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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎4r] (7/508)

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The record is made up of 1 file (252 folios). It was created in 15 Mar 1942-17 Aug 1948. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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stated in his opinion Great Britain rightly enjoyed for fair
dealing and mentioned Sir Percy Cox*s letter dated the 21st
November, 1914, and went on to remind me that Shaikh Khazal
had died in Tehran probably from poisoning and that the family
property both in Iranian and in Iraq, was no longer under the
control of Shaikh Khazal’s heirs* He then concluded by stating
that Sir Percy Oox’s letter was issued under instructions
from the Government of India and he therefore appealed to them
on his own behalf and that of his faraily to aid them* I said
I would pass on his repuest to the Hon’ble the Political
Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .
2. On my return to Kuwait from Bahrain on the 10th of
March I was surprised to find Shaikh Chassib still here and
apparently awaiting my arrival. On the 11th of March His
Highness the Shaikh of Kuwait called to see me and in the
course of conversation mentioned that Shaikh Chassib had asked
his permission to go to Riyadh to ask Ibn Saud to take up his
case with the British Government and that he, the Shaikh of
Kuwait, had replied that naturally he could not object to his
going to Riyadh but that he must first obtain Ibn Baud’s
permission. Shaikh Chassib applied through Abdulla al Nafisi,
the Saudi Government agent here, for permission to pay the
visit but after some delay Abdulla al Nafisi was instructed
to enquire for what purpose Shaikh Chassib wished to visit
Riyadh and he accordingly did so. It seems that Shaikh Chassib
then again consulted the Shaikh of Kuwait and stated that he
particularly wished to see Ibn Saud as he had a document signed
by the Shaikhs and leaders of Khuzistan calling on him to
assume his father's title and return to Khuzistan as their
Shaikh and Ruler and he wished to enlist Ibn Baud's assistance
to induce His Majesty's Government to permit him to do so.
The Shaikh of Kuwait strongly advised him to give up all idea
of going to Riyadh in person and suggested that if he thought
that it would be of any use he could always make a written
appeal/

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This file relates to the heirs of Shaikh Khaz‘al [Khaz‘al bin Jabir bin Merdaw Āl Ka‘bī], the late Arab Shaikh of Mohommerah [Khorramshahr], and their requests for British assistance.

The first few items of correspondence concern Shaikh Khaz‘al's eldest son, Shaikh Chassib bin Khaz‘al [Shaikh Chassib bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī], who is now living in Iraq and who is reported to have requested permission from the British Embassy at Baghdad to enter Iran (most of the correspondence in this file refers to Iran as Persia), for the purpose of personally pressing his claims to property belonging to his father, which had been sequestered by the late Shah [Reza Shah Pahlavi].

The remainder of the file relates to Shaikh Chassib's brother, Shaikh Abdullah bin Khaz‘al [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī], and his wish to return to live in Persia, apparently peacefully, which is treated with suspicion by British officials. Much of the correspondence discusses whether Shaikh Abdullah, who has taken refuge in Kuwait after an unsuccessful attempt to return to live in Persia, should be given a British pension or an allowance, in order to prevent him from attempting to return to Persia, since it is deemed unlikely that he will receive any compensation from the Persian Government for the loss of his father's property.

Also included in the file are a copy of a document from the Combined Intelligence Centre, Iraq, entitled 'The Sheikhdom of Mohammerah A Short History' and a Foreign Office report entitled 'British Relations with Khazal, Sheikh of Mohammerah'.

The principal correspondents are the following: 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. , Kuwait; 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; the British Consul, Khorramshahr; 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 Secretary of State for India; the Foreign Office; His Majesty's Ambassador, Tehran; His Majesty's Ambassador, Baghdad; the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmed al Jabir As-Subah [Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ]; Shaikh Abdullah bin Khaz‘al.

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1 file (252 folios)
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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. Circled serial numbers (red for received correspondence; blue/black for issued correspondence) refer to entries in the notes at the rear of the volume.

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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 254; 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. Additional foliation sequences, one of which is written in pencil and not circled (between ff 3-131 and ff 143-224), and one of which is written in pencil and circled (between ff 1-253), have been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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