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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎37r] (78/440)

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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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One Kasir Obaidan ahipped by the boat of buaiaan ul
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tjhg^e indicated that the cargo was to be landed at
^atar but nothing of this sort was done*/ The cargoes of four
of these crafts were consigned to Haji Muhammad al Mani* and
the rest to Jasim and Abdullah Darwish. Not a single bale was
landed in Qatar 5 but all were redirected to Khorramshahr and
Bushire after paying S% duties to the Shaikh who prepared fresh
manifests for them showing that the goods were shipped from
Qatar. The cotton is estimated to be 6000 bales*
Two Kuwaiti boats have recently arrived at Qatari one
captained by Mahboob Kuwaiti and the other by Abdul Qadir
Tifooni. They had a cargo of about 4,000 maunds of dates
smuggled from Iran* The Shaikh of Qatar recovered from them
5% duty and prepared manifests for them stating that the dates
were shipped from Qatar to India.
One Nasir Obaidan shipped by the boat of Suaiman al
Hail of Khor al Mohanda, Qatar, 40 bags of sugar belonging
to Shaikh Hamad, to Kuwait for sale there*
Abdullah bin Darwish had purchased the ghutras and
piecegoods which he smuggled to Qatar from Ahmad al Chirawi*
The cost of these are fis.4,000. In spite of repeated demands
from Ahmad al Chirawi, Abdullah Darwish has not yet paid
this amount*
Marzuq al Shamlan Kuwaiti purchased, about 8 months
ago, piecegoods worth Rs*8G,000 and 50 bags of sugar from
Shaikh Hamad and shipped them to Kuwait. As soon as they
arrived there, the market went down and he could not sell them
at loss. Hearing that the prices are higher in Qatar, be
reshipped the goods to Qatar by Khalil Kanoo’s launch,
captained by Ahmad bin Salim. The launch returned from Qatar
2 days ago after discharging the cargo there.

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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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