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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎45r] (89/206)

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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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direct approach to the tribes in the Buraimi area and
feared that the A1 Bu Shamis negotiations would tend to
encourage every tribe in the Dhahira to assert its in
dependence by dealing direct with the Comnany, He
eventually, however, agreed to recognise the results of
these negotiations and promised the Company his help with
L.e othei Buraimi tribes. He produced a number of let-
ters from the Buraimi Shaikhs in which they affirmed
their loyalty and obedience to him.
(iii) On the 10th Major Bird arrived in Bahrain
from Sharjah.
139 • QATAR.
x ^ Reference paragraph 136 (iii) of this
Intelligence Summary.
9n . til® 12th news was received in Bahrain of
the death of Shaikh Abdul Aziz al Thani at Karachi. Only
a fortnight had elapsed since the death of his father,
Summary H No a 9j ^ D ° ha ^ S6e paragraph 128 of Intelligence-
(ii) The bazaars of Dubai and Sharjah were closed
lor two days on receipt of the news of the death of
Shaikh namad bin Abdullah bin Jasim al Thani of Qatar.
^ Reference paragraph 111 of Intelligence
Summary No.8.
Shaikh Rashid has been unable to produce anv
witnesses within the further period of time allowed him
by the Political Officer, Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. . The Ruler of
i, al y /aln h8S however agreed th 1 he may call upon
Shaikh Snakhbut, the Ruler of A.bu Dhabi and four otl' i er
persons chosen by the Ruler of Dubai to take an oath
tiidt the Abu Dhabi camels v/ere not loaned to the Manasir
for raids against Dubai. The Political Officer, Trucial
Coast, has written to the Ruler of Abu Dhabi to appoint
a^ date on which he and the 4 other persons chosen will tak
lag oath and to inform him that a Dubai deputation will
wait upon him in either Abu Dhabi or Buraimi for this
141. KALBA
Reference paragraph 53 of Intelligence
Summary No.4.
letters have been exchanged between Shaikh
Hum a. id bin Mohammed bin Salim and 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. .
Bahrain, by which the former has agreed to abide by ail
the existing treaties between His Majesty’s Govcmmen"
and the former Rulers of Kalba and the terms of~the Oil
Company agreement in return for his recognition as Recent
of Kalba. Previous to the exchange of letters the no b- s
of Kalba...„

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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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