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'QATAR SUCCESSION' [‎38r] (75/102)

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The record is made up of 1 file (49 folios). It was created in 18 Jun 1944-28 Jun 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. 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.


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PERSIAN RESIDENCY A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ,
30th December, l°k 8 .
I here the honour to report th^t Hie Excellency
Sheikh Abdullah bin Qaeim el Thant Qatar hre ©r^ointed
his eldest son All ©« succeeeor in nl^cc of his second son
Hemwd who died in May last. Hamad, who possessed a much
stronger character' than his elder brother was reoogni r
as Abdullah* e successor as long ago as 1935* end for several
years before his death had been attending to most of the
affairs of the State on behalf of his father Who is very
old. All was at one time reported to be of a religious
turn of mind and to be averse to State affairs. It is dif
ficult to prophesy what sort of a ruler he will make, but
he is perhaps likely to show a less bitter at itude towards
the Shaikh of Bahrain than his father or his late brother.
Shaikh Abdullah, although he is reputed to be over 80, and
is probably about 70 , and is suffering from diabetes, h^s
shown renewed vigour since Hamad*s death, and may live for
several years yet.
2, It is rumoured that Shaikh Abdullah has designated
Khslif&h, who is the third son of the late Hamad and a boy
of 18, as the second successor to the Sheikhdom. If this
Is true the action is unfortunate and may lead to trouble
later, as AH has a large number of sons of hie own.
3 . All 1 s appointment as successor was declared in a
speech made on the 3Dth June by Sheikh Abdullah to *s*em~
bly of members of his family end a number of notables who
subsequently signed a letter, « translation of which I en
close, agreeing to the appointment. The whole affair was
kept very oulet »nd was not disclosed to the Political Ag
ent until he visited Qatar in the latter half of November.
I have the honour to be,
with the highest respect,
Your most obedient humble Servant,
(Signed) W. B. HAY.
The Rt. Hon. Ernest Bevin, N.P.,
Etc., etc., etc.,
Foreign Office,
(Enclosure: 1)

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This file concerns the appointment of an heir to Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thanī, Ruler of Qatar, following the illness and death of his son and heir-apparent, Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Abdullāh Āl Thānī. Details include: Ḥamad's illness and his role in the settlement of the conflict over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. (al-Zubārah) between Bahrain and Qatar in 1944; illnesses of both Shaikh ‘Abdullāh and Shaikh Ḥamad in June 1946; reports on the health of Shaikh ‘Abdullāh by Dr G F N Anderson, Medical Officer at Dukhan [Dukhān] for Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited during 1947 (folios 8-13); and the serious illness of Shaikh Ḥamad in May 1948 and his death on 27 May 1948.

After the announcement of Shaikh Ḥamad's death, there follows correspondence concerning the appointment of a successor, including: Shaikh ‘Abdullāh's announcement of his son, Shaikh ‘Alī bin ‘Abdullāh, as his successor (ff 27-30); information regarding the succession of Shaikh ‘Alī in the event of his death (ff 33 and 38); Shaikh ‘Abdullāh's request for His Majesty's Government to recognise Shaikh ‘Alī as his successor (ff 39 and 42-45); and attempts by Shaikh ‘Abdullāh to recover money from Shaikh Ḥamad's account with the Eastern Bank Limited, Bahrain, in 1949 (ff 40-41). Included within the file is a 'Genealogical Tree of the Ruling Family of Qatar' (ff 23-24).

Correspondents within this file include: the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. at Bushire and later at Bahrain; 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. at Bahrain; Olaf Kirkpatrick Kruuse Caroe, External Affairs Department of the Government of India, New Delhi; Ernest Vincent Packer and Basil Henry le Riolet Lermitte, Petroleum Concessions Limited, Bahrain.

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1 file (49 folios)

The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. File notes appear at the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 51; 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. An additional incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 25-45; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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