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'File 8/9 Bahrain Government Annual Report' [‎51r] (106/298)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (145 folios). It was created in 16 Jul 1930-11 Jul 1931. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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WAKF DEPARTIffiMS.
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Sunni Wakfs.
The Sunni Wakf Department continues in an extremly
unsatisfactory condition. The fakfs are administered by the
three Sunni Kadis assisted by a minor Shaikh of the Ruling
Kamily and a staff of clerks, all of whom receive salaries from
the Government. Two of the three Kadis are elderly men with
neither the ability lor the inclination to interest themselves
actively in supervising the Wakfs estates which consist of many
valuable gardens, house and bazar property in Manamah, Muharrak
and Hedd, and a number of fish traps along the coast. Owing
to lack of supervision the revenue is not properly collected
and the expenditure is uncontrolled. Many of the rents are
collected directly by the Imams of Mosques to which they are
dedicated, and there is no check on the amounts collected or
the way ini which the income is spent. Mosques which have
property specially dedicated for lamps or mats or water are
almost destitute of the requirements and it is a well known
fact that the Walis divert the funds for such objects to their
own pockets, numerous fakfs exist for non existent! schools,
these also are absorbed by the administrators. It is a
significant fact that the dedication of Wakfs has greatly fallen
off, among the Sunnis, during recent years. The public are
aware of this and the Government is much criticised for allowing
such a state of things to continue, but any reforms in this
direction should be instituted by the Ruler himself.
Another fact which the public reseht is that the
management! of the Wakfs is in the hands of the three Kadis
who are also the Shera Court. Frequent disputes occur over
the authenticity of Wakfs and these cases are referred to the
Shera Court, Not unnaturally people think that the Kadis are
liable to be biased in favour of the Wakfs which they themselves
administer. The Kadis themselves receive a considerable income
from Wakfs.
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The volume contains the annual Government of Bahrain reports for the years AH 1348 and 1349. Both reports include budgets for the upcoming year and are written by the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave.

The reports are submitted by Belgrave 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, Charles Geoffrey Prior, who then forwards them to the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , at Bushire. The correspondence relating to this process are included in the volume.

The 1348 report (folios 8-68), submitted in July 1930, is divided into sections corresponding to a particular subject, as follows: Budget 1349; Notes on Budget, for 1349; Notes on Revenue for 1348; Notes on Expenditure; Education; Judicial; Public Works; Wakf Departments; Municipalities; General.

The report includes an index (folio 8) which lists the sections in alphabetical order, with reference to page numbers. Most of these page numbers are not present in the document itself.

The 1349 report (folios 76-134), submitted in July 1931, is divided in a similar way, as follows: Budget 1350; Statements of Receipts and Expenditure; Comparative analysis; The Pearl Industry; Police and Public Security; Land Department; Education; Manamah Municipality; Muharrak [Muharraq] Municipality; Agriculture; Quarantine; Electricity; Press Propaganda; General. There is no index.

Folio 69 is a letter from Belgrave to Prior regarding two Bahraini boys educated at the American University of Beyrout [Beirut].

Folios 135-37 are correspondence between Prior and Claud Cranbrook Lewis de Grenier, Director of Customs at Bahrain, regarding a recent drop in trans-shipment duty in Bahrain.

The volume contains the following photographs:

  • Jaffariah School (folio 45);
  • Manamah-Muharrak [Manama-Muharraq] Bridge (two photographs, folio 46);
  • a new "sea road" north of the Customs House (folio 57);
  • a new quarantine site (two photographs, folio 115).

Folio 116 is a blueprint of the new quarantine.

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1 volume (145 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 147; 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 foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 25-70; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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