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File 8/9 Annual Report on the State of Bahrain for the year AH 1351 [‎33r] (70/200)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (96 folios). It was created in 3 Jun 1933-27 Jul 1933. It was written in English. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Land registrations.
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. during the celebrations on the
occasion of H. E. Shaikh Hamad's succession.
A few months-before the end of the year a test case
ocurred. A v/ife of Shaikh Mohomed bin Isa, who did
not belong to the Khalifah family, died without
leaving any children. She held two or three gardens
which were "hiba" from Shaikh Isa. These gardens
according to the custom reverted to the Ruler.
Unfortunately Shaikh Hohomed bin Isa seized this oppor
tunity to oppose the previous decision by every pos
sible means and he endeavoured to induce some of his
relations to support him. although his brothers and
his nephew Shaikh Salman had solemnly agreed that
such property should be held for life, Shaikh Mohammad
denied that the custom had ever existed. TJhen innumer
able examples were quoted of Shaikh Isa having taken
back property which he had gifted after the death of
the recipient Shaikh Mohomed tried to prove that each
of these cases v/ere governed by particular reasons
not by family customs. H. E. Shaikh Hamad was much
displeased by Shaikh Mohomed r s attitude and by his
violent language.
Eventually Shaikh Mohomed suggested that if an
exception was made in the case of his own property
he would withdraw all opposition and give the matter
his support, provided that he was given a binding
written promise that the £id%e gifts of land held by
him and his sons should be theirs in perpetuity, never
to revert to the Ruler. It was finally decided that
the matter should be postponed for a month or two; at
the time of writing this report no further action has

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The volume contains the Annual Report of the Government of Bahrain for the Hijri year 1351 AH. The report is written by the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave.

The report was submitted by Belgrave to 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. at Bahrain, Percy Gordon Loch, who then forwarded it to the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , at Bushire. The correspondence relating to this process is included in the volume.

The report itself (folios 8-83), submitted in June 1933, is divided into sections corresponding to a particular subject, as follows: Revenue and Expenditure; Pearl Industry; Police and Public Security; Judicial; Land Registrations; Education; Manamah Municipality; Muharraq Municipality; Artesian Wells; Agriculture; Sunni Wakf Department; Shia Wakf Department; Audit; Imperial Airways; Press Propaganda; Counterfeit Coins; Death of Shaikh Sir Isa bin Ali [Shaikh ‘Īsá bin ‘Alī Āl Khalīfah], accession of Shaikh Hamad bin Isa [Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah]; Bahrain Electric Supply; Customs; General; Miscellaneous.

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1 volume (96 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically.

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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 98; 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 present in parallel between ff 12-83; these numbers are also written in ink, but are not circled, and are located in the 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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