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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎15r] (34/440)

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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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F.A .
In accordsnce with your orders, I visited Hussain
Nimah at his place the other night rnd obtained the following
information from him. He said that he is quite prepared to
supply you with any inside information in which you are
interested as he knows all the ins and outs of oatar, that
he does not expect anything in return as he considers that
by doing so he will be rendering a great service to his own
country which is undergoing much tyranny and oppression at
the hands of its greedy rulers who are not doing anything
for the welfare of their own people and who are misguided by
self-interested persons. He added that what he says is a
clear and true picture of the state of affairs prevailing
in ogtar without theleast exaggeration and requested that
the source of this information may not be disclosed, although
he does not fear anything so long as he is living in Bahrain.
The Cereal Quota of Qatar .
^atar gets a. quota of 1500 bags of cereals (wheat,
barley and whertflour) a month. Out of this 700 brgs are
exported. The barley is sold at ps. 14 per maund of 56 lbs.,
the wheat at Rs. 18 per maund and whertflour at Rs. 38 a bag.
The remaind'r is given for public consumption.
The Sugar Quota of n atar .
Oatar’s monthly quota of sugar used to be 200
bags. Bhaikh Abdullah and Hamad used to select 100 bags
' 50 for each) out of the best quality and expot them to
Kuwait and the remaining 100 bags handed over for local
consumption. But about 2 months ago when the quantity was
reduced to 100 bags, 60 bags are taken away by shaikh
Abdullah and Hamad and 40 given for local consumption at the
rate of J lb. to each person.
The ^iecegoods ^uots of Qatar .
Only once and that is about three months ago that cloth
was given to the people of ^atar. ®11 previous quotas used to
be exported by the shaikh.

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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.

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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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