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'File 8/16 Bahrain Intelligence Summary' [‎72r] (143/206)

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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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symptoms of bein^ drunk. As a result on Friday
^vnen ms Highness attended pul lie prayers in the Juma'
hosque^the Sunni Qadhi spoke so feelingly of tie evils
°i drin-: and the reproach attached to the Government for
allowing the sale of intoxicants that the following day
ms Hignness issued an "uhlan" prohibiting the sale of apple
cider to the puMic. This wrs not -he occasion,'the oadhi
mus o -ic ve decided 5 go speaK also of the evils of prostitution
is a nouse o^ner and several of his houses are rented to
' ii) During
K h. a 1 i f a h family
t v e period under
Sheikh ,.11 1 in ,
report a
.hmed bun
member of tb e
Alio who was
driving his own car. collided with t; c- car of Muhammed
She. ikh
.sh Siianirj the Secretary of the Manamah Municipality,
■ i -li dc.s considerably under t’ e influence of liquor
andnad a prostitute in the back seat of his car. He was
arrested by the traffic police and his Highness was asked
Tv7 h r ;t h e h snould do with him,. His Highness replied that Shaikh
Sii °uld to detained in the police fort for t■■ e niglit.
ln_e next morning he was released and ordered to confine him
self to his house for the next six months,
been posted over the house and Shaikh ,.li is
•Hie difference in treatment meted out to one
and to the ordinary Bahraini ? who would have
months rigorous imprisonment for a like offence,
unfavourable comment.
No guards have
only-on parole.-,
of the A1 Khaiifah
received six
has caused
28 ships (10 Panamanian, 5 Japanese, 4 American,
1 Dutch, 1 Italian, 1 Norwegian, 1 French,
4 British,
1 Spanish) called at the port of Bahrain during the period
under review, Imports we: e 987 tons of general cargo for
Bahrain and 622 tons for transhipment to the mainland
Exports were
248,100 tons and 32,000 drums of petroleum
Maximum temperature
Minimum temperature
Maximum humidity
Minimum humidity
102.0° on 1-9-1948
77,0° on 11-9-1948
88/1 on 1-9-1948
501’ on 5-9-1948.
Political l-entj Bahrain.

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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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