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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎27r] (58/440)

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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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CONFIDENTIAL
P»A «
Husain Nimah has furnished the following
information
M l. Abdullah bin Ghanim bin Saif al Hajiri, servant
of Shaikh Hamad of Qatar,proceeded to Hedjaz with Shaikh
Ali bin Abdullah bin Qasim al Than! for pilgrimage. Abdullah
took with him 10 male and 6 female slaves belonging to
Shaikh Hamad for sale in b a udi Arabia.
2. Shaikh Ali bin Abdullah took with him 8 female
slaves; 6 for sale and 2 for service.
3. Nasir bin Jasim al Thani took with him to Saudi
Arabia 2 female slaves(for sale in Saudi Arabia). One of
them was bought by him from his brother Muhammad bin
Jasim al Ihani for 18s.2200 and th6 other from a bedouin
named Bin b a fwan for Ks.2000.
4. A sailing boat captained by Nakhuda The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. Bin Ghaith
brought 1800 maunds of dates smuggled from Persia belonging
to Filaij Brothers Kuwaitis . The cargo was consigned to
Jasim & Abdullah Barwish who prepared manifests for it
showing that it was shipped from Qatar to India.
5. Another boat captained by nakhMa bin Bijad arrived
with a cargo of 1500 maunds of smuggled dates belonging
to Fahad al Tikhaim &uwaiti. The same action was taken
with regard to this consignment too.
6. Shail^h Hamad of Qatar sold a lorry which he had
purchased from P.C.L. for Ks.6400 for Rs.50,000. It is
being shipped to Kuwait. Abdullah bin Darwish will shortly
be proceeding to Kuwait*”- *
21*.10.44

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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)
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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