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File 1508/1905 Pt 1 'Bahrain: situation; disurbances (1904-1905); Sheikh Ali's surrender; Question of Administration Reforms (Customs etc)' [‎25r] (54/531)

The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in Nov 1904-Aug 1914. It was written in English and French. 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 this connection it should he mentioned
tha'u an inquiry was received from the French Govern
ment in July 1904 as to bringing Bahrein within the
jurisdiction of their Vice-Consulate at Bushire, the
reason given being that French subjects had come to
establish themselves on the island and carry on pearl
^ fishing. The Goverrment^were in favour of postponing
the reply to the French request, and so far as this
Office is aware, the matter has been dropped. It
would not be surprising now if Germany also were to
raise the question of consular representation in the
i si and.
In August 1904 the Gov-
Mr. Brodrick 9 s despatch dated 5th
August 1904 ( 2929 / 04 ) . eminent of India were auth
orised, with a view to strengthening our position with
the Sheikh, to appoint an officer of the Regular
Political Service as Resident, in the place of the
existing Agent (appointed in 1901) ^ who was of a lower
Jative
official status. A small guard of ^Infantry was also
sanctioned, and it was a’rranged that a suitable vessel
should be placed at the disposal of the Political
Officer to be used if necessary in the suppression of
piracy in the shallower waters of the coast. This
vessel has not yet been provided, but in February last
the Government of India told Major Cox that they
584/06 hoped shortly to make arrangements for its provision.
Sir II 0 9 Conor *3 despatch Sir 11 0 9 Conor, who was con-
of 28 th June 1904.
(2929/04) suited, stated that he had felt
strongly for some years past, that
we were losing the opportunity of asserting our supremr
acy in Bahrein, that he sincerely welcomed the propo
sals of the Government of India, and that he undertook
that the Turkish Government should raise no serious
difficulties.
fhe officer appointed was Captain Prideaux.
Two incidents that took place in Bahrein
towards

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The volume contains correspondence relating to disturbances in Bahrain and the consequent discussion over administrative changes. The correspondence is mostly between the 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. , the Foreign Office, and the Government of India. Further correspondence, included as enclosures, is from the following:

The disturbances centred around attacks on a German man and several Persians by Shaikh Isa's nephew, Ali bin Ahmed, and his followers in late 1904. The papers within the volume cover several matters related to these attacks:

  • the investigation into the details of the attacks;
  • the discussion over what to do about Ali bin Ahmed and his eventual exile;
  • British naval operations to enforce order;
  • Turkish claims that Shaikh Isa believes himself to be a Turkish subject;
  • the discussion over increased administrative intervention in Bahrain, specifically control of customs.
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1 volume (260 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 1508 (Bahrain) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/81-83. The volumes are divided into five parts, with parts 1 and 2 comprising one volume each, and parts 3, 4, and 5 comprising the third volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 262; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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File 1508/1905 Pt 1 'Bahrain: situation; disurbances (1904-1905); Sheikh Ali's surrender; Question of Administration Reforms (Customs etc)' [‎25r] (54/531), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/81, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100027013012.0x000037> [accessed 16 October 2019]

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