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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎22r] (48/440)

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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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30 bales of cloth covering Qatar quota has recently
arrived at Qatar from Dubai. Abdullah Darwish suggested
keeping 7 bales (neel and Sawahli) for the town and exporting
the remaining 23 bales. Shaikh Hamad agreed to this and that
is why Abdullah Darwish left Bahrain hurriedly for Qatar on
the 12th September.
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Arms Traffic.
• Shaikh Hamad has always been dealing in arms-,
selling in Qatar as well as exporting to Iran, He sold and
exported large quantities of rifles and ammunition in the
past years. The follovd.ng are four recent cases of arms
traffic carried out by Shaikh Hamad:-
(a) About three months ago Shaikh Hamad shipped 127
rifles in five lots in the boom of Sultan Jabir
of Qatar and made in charge of Ahmad Abdullah Husaih.
They were consigned to Bandar Tihin in Kishkunar
Province of South Iran. The arms were sold there
to Persians named Abdullah Zar Husain, Abbas Mad
Tahir and Shaikh Bu Hindi, Ruler^of Surubash. He
also sold 6000 rounds of ammunition to Mirza A sad
Khanasiri of Lawar at Rs.200 per 100 rounds.
(b) About the same period he sold 5 7-shot guns with j
60 rounds of ammunition for Rs.l^AO to a Persian
named Muhammad Rafi bin Abdur Rahman.
(c) About 2 months ago he sold 4- rifles to a Tangisiri
named Ghulum Abbas through one Ibrahim Obaidah
Qatari. Two of them were 10-shot rifles sold at
Rs.1000 each and the other two 7-shot T UT »kish rifles i
sold at Rs.1240 each.
(d) He sold through Abdullah Darwish 2 German rifles
to a Persian named Abbas Zayir Ali for Rs.l40( an-:
3 9-shot rifles for Rs.700.
Slave Trade.
About four months ago Shaikh Hamad sent seven
slaves(4 male and 3 female')to Riyadh through one Abdullah bin ^
Ghanim al Hajiri for sale there. He bought two of these
slaves from the family of Muhammad bin Hijji of Doha and two
slaves from the sons of Bin Mad-hoob of Gakrah, one female
slave from the sons of Hasr and two slaves bought for him
from Khor el Mohanda by Jasim bin Darwish. Abdullah bin
Ghanim sold all these slaves in Riyadh and with their cost
purchased piecegoods and sugar which he smuggled out of
Saudi Arabia to Qatar. _ _ ^

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Content

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)
Arrangement

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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