the context of the Anglo-Ottoman Convention of 1913 and the nature of a possible treaty with Qatar; reports by Yūsuf bin Aḥmad Kanoo concerning the death of Shaikh Jāsim in 1913 and the succession of his son, Shaikh ‘Abd Allāh (folios 22-33); the withdrawal of the Turkish garrison from al-Bida‘ (Doha) in 1915 (folios 71-99); and the progress of the First World War and the Tangistan affair (folio 90).

The latter part of the file concerns the state of the pearling industry in Qatar; the case of a pearl thief in 1915, involving the Shaikhs of Qatar, Bahrain and Sharjah; and relations between Qatar and Bahrain as told by Ṣāliḥ al-Māni‘ (folios 213-217). In addition, there are details concerning the conclusion of the Anglo-Qatar Treaty on 3 November 1916 (folios 201-208).

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1 volume (223 folios)

This file is arranged in approximately chronological order.

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Foliation: This file has two foliation numbers in the front top right hand corner of each folio. The primary number is enclosed by a circle and begins on the first page. The secondary number is not enclosed by a circle, appears on the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. and the top left hand corner of the verso The back of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'v'. of the page, and begins on the first page of text.

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'File No: E.7. Qatar & Anglo-Turkish Convention of 1913' [‎107r] (230/460), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/30, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 June 2024]

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