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'File 0205 Sharjah Affairs (Including Bani Qitab)' [‎6r] (11/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (50 folios). It was created in 15 Dec 1937-14 Mar 1948. 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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Confidential
No.C/2-19/1.
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British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Sharjah,
1st January 1938.
To,
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.
Memorandum.
Reference your memorandum
dated the 20th December 1937.
2. No Sharjah people have so
on Sir Bu Nu*air.
3. The Shaikh intends to allow his subjects to
settle in the Island before the next diving season in
May, but cannot do so before he builds a fort for their
protection.
4. Although the Shaikh did not specifically
ask permission to build the fort, he is waiting for a
reply to see whether there is any objection to his
building the fort.
Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent,Sharjah

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The file contains correspondence relating to affairs in Sharjah. The correspondence is principally between the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent or the Political Officer at Sharjah, the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain, and the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. at Bushire (Bahrain from 1946).

Matters covered by the file include:

  • Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr, the ruler of Sharjah's proposal to build a fort on the island of Sir Bu Nu'air;
  • an intercepted letter from King 'Abdul 'Aziz bin Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia to Shaikh Muhammad bin 'Ali bin Huwaidin of the Bani Qatab [Bani Qitab] tribe (August 1939);
  • a settlement between Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr and Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed of Kalba over the allowance given to the latter;
  • fears of Bedouin raids in Dubai;
  • a proposal from the Bank of India and Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. to open a branch in Sharjah;
  • the murder of the cousin and rival of the Shaikh of Himriyah;
  • incidents of robbery by members of the Bani Qitab and Awamir tribes;
  • reparation work carried out on the falaj ( pl. aflāj), a network of water channels, at Dhaid.

Folio 12 is a secret memorandum on the Bani Qitab tribe, written by Khan Abdur Razzak, the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, dated 6 October 1943.

Folio 51 is a genealogical chart of the Qasimi tribe.

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1 file (50 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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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 52; 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 foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-34; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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