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'33 File 665 Hostilities between Shaikh Zaid and Shaikh Jasim' [‎310r] (654/845)

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The record is made up of 3 volumes (404 folios). It was created in Mar 1888-9 Jun 1890. 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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against the people dependent on the Chief of Ahu-Thabi, vessels with stores
and munitions of war to the Bay of Kufariyah and Al-Sila,—places beyond the
limits of his recognized jurisdiction; and called for an explanation.
On the 17th April, Shaikh Jasim wrote to the Resident, making a counter-
complaint that Shaikh Zaid had sent a boat to Al-Sila, which place he
(Jasim) claimed to be within his territory.
No. 121, dated 4th May is83. j n reply,* he was referred to the Eesident's
Uo. 103, dated 28th March, and informed that the British Government consider
Al-Sila to be within the territories subordinate to Abu-Thabi.
No. 118, dated Bushire, the 23rd May 1889.
From— C olonel E. C. R oss, c.s.i .. Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department.
I have the honour to forward translations of the marginally noted reports
x , ^ , on ,, . . 11RS0 from the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. A.gent at Bahrain,
No, 65, dated 30th April 1889. . ^-r\i ^ j. j i
„ 69, „ sth May „ relative to aiiairs ot El-Katr, and hostih-
„ 71, „ i4th „ „ • t j eg between Abu-Thabi and that District.
The report received from Lingah of a serious defeat having been inflicted on
•Sheikh Jasim, is so far unconfirmed.
' No. 65, dated the 30th April 1889.
From—The Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, at Bahrain,
To—The Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
I have the honour to report that Akif Pasha, the new Mutaserif of El-
Hasa, arrived at Bahrain by the mail steamer. Muhammad Abdul Wahab went
on board to see him and took him to Manamah. The Mutaserif remained with
Muhammad Abdul Wahab for two days and one night, and then went to El-Hasa
in a boat which was hired-by Muhammad Abdul Wahab at his own expense, and
he accompained the Mutaserif as far as Bideyyia (on the confines of Bahrain).
The Mutaserif went to Ojeyr, and from thence to El-Hasa. It is probable that
Muhammad Abdul Wahab gave him some money. The Mutaserif was informed
regarding the pending encounter between Jasim and Zaid.
Nasrallah, brother of Ahmed-bin-Mehdy, informed me that Jasim, son of
Muhammad-bin-Katr, when he arrived at Busrah, had telegraphed to|Constan-
tinople through the Nakib to the following effectZaid with 8,000 troops,
and instigated and supported by the British, has come to Katr, which has been
a Turkish province for many years." There was a reply received at Busrah
to the above telegram, but'in the interval, Shaban Pasha happened to be
deposed, and the affair was forgotten.
Jasim -bin-Muhammad-bin-Khatr and Nasrallah the above mentioned, re
turned from Busrah with Akif Pasha. During the voyage, Jasim-bin-Muham-
mad-bin-Khatr was constantly with him, and kept talking about the affairs of
Bahrain and Katr. Jasim is a young and.light minded man, and it was his own
offieiousness that prompted him to enter on such subject. Mohamed Abdul
Wahab, who is a shaitan and loves disturbance, acquanited the Mutaserif with
all that is going on in these parts, and was seconded by Abdul Eahman-bin-
Aidan and Mujbil-ad-Dukeyr in everything that he told the Mutaserif. I have
heard that on the night of the Mutaserif's arrival here, Abdul Wahab des
patched letters to Katr, and also despatched Ghanim in a special boat to Katr,
with letters after the Mutaserif's departure from here. I suspect two things
from these measures of Muhammad Abdul Wahab, viz., (1) that he asked the
Mutaserif to write a letter to the Commandant of the Turkish troops stationed
at Bidaa, enjoining him to protect the people of Katr against Zaid; and (2) to
write a threatening letter to Shaikh Zaid in order to deter him from invading
Katr.

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The volume contains memos, reports and correspondence exchanged between the British officials in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. and his Agents at Sharjah and Bahrein [Bahrain], the Ruler of Katr [Qatar], Shaikh Jāsim bin Muḥammad Āl Thānī, and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Shaikh Zayid bin Khalīfah, discussing hostilities between the two rulers, occurring between 1888 and 1889. The hostilities were initially due to the dispute on the sovereignty over Al Udaid [’Odaid, Qatar] considered to be Abu Dhabi property, and provoked attacks and raids. The main events dealt with in the volume are the attack of Bedouin from Abu Dhabi on Al Bida [Qatar] during which twenty-four men were killed including Ali, Shaikh Jasim's son, and the subsequent Qatari attack to Dhafrah [Abu Dhabi].

The volume also contains copious letters in Arabic (with English translations) sent to the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. at Bushire by local rulers.

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3 volumes (404 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically, from the earliest letter in the file at the front to the most recent letter in the file at the back.

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Condition: three bound volumes.

Foliation: The foliation sequence runs through three volumes as a single continuous series. It commences at the title page of volume one with 1, 1A and 1B, and terminates at the last folio of volume three with 402; these numbers are written in pencil, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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