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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎4r] (12/440)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (216 folios). It was created in 10 Jun 1944-6 Jan 1946. 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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Poli-cicai Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Bahrein, 10th June IBM.
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I have the honour to enclose lor your perusal copies of
letters which have been exchanged between the Shaikh of Qatar
and toys*elf on the subject of the children of the nannri tied slave
FaraJ tin Hadi and his wife dahnah hint Morrcok.
2. it e will note that at no time vac the Sheikh of fatar called
upon to act otherwise than 1?: consonance with the provisions of
the Treaty of 1916. The /rest that he was ached to do was to gi\ r c
an assurance that the cliildjer would not ha detained in Qatar against
their will or that of their parents. The Shaikh 1 s letter of the
20th of May 1944 is distinctly non-eGenerative in substance and
impertinent in tone.
3. In or 'or to facilitate the negotiations which have been in
progre s for cone tine for the amicable sottlenrnt of the hubarah
dispute ray attitude towards the Shaikh of Qatar has been if anything
over-coneiiliatory while his has become increasingly truculent.
This must not be allowed to continue.
^ While strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Treaty
of 1916 v/e cannot force the Shaikh tc nr ad. over the children ve can
refuse to cooperate v/ith him if he is not willing to do so with us.
I am visiting. Qatar on the 14th of this mouth in company with Khan
Bahadur Saiyid Abdur Bazzaak axid I su. yont that I be empowerod to
inform the Shaikh that the tone of his letters is unpleasant and
discourteous and not such as in normal between persons of education
and good breeding, that if he is not prop>rod to cooperate in the
return of these children to the extent which we have asked him to
•hen it is regretted that we shall not be prepared to cooperate with
him to the extent of travel documents to himself and his people

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The volume contains correspondence concerning Qatar affairs, particularly the issues of smuggling, and rationing.

The principal correspondents are 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 (Tom Hickinbotham); the Head Munshi A secretary or political assistant working in the British administration in the Gulf, often also providing linguistic interpretation. of the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Bahrain (Jassim bin Mohamed [Jasim ibn Muhammad Kadmari]); 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, Sharjah (Abdur Razzaq [Khan Sahib Saiyid ‘Abd al-Razzaq]); 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. 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. ; and Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani, the Ruler of Qatar [‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī].

The papers cover: correspondence and reports by British officials concerning the issues of slave trading, arms traffic, and the smuggling of goods at Qatar; the involvement of individual Qataris; the British decision to impose rationing on quota goods (including a discussion paper entitled 'Rationing in Qatar', folio 56); the question of the appointment of a food controller; correspondence on these subjects from Shaikh Abdullah; information on members of the Ruling family (e.g. descriptive chart entitled 'Qatar Ruling Family' on folios 130-131); and some information on general conditions in Qatar.

The Arabic language content of the papers consists of approximately thirty folios of correspondence, mainly between British officials and the Ruler of Qatar.

Extent and format
1 volume (216 folios)

The papers are filed in chronological order from the front to the back of the file, except where enclosures of an earlier date are filed after their relevant covering letter, and terminate in a set of notes (folios 209-215). Circled serial numbers in crayon and ink (red for incoming, blue/black for outgoing correspondence), which occur occasionally in the correspondence, refer to entries in the notes.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 218; 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 4-208; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in 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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