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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎67r] (133/206)

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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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The ventilation of the Persian claim to Bahrain
on the radio news has caused a great deal of talk about it
locally and of course much wild speculation. Fantastic
as it seems_one theory is that Great Britain is prepared
to let Persia into Bahrain in return for the guarantee that
her and not the United States’ influence would be predominant
in. the Bahrain Petroleum Company. (It is firmly believed
locally that the Bahrain Petroleum Company is controlled entirely
from the United States.) All this talk is causing concern
to the Shaikh of Bahrain and he h< n s asked the Political
Agent why no denial of the claim has been issued by His
Majesty's Government.
(i) Fujairah.
About a month ago 10 robbers believed to be from
the Beni Qitab attacked three of the Sharqiyeen who were
also Fujairah subjects at Tuwi Rashid on the main Sharjah -
Dhaid road killing one and robbing them of what goods they
had with them. The Shaikh of Fujairah took the matter up
with the Beni T^i-tab "but failing to get any redress he has
now declared hostilities against them. Recently an important
member of the Beni Qitab was killed by Sharqiyeen tribesmen
in the vicinity of Khatt. They also killed by mistake a
Mazrui, a Ras al Khaimah subject. The Beni Qitab retaliated
by killing one of the Sharqiyeen but he was not a Fujairah
subj ect,
(ii) Abu Dhabi .
Shaikh Shakhbut bin Sultan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi,
has recently married a young bedouin girl (a child of 12 years)
from the Abal Khail tribe.
(iii) P earling .
During the period under report the majority of the
Trucial Coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. diving boats left for the diving banks. It
is estimated that the number of diving boats, both large and
small, which' - have so far left is four times more than that
which went to the diving during the earlier part of the
diving season, i.e., before Ramadhan. This increase is due
to the fact that the prices of certain types of pearls have
gone up in India which has led local as well as Indian mer
chants to finance diving boats. The following is an estimate
of the diving boats which have already sailed:;
Abu Dhabi
Jazirat al Hamrah
Umm al Qaiwain
Ras al Khaimah
198. Shipping

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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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