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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎24r] (52/440)

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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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reply. Salih being upset, went and drew up a long memorandum
addressing it to Shaikh Abdullah in which he mentioned all
the services which he rendered to him and that he is not
being cared for now. Apparently no action ?/as taken. Salih
is said to be very unhappy with this state of affairs and
Abdullah Darwish’s close connection with Hamad and expects
still a more gloomy future, especially when he heard that
Shaikh Hamad and Abdullah Darwish have or are going to
anpoint an Iraqi from Bahrain to take the place of Salih.
It is true that Salih used to put obstacles in the way
of Government demands from Shaikh Abdullah.
Abdullah Darwish.
Abdullah bin Darwish is Shaikh Hamad’s adviser
of his wealth. Abdullah won this position with Hamad for
the following two main reasons:^
Abdullah Darwish is cunning,.liar and rogue. Wherever he
goes he leaves, behind a black spot to his repute. His
boy working in the Mission Hospital was subject tc much
affairs but carries each and everything that he hectrs,
whether favourable or unfavourable, to Shaikhs Abdullah
and Hamad. He is considered unreliable.
on all matters especially those which lead to he swelling
(a) Because he smuggled and is still smuggling
goods for him and making good profits,
(b) 'Family affair.’
giving Rs.1000 and a valuable wrist watch to a beautiful ^
qomment here.
Muhammad al Man!’.
Muhammad does not take keen interest in the Qatar
Submitted, plea

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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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