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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎25r] (54/440)

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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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Further to the previous report on Arms Traffic,
the following informatoon has been supplied by Husain Himah:-
Shaikh Hamad sold through Abdullah Darwish the
foilowing arms and ammun it ion: -
(a) 15,000 rounds of ammunition sold to one Yahia
agent of Ali Ismail, a notorious Persian outlaw
of Dayyir in Iran who was chased last year by
the R.A.F. for committing highway robbery and
disturbing peace and ordef. Out of these,10000
rounds were for 5-shot guns, 3,000 rounds were
of the type used by the imy and 3,000 rounds
were for IQ-fHot guns. These were sold at
Rs.200 per 100 rounds. The Army type rounds were
sold at Rs.100 per 100 rounds.
(b) He sold to the same person six 10-shot rifles
for Rs.550.
(c) Abdullah Darwish sold 4 rifles belonging to him
to Ali Ismail, two of which were 5-shot rifles
sold for Rs.1,000 and the other two 10-shot
rifles for Rs.700.
(d) Abdullah Darwish bought one 7-shot rifled from
MuhaBomad bin Othaman, Director of Customs,Qatar,
for Rs.550 and sold it to Bahmiyah brother of
Ali Ismail for Rs.800,
Hass Immigration from Qatar .
There is a great tendency amongst the people
of Qatar to immigrate from Qatar and dwell in other
neighbouring towns such as Bahrain, Hasa, Darin et£. -This
immigration is not carried out by individuals but by
families. Several families have already left. Amongst these
were two famous families namely Al Husallam and Abdullah bin
Turki who have already left Qatar and took Darin as their
residence. It came to the notice of the Shaikh of Qatar
that Khalifah bin Hitmi, an important and wealthy pearl
merchant of Qatar had determined to immigrate from Qatar
with all his relatives and followers whose number may be
well about 200. It is said that the Shaikh did not allow
him to leave Qatar and sent for Abdullah bin Darwish to go
to Qatar and help to settle the matter. If the Shaikh allows
mass immigration from Qatar, the town will be reduced to
nothing and will eventually disappear from the map as a
town. It is said that a Nejdi resident of Qatar removed
the chandaIs ; and doors of his house and tried to take them

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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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