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'File 32/10 (4/18) Muharram Processions' [‎4r] (7/90)

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The record is made up of 1 file (45 folios). It was created in 6 Mar 1939-14 Dec 1944. 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.


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too optimistic to expect similar lucky results in future
and, if you agree with me, X propose to write to the Oil
Company saying that the numbers of Europeans and Americans
watching and photographing the processions must be very
strictly limited (I have the number 25 in mind): and that
they must go direct to the central square by a fixed route,
stay there until the processions are over — whether or not
they enter the square and return by the same fixed route*
It would be unreasonable, I think, to prevent people going
about their business on the tenth day of Muhurram in the
main streets, but I should like also to restrict them to
certain specified streets and roads#
3# Ail this may saem a little harsh, but it is of the
utmost importance to obviate the possibility of serious
incidents involving the local and Persian Shias on the one
hand and Europeans or Americans on the other#
4 . I have already informed the Oil Company managers
verbally that I have something of this sort in mind and
they appeared to welcome it#
vours sincerely.

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This file contains correspondence related to Muharram processions performed by the Shia community in Bahrain. Much of the correspondence relates to the logistics of the processions including details of their routes.

In particular, the correspondence discusses the desire of foreigners resident in Bahrain to observe the processions and the complications that this caused. In this context, the file contains a copy of 'Instructions to be observed by those who wish to be present at future Muharram processions' written by Charles Belgrave, Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (ff 17-18). Also enclosed is a map of central Manama marking the area where Muharram processions occurred (folio 2).

The file also contains an account written by Belgrave of disturbances that occurred during the Muharram processions of 1942 (ff 28-34).

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1 file (45 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 45; 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 3-39; 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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