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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎11v] (22/536)

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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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Amirs of Tabuk and Jauf. The latter, Turki as-Sudairi, cousin to him of
1'abuk and successor of the notorious an-Nashmi, was said in August to have
five machine guns, some six hundred rifles, and about one hundred and sixty
thousand rounds of S. A. A. Young Ibn ’Abdul Wahid has been appointed
Amir of Qaryat al Milh, vice Abdullah al Hawaii, an old man and peaceful
’Abdul ’Aziz Ibn Zeyd, Ibn Sa’ud’s Controller of Beduin and frontier repre
sentative at Qaryat, was reported in August to have fifty men and rifles and
.four lorries.
75. East (Nejd ).—There were vague reports of “trouble in Nejd”
throughout July and August but nothing resulted. There seemed no doubt,
however, that the tribes were being more strictly taxed than usual, probably
thanks to ibn Sa’ud’s presence, which would account for a certain feeling of
unrest. Beduin anxious for largesse camped in considerable numbers round
76. South (A sir ).—The trouble simmering on the Asiri frontier with
the Yemen has been described in paragraphs 40 to 41.
77. H.M.S. “Lupin” (Captain E. B. C. Dicken) visited Jedda for a
few hours on July 19, to embark His Majesty’s Minister on his departure
on leave. There were no other naval visits, British or other.
78. On July 11, His Majesty’s Minister submitted to His Majesty’s
Government his views on the advisability of the more frequent visits by His
Majesty’s ships to ports in the Hejaz and Asir desired by the Admiralty.
No final decision was communicated before the end of August.
79. The debris of the 1931 pilgrimage from India was cleared away on
July 15, when three hundred and eighteen destitutes were repatriated at
Govt, of India expense (see May-June report, paragraph 68). This figure,
out of a total of only seven thousand Indian pilgrims, compared badly with
the figures for 1930, namely, three hundred and eighty-seven destitutes among
eleven thousand pilgrims.
80. British West African pilgrims seeking to return to Africa by the
customary desert route to Lith and sunbuq (?) voyage to Macsown met with
great difficulties and hardship, which in August began to cause a reflux and
destitution. The necessity for their repatriation was being studied locally
at the end of August.
SI. A vast amount of head-and paper-work was done by His Majesty’s
Minister between the end of the pilgrimage and his departure on leave, cover
ing the thousand and one points raised by the Indian Haj Inquiry Com
mittee’s Report. Detailed memoranda and despatched on all current issues
were submitted to His Majesty’s Government and the Government of India
by the beginning of August, in good time for consideration before the 1932
pilgrimage begins.
82. The last Report omitted to record the number of slaves manumitted
bv the Legation. Two males were freed in May, 2 males and 1 female in
June, 1 male and 2 females in July, and 3 males and 2 females in August.
All were repatriated via Port Sudan, except the last 2 females, whom it was
found possible to have manumitted locally by a willing owner, and 2 of the
males freed in August; these were sent via Jibuti to Addis Ababa (see para
graphs 84 and 85).

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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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