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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎62v] (124/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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May it be known to him who sees and reads this that when the Imam Abdul
Aziz-bin-Abdurrahman-al-Feysal, may God protect him, ordered us to go to the
Imam Muhammad-bin-Ali-bin-Idris to conclude an agreement of particular
Islamic brotherhood and to bring about union in the religion of God and His
Prophet, and to invite people to collaborate in good deeds and piousness, to
cause good manners to be carried out and evils prohibited, to strive in the Course
of the pause of God and to endeavour to unite the hands against the enemies of
the religion. When we approached the above-mentioned Imam he was glad and
pleased to hear it. He liked it and he was keen about collaboration in working
for the welfare. It was, therefore, decided by us and him to have an agreement
of brotherhood concluded between the two above-mentioned Imams on the above-
mentioned lines. Whereas there were in the kingdom (? territory) of the Imam
Muhammad-bin-Ali tribes and cities in Yemen of those which were in the past
belonging to A1 Sand, the Imam Abdul Aziz has left them for him because of his
desire for the welfare and collaboration in the same and his good behaviour. It
is, therefore, necessary, to specify the tribes and to distinguish them in order that
each one of them may undertake the duties commanded by God in respect of the
subjects under him., So the tribes of all Yam, Wadaa and those which belong to
them of Beni Jamaa, Sahar, Sharif, Qahtan, Rufeyda and Ubeyda, including
Beni Bishr, Beni Talq, Shahran, Beni Shehr, Ghamid, Asir Ghamid, and all
“ Qadha ” (province) of Mahayel, including Beni Thua, people of Bareq and
Tarqash, people of Ar Rish, and others who belong to them, and all the tribes
of Hali mentioned are all under the Imam Abdul Aziz. Those belonging to the
Imam Muhammad-bin-Ali-al-Idrisi are Tihama, except what is mentioned
above, and other belongings in his possession. Rijal-al-Ma of Asir is his own
property. Neither party should interfere in affairs of the subjects of the other
party. The tribes of the Surat, Tihama, Yam and others mentioned above as
belonging to Abdul Aziz-bin-Abdurrahman cover the villages and the Bedouins
in mountains and plain lands. They have to advise and collaborate with each
other, and to exert their endeavours in performing their duties commanded by
God as to what is necessary for the religion of Islam and in respect of their
subjects. This has been issued, written and declared by us, the representa
tives of the Imam, as we are acting on his behalf, and by the Imam Muhammad-
bm-Ali-bin-Idris, in his presence and under his signature. This agreement and
covenant has been given by us and him. He who goes back on his word will be
violating his own promise. May God grant us success. Prayers and peace of
God may be upon Muhammad, his relatives and friends.
16th Dhul Hijja, 1388 (31st August, 1920).
i (Seal.)
Representatives of the Imam :
Feysal-bin-Abdul Aziz-al-Mubarak.
{Received on 25th August 1934, with Political Secretary's letter No. 32 dated
the 9th August 1934.)
Letter from the Admiralty, to the 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. , No. M.-3453I34 dated the
2nd August 1934.
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit
for the information of the Secretary of State for India in Council extracts
from a report of proceedings of H. M. S. Colombo at Mukalla and Socotra
covering the period 23rd to 25th April, 1934.
2. Similar letters have been sent to the Colonial Office and the Air
Enclosure to Serial No. (74).
Report of Proceedings of H. M. S. Colombo at Mombasa, for the period 23rd
to 25th April 1934.
Mukalla. 23rd April—24th April (Time Zone 3|).
35. The ship arrived at Mukalla at 09-35. On arrival the Port Officer and
doctor came off and I arranged to call on His Highness the Sultan. This I did

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; 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 also present in parallel between ff 2-215; 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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