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'File 4/13 II Zubarah' [‎212r] (429/543)

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The record is made up of 1 file (268 folios). It was created in 9 Jun 1937-28 Jul 1937. 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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Statement made by Shaikh. Fashid. bin Muhammad, Chiei" of
Naim tribe. Recorded in the Palace at Bahrain on the
13th July 1937.
We had at Tkaghab in the Qasar 40 armea men. A
messenger came from them saying that they were fearful and
tnat they wanted camels and water be sent to them so that
they should ride and come to us. We sent 26 men mounted
on camels and four horsemen as guards in order to bring them
When they reached near the ^asar Shaikh Abdullah T s army
appeared. They were in cars and on horses (4 cars and
about 30 horsemen) ana more than 2t>0 camel riders. When
our people saw Shaikh AoQullah T s followers, they returned
and diu not go to the < t asar. On their return the cars and
the horsemen overtook them so they were obliged to make
their camels kneel down. Shaiivh Abdullah T s men fired on
them and killed four men among them was my brother Hamad
bin Muhammad. They also killed 4 horses, wounded three
men and killed 24 camels. Then they captured the Qasar
and demolished it. They also occupied the towns (Faraihah,
Arish, Akhdai, H asr al Thaghab and Khuwairjtook away all
the foodstuff and plundered those who were from our
followers, such as al Akbesah and Bu Ka f aban, carrying away
their clothes, mattings, pots, cows, donkeys and the hair
tents. They also took away the sails ana the ropes of the
boats. Afterwards Shaikh Abdullan marched and halted near
Morair fort which belongs to Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. . One of the Arabs
(Haza f bin Khalil, Shaikh Hamaa r s man) wrote asking him
(Shaikh Abdullah) to refrain from sneding the blood of the
Muslims and also from demanding anything from them. He
(Shaikh Abdullah) then sent a letter with his brother saying
that he wanted to see me. I interviewed him because our
food stuff had exhausted and the way was cut as Shaikh
Abdullah stood between us and Bahrain. When I went to him

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This file contains correspondence regarding tensions between Qatar and Bahrain over the ownership of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and related clashes that took place between the forces of Qatar and members of the Al Naim tribe (allied to the Al Khalifa, the ruling family of Bahrain).

Much of the correspondence relates to British-mediated negotiations and as such, it consists of letters (in Arabic and English translation) between Tom Hickinbotham, Britain's 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. in Bahrain, and the rulers of Qatar and Bahrain, Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī and Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah, respectively. The file also contains correspondence between Hickinbotham, Shaikh Rashīd bin Muḥammad, Chief of the Al Naim tribe and Charles Belgrave, the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain.

The file contains copies of British Government correspondence from 1874-1876 when similar tensions had arisen between Qatar and Bahrain over Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. (ff 178-197) and also includes a series of 12 black and white, aerial photographs of Qatar, mainly of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. (ff 251-263).

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1 file (268 folios)
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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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 219-234; 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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'File 4/13 II Zubarah' [‎212r] (429/543), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/203, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 March 2019]

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