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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎18r] (35/206)

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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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beyonri ; 'hac they can affori to pay them. '•levertherless, since
A-nLi into the fight against Dubai, they are.
since especially/pha^ >.ribe have recently received a severe beatinr
-^ or( ; es * i j0 r - r y an( ^ Eicike peace between chen and
lie^ohaikh 01 Dubai Shaikh Shakhbuc is sending his brothers
^ayid and T Iazza to the tribe to r,hi ^
53. KALBA.
Reference para 35 oi Intelligence Sunrnary No. 5.
, 0 ^ :ie P^ii’-'J-cal Agent; visited Kalba and Has al Khainiah
jnr an ' ^ arc h and foun^ 1 there the condition of
alfairsjas reported in paragraph 32 of summary No. 2* this
•‘ r as comrrned when his first car was approaching Khor Fakkan
evenin o by a fusillade of small stones fired from ancient
rifles -no one /as injured. Ahmed bin Hasan, who represents
.he peopie oi Nalba, Khor Fakkan, and the ''revolted" villages
stated very definitely that they had had enough of Khali^ and
nis nephews, but 'you id obey any one whom His Majesty's
government approved.' vr hen pressed, he said that they would
prefer a Jassimi as Chief and opted for Humaid bin Mohammed and
baqr bin Nohammed (nephews of the recently deposed Ruler of Ras
al Khairnah) and Ho hammed bin Saqr (brother/of Shaikh of Sharjah)/^u
m this ^ order of preference. The first choice seems to be
nost^ suitable and he is being consulted unofficially as to
..he'.ner ne yould be prepared to accept the regency.
54 • BENI QlfAB .
Reference para 25 of Intelligence Summary No. 2.
The Shaikh of Dubaihas imprisoned the brother of the
culprit ^ the stolen rifle and ammunition are recovered.
.he incident cook place in Sharjah territory and not in Dubai
as mentioned.
- 0n k* 16 h" 1 - 30 Januar 7 a car belonging to one Ahmad bin
Abdur Razzaq, a Bahrain subject, carrying passengers for-Kuscat
had^a breakdown in the vicinity of Al Hurra water well in Sharjah
territory. Two of the Beni Qitab looted the passengers’ lugrare
stripped the car of itsmovable parts and damaged the body. So
far .ne ohaikh of Sharjah has taken no action against the culprits.
55. 1 OMAN .

During the period under report four robbers raided
Abu Baqara on the Batinah Coast and stole 40 cows w r hich they
took to Buraimi. About 20 men from Abu Baqara went to Buraimi
and approached Shaikh Saqr bin Sultan of the Nai’m to assist
in recovering the stolen cows. He did nothing, for them,
returned without achieving'anything, although thev saw with
own eyes their cows being sol^ in Buraimi.
(ii)_ It is reported that the Imam of Oman has ordered that
Falaj al Ohubbii^ which lies in the Al Driz country in the ■*
vicinity of Ibn, should be repaired and that he is trying to
extend his authority to the Beni Gahir of Al Driz but that they
refusedto obey him and are willing to fight the Imam If necessary,
/ They have

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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)

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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