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'File 3/8 Affairs of Sh. Khaz`als sons.' [‎115r] (229/508)

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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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Office of fee 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, Camp wuetta>
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Dated the 14 th August, 1946 .
Sub i ect: - AbdullahKhazal
Ibr dear Colonel,
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Please refer to your demi-official letter No. C /581 dated the
2 nd August, 1946 .
2 . I am afraid I dont know how many dependents Abdullah Khazal has
and shall have tc make enquiries on this point after my return to
Kuwait. The amount of allowance to be recommended should bear a imm*
relation to Hie nunber of his dependents and it is difficult to »ooo»»
rnmi. a figure without knowing this. I have not liked to discuss the
subject with anyone in Kuwait for fear of starting rumours, but my
own idea is that if he has no dependents he should be offered about
E 500 /- per month. Ee will presumably take a wife and possibly
children and servants and, if so, should be offered moire in pro
portion. I do not see much prospect of persuading him to agree to
anything less.
3 . I am certain that Shaikh Ahmed would never consent to hjfcing;
Abdullah Khazal removed forcibly. Hie latter has invoked thoTArab
law of " and has taken refuse with Shaikh Ahmed who in there
fore bound to protect him - with nis life if necessary. Should he
allow him to be deported forcibly he would never recover his prestige
throughout the Arab peninsular. The ca.se o 1 f f Ibn Saud and Fhshid
’Ali is an exact parallel. I feel it would be a mistake to asK him
to do this.
4 . I regret that, ushen I left Kuwait, the indications were that
Shaikh Ahmed has not helped Abdullah Kaazal financially as he told
me he would, and that the latter is running into debt.
5 . Abdullah Khazal has nimself pointed out that rebellions cannot
be started by beggars - at least not in Persia. Effectively to raise
the Arab tribes ox Khuzistan ne would need some hundreds of
thousands of Tomans 10,000 Persian dinars, or a gold coin of that value. apart from arms and ammunition. He is therefore
not really dangerous at present although, if driven desperate by
poverty, ne mimt make a "suicide* attack" on Khuzistan as the best
way out of his difficulties. I do not think that this fact is
sufficiently appreciated by the Embassies at Baghdad a^d Tehran.
Yours sincerely,
fee Hon’ble Lt- Colonel W*R. Hay, C.S.I.,
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. , Camp Bahrain .
'ble Lt- Colonel I*R. Hay
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 th
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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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