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'File 1/A/5 III ADMINISTRATION. QATAR AFFAIRS.' [‎42r] (88/440)

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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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In view of the fact that y&x Express Letter No. c/374
dated the 18th October was not received by me until you had
arrived in Bahrain on tour and His Highness had expressed a
desire to discuss the Zubara question with you at an early
opportunity I refrained from taking action in accordance with
paragraph 6 of my letter No.C/1424 dated the 4th October IS44.
2. On the 19th of October at the interview which you had
with His Highness at Raffa, at which were present the Adviser
to the Bahrain Government and myself, he spoke with considerable
feeling on the subject of what he considered to be the Shaikh
of Qatar*s failure to implement the Bahrain--Qatar Agreement.
He demanded the destruction of the Qatar fort at Zubara and
the withdrawal from zubara of the Shaikh of Qatar’s guards,
you refrained from stating any opinion at the time and informed
His Highness that you proposed to let him have an answer at a
later date. As a result of further discussions which we had
on the subject it ras decided that His Highness* demand for the
destruction of the fort was unreasonable and not in accordance
with the aforesaid agreement, 1 hereas his request for the with
drawal of the .guards might bo considered to be reasonable. In
order to ascertain what the Shaikh of Qatar’s attitude would be
to a request by us for the withdrawal of the guards it was deci
ded that Khan Bahadur Saiyid Abdur Razzaak, 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 |||
at Sharjah, should go to Qatar and personally sound the Shaikh
on this point. Phis was done and shortly after y ,ur return from
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India the Khan Bahadur returned to Bahrain from Qatar with the x
somewhat disconcerting news thab the Shaikh of Qatar had refused
point blank to agree to any suggestion that the guards should be
3. On my instructions Khan Bahadur Saiyid Abdur R a zzaak while
in Qatar made confidential enquiries into certain allegations
with regard to smuggling which have been received by me and on
his return handed me a report which confirmed my suspicions that
smuggling of piecegcods as being carried on and that Shaikh

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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.

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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