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‘File 16/9 II Id Calls and letters of greetings etc’ [‎29r] (57/648)

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The record is made up of 1 file (322 folios). It was created in 30 Dec 1933-11 Mar 1936. It was written in Arabic and 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.

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Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Kuwait.
D.O.No. 50. 27th January 1934.
Please refer to your demi-
official letter No. 20 dated the 11th
January 1934.
Your letter of *Id greetings
addressed to His Excellency Sheikh
Sir Ahmad al-Jabir was forwarded
to him in due course. A reply to the
same has now been received from His
Excellency the Sheikh and is en
closed herewith.
Lieut.-Colonel G. Loch,I.A.,
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. ,
Bahra in

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The file comprises: Eid (referred to as Id throughout) greetings sent during Id Adh-Dhuha [Eid-al-Adha] and Id Al Fitr [Eid-al-Fitr] by the Bahrain 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Gordon Loch) to the various rulers in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , and letters in return giving thanks and acknowledging receipt of these greetings; arrangements for visits made by 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. to members of the Bahrain ruling family and prominent Bahrain merchants during Eid; regulations concerning restrictions on activities such as eating, smoking and the playing of music during Ramadan, announced by the Government of Bahrain and Manama Municipality. The file’s correspondence covers the period 12 Sha’ban 1352 to 17 Dhu Al-Hijja 1354, according to the Islamic (Hijri) calendar.

Aside from the Bahrain 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. , the file’s principal correspondents include: the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah, and other members of the Āl Khalīfah family, including Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah and Shaikh Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah; the Ruler of Qatar, Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī; the Amir of Hassa [al-Aḥsā’] Shaikh Saud bin ‘Abdullāh bin Jalawī Āl Sa‘ūd; the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ; the Ruler of Sharjah, Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī.

Included in the file is a set of instructions detailing the Bahrain Political Agent’s actions and calls for Eid (ff 258-259), and two greetings postcards sent by the Ruler of Sharjah, Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī (ff 267-268).

Correspondence in the file is chiefly in Arabic, with some accompanying English translations.

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1 file (322 folios)
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The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 281-323) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 324; 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 2-279 and ff 280-300; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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Arabic and English in Arabic and Latin script
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