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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎10r] (19/508)

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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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Since the entry of British troops into Persia,ireports
have been received that Shaikh Chassib is endeavouring to
stir up the tribes in the south with a view to restoring
the past position of the family.
2« Briefly f Chassib caused pamphlets to be distributed
which purported to demand the assistance of the Arabs of
Khuzistan for the British against their Persian masters.
Since then he is reported to be sending agents from Basra
to Persia and to be instigating the local shaikhs. His
plan is that they should combine in requesting the re
installing of the family in Persia. According to His Majesty
Vice Consul at Khorramshahr, he (theConsul) is receiving
a great number of petitions from shaikhs on these lines*
3* It is,of course, natural that the family should hope
for re-instalment, and it should be noted that three sons ?
Shaikh f Abd al Karim. Shaikh Abd al Majid and Shaikh
Abdullah have dissociated themselves from this intrigue ^
but have written P.A.offering their service in any capacity,
4* His Majesty®s Government have made an acceptable
settlement of their obligations to the late Shaikh ana the
last thing we require now in Khuzistan is a renewal ot the
matter. It is realised that Shaikh Chassib is without
funds and is a man of no prestige, nevertheless i^ ls
suggested that His Majesty’s Ambassador be approached with
a view to pressure being brought to bear on Shaikh Chassib
to desist from intriguing which can only result in trouble
fo~ himself and for those persons who associate themselves
with him. Vhe entry of himself or any of his family into
Persia should be definitely forbidden.
(Signed) A.C.Galloway,
for Major-General
Commanding 8th Indian Division.
No.G.S.I.2365/10/"I"(a)
Headquarters, Force Iraq,
Baghdad , 13th S ept emb e r , ± 94 j. .
ToH.S.the British Ambassador.
With compliments, with reference to Colonel Boyce s
conversation with the Charge d f Affaires.
sd. T.W. Boyce,Lt.Col.
C ommanding•

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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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