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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎10r] (19/536)

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The record is made up of 1 file (266 folios). It was created in Jul 1931-Dec 1934. It was written in English. 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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near future, if indeed it ever did come into force without amendment.
These views were given as personal to Sir A. Ryan and were
balanced with the object of avoiding any appearance of seeking to influence
the Hejaz-Nejd Government’s decision. They, of course, are chiefly con
cerned with removing the supposed stigma attaching to the inclusion of
Arabia in one of the “special menace”.
53. Disarmament Conference. —Fuad Bey complained that the Hejtaz-
]\ T ejd had not been invited, although all sorts of Powers non-members of
the League had received invitations. He mentioned pointedly Egypt and
’Iraq. This matter Sir A. Ryan referred home and Mr. Hope Gill was
instructed in August, should Fuad Bey again raise the matter, to tell him
that His Majesty’s Government had not been consulted as to whether the
Hejaz-Nejd should be invited or not, the matter of invitations having been
left entirely to the Secretariat of the League. Fuad Bey did raise the ques
tion and received his answer. He made no further attempt to enlist the in
terest of His Majesty’s Government.
54. Orientalists and Municipalities. —The Hejaz-Nejd were neverthe
less invited by the Dutch Government in July to send a representative to
the International Conference of Orientalists at Leydn, and by His Majesty’s
Government in August to appoint official delegates to the 1932 Fifth Inter
national Congress of Local Authorities in London; they were also requsted
to tell their local authorities about this Congress. There is no one really
clever enough, and no one rich enough was found, to go to Leydn. As for
the Congress of 1932, the meantime is no doubt being spent in pondering the
European entanglements and spiritual dangers to be faced, if municipal pil-
orims from the Holy Places of Islam are to seek the electric light 1’the West.
55 . France. —The treaty negotiations have not yet produced the treaty
(see May-June Report, paragraph 44).
56. Italy. —Nor have the Italian Consul’s treaty hopes been fulfilled (see
May-June Report, paragraph 56). He went on leave on July 19, having
failed, for the second year in successation, to take the treaty with him.
57. A little but very virulent anti-Italian propaganda has been circulat
ing in the Hejaz in the form of pamphlets introduced from Syria. They are
inspired by the Kufra incident of the early summer.
58. The Netherlands.—The Netherlands Charge d’Affaires at Jedda, M.
Van de Moulon, returned to Jedda from the Hadhramfut (see May-June
Report, paragraph 46) on about July 10, and left finally on July 17.
59 . The following Hejazi appointments abroad were announced in July :
Sheykh Hafis Wahba to be Ibn Sa’ud’s Envoy Extraordinary and
Minister Planipotentiary at The Hague;
Sheykh Abdullah Ibrahim-al-Fadhl to be first Secretary in charge of
the Hajaz-Nejd Legation at The Hague;
Seyyid Hamma-al-Chouti to be Hejaz-Nejd Consul in Batavia.
60. Hejazi negotiations for a Dutch loan have been reported in para
graph 9.
61. Egypt.— R^hz Amer Bey made several visits during July and
August to Mecca and Taif, presumably to continue discussion of matters
affecting the Mahmdi (see May-June Report, paragraph 48).
62. Sidky Pasha made a statement in the Cairo Chamber of Deputies
on July 13, in regard to the practice of sending the Mahmdi, accompanied
with large consignments of cash and corn, annually to the Hejaz. He
traced the reasons why it was discontinued and averred that the Egyptian
Government would be glad to be in a position to distribute these alms to the
poor of Mecca and Medina, as in the past, as soon as the causes of disagree
ment with the Hejaz Government disappeared.

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The file contains intelligence reports on the Kingdom of Hejaz, Najd and its Dependencies (after September 1932, Saudi Arabia) written by the British Legation at Jeddah.

Between July 1931 and December 1932 the reports are issued every two months, with the exception of the January-March 1932 and April 1932 reports. From January 1933 the reports are sent on a monthly basis.

Between July 1931 and December 1932, each report is divided into sections, numbered with Roman numerals from I to IX, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions; Relations with States outside Arabia; Air Matters; Military Matters; Naval Matters; Pilgrimage; Slavery; and Miscellaneous. Each section is then further divided into parts relating to a particular matter or place, under a sub-heading. Some reports contain an annex.

From January 1933, when the reports become monthly, they take a new format. Each is divided into sections, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions and Foreign Relations in Arabia; Relations with Powers Outside Arabia; Miscellaneous (often containing information on slavery and the pilgrimage).

Most reports are preceded by the covering letters from the Government of India, who distributed them to Political Offices 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. and elsewhere, and the original covering letter from the Jeddah Legation, who would send them to the Government of India and Government departments in London. From May 1933, most reports were sent directly 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. at Bahrain from Jeddah.

Up until January 1933, each report began with an index giving a breakdown of the sections with references to the corresponding paragraph number. From January 1933 onwards no index is included.

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1 file (266 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, 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. An additional incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-11; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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