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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎5r] (9/206)

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The record is made up of 1 file (100 folios). It was created in 1 Jan 1948-31 Dec 1948. 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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of Fujairah who is still in Ajinan suspectei that tho Shaikh
of Sharjah's object in making friends with TIUMAID was to
terrify him or instigate HUMAID against him now that he
(Fujairah) has agreed to give protection to the inhabitants
of vjadi el Hilu which belongs to Sharjah. The Shaikh of
Fujairah visited the 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. Agent soon after HUIiAID 1 s
arrival in Sharjah and reported to him that he suspected^
that this move by the Shaikh of Sharjah was directed against
him and that if the case was such, he could deal very effi
ciently with both HUMAID and the Shaikh of Sharjah. in the
meantime, HUMAID came to call on the 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. Agent_and, in
the presence of the Shaikh of Fujairah, told che 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.
Apent that so fhr the Shaikh of Sharjah has not disclosed the
object of his invitation to him and assured him that should
he (the Shaikh of Sharjah) try to instigate him against the
Shaikh of Fujairah he would refuse to act. The Shaikh of
Fujairah was satisfied but he proposes to stay longer in
Ajman in order to watch events.
It may be remembered that last year the Shaikh of
Sharjah took all possible precautions against^HUMAID and
ordered that he should not come to Sharjah.( ^ide paragrapn
87(ii) of intelligence Summary No.8 of 1947).
8. KALBA .
The inhabitants of Khor Fakkan and lubarah and Luliyah,
two small villages adjoining Khor Fakkan, have turned out the
employees of the Regent of Kalba from Khor Fakkan and captured
'the fort and ‘ tower in that town. They have also sent a
warning to Shaikh KHALID BIN AHMAD, the Regent, that he should
not return to Khor Fakkan as they do not want him there. The
Regent has not so far taken any steps against the inhabitants,
but told the 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. Agent when the latter called on him on
the 14th, that the uprising in Khor F&kkan was due to negli
gence and mal-administration of his nephew HUMAID who had
been put in charge of the affairs there. The Political 0 ficer,
Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. , has been asked to visit Kalba and Khor F^kAan
and report further.
9. ZUBARAH 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. AGAIN . . _ ' ’
The Shaikh of Bahrain has protested against che Shaikh
of Qatar’s cultivating some land at Lish and Hillwan and his
utilising water from "our two wells" for this purpose.
10. PEARLS .
At a meeting held at the Advisenate on the 6th of
January, 1948, His Highness Shaikh SALMAN BIN HAMAD was urged
by the leading pearl merchants who attended it, to take all
measures possible, in conjunction witn the Ruler of Saudi
Arabia and -other Rulers of the Gulf States, to forbid the
entry of foreign pearls into the Gulf States. The meeting
was called because during the last few days packets of Vene-
% zuelan pearls and also pearls from the Red Sea were alleged
to have been sent to Bahrain pearl merchants for disposal,
fhe merdhants represented that the pearl trade had been
seriously hit by India's ban on their entry into that country
and that this latest danger would strike another blow at the
industry.
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The file contains fortnightly intelligence summaries produced by the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. at Bahrain for the year 1948. The reports, marked as secret, were sent to the Government of India, 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. , and numerous diplomatic, political, and military offices in the Middle East. Each report is numbered from 1 to 24 and covers a two week period.

The reports are divided into short sections that relate to a particular subject. Contained within the file is intelligence on the following:

  • shipping;
  • visits of British and foreign notables;
  • economic and commercial matters, including the pearling industry;
  • local news and affairs, as well as that of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Oman, and the Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ;
  • the work of third parties in the region, such as the Bahrain Petroleum Company, Gray, Mackenzie and Co., and Petroleum Concessions Limited;
  • labour matters, especially strikes and unrest;
  • local reaction to international events such as the end of the British Mandate in Palestine and the death of Mohandas Gandhi;
  • the activities of the Royal Navy;
  • the supply of electricity, water and telecommunications;
  • aviation;
  • the work of the Middle East Anti-Locust Unit;
  • the traffic of slaves;
  • quarantine and medical matters;
  • weather and meteorological data.

The final page of the final report appears to be missing.

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1 file (100 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 103; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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