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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎54v] (108/536)

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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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and friendly interviews with the ’Iraqi Charge d’Affaires, Ibn Sa’ud sent a reply
in which, it seems, he regretted that~he could not infringe the rule which preserves
the Holy Places of Islam intact from diplomacy, and invited King Faisal to furnish
his representative with fresh credentials naming him to Jedda.
CHAPTER IV.—Am Matters.
132. Hejaz Air Foice. —Nil.
133. Emergency Landing Grounds. —There was no opportunity in April of
pursuing the matter.
134. Aerial Trespass. —None was reported.
CHAPTER V.— Military Matters.
135. Nat them Hejaz. —The drought-stricken northern tribeslands were appa
rently deserted and at peace.
136. East (Nejd). —Nothing to report.
137. South (’Asir). —News was received via Aden to the effect that, as a result
of renewed trouble between the Sa’udi control at Jizan and certain ’Asiri tribes r
the Amir Bin Shu’air had been recalled from Jizan and replaced by the Amir Bin
Zu’air from Qunfida.
CHAPTER VI.— Naval Matters.
138. Naval Visits. —The customary naval visit during the pilgrimage was
paid by Captain C. S. Sandford, O.B.E., R.N., Senior Naval Officer, Red Sea
Sloops, who visited Jedda for the first time on April 12th in H.M.S. “ Hastings ”
The visit lasted until April 18th, pilgrimage day falling on the 15th. It was an
unqualified success, which was largely due to the Navy’s own genial hospitality
and their effective co-operation with the shore and the pilgrimage fleet in the
running of the traditional Haj Regatta. The usual official visits were paid by
Captain Sandford, His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires and the Governor of Jedda
receiving salutes when they returned his visits.
139. There were no foreign naval visits.
CHAPTER VII.— Pilgrimage.
140. Pilgrimage Day. —The 9th Dau’l Hijja did coincide with a Friday (the
15th April). The 50,000 or so Hajis who assembled upon that day in the plain
of ’Arafat were thus seven times blessed (for why, see paragraph 92). The shade
temperature was then not more than 102-F., deaths were few, and the general
health all that could be desired. In announcing this happy circumstance, the
Hejazi Government were moved to declare that the congregation that day num
bered not less than 150,000. This may be ascribed as much to ignorance as to
ecstasy. The desert so seldom teems that the Arab has but little knowledge of
large numbers.
141. Arrivals. —The official Hejazi statistics of oversea pilgrims, which are
not necessarily accurate, show some 29,000 this year as against 39,500 last year.
made up as follows :—
Last year.
This year.
North Africans ..
,. 500
The Rest
,. 39,500

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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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