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Coll 20/2 'Administration: Question of abdication of Sultan; Succession and Subsidies; Question of abrogation of treaties with USA and France' [‎14r] (27/757)

The record is made up of 1 file (375 folios). It was created in 7 Oct 1930-26 Aug 1948. It was written in English and French. 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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made i'n any correspondence of the Zanzibar subsidy and I think it will be seen
from the above brief summary of the history of this subsidy that the Govemmmt
of India have accepted the view that it is an absolute subsidy granted to the
Sultan of Muscat subject only to his living in terns of amity and friendship
with His Majesty^ Government and fulfilling his treaty engagements*

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The file contains letters, telegrams, minutes, and draft correspondence related to the abdication of Sultan Taimur bin Faisal of Muscat [Taymūr bin Fayṣal Āl Bū Sa‘īd] and the accession of his son, Said bin Taimur [Sa‘īd ibn Taymūr Āl Bū Sa‘īd] in 1932. The early correspondence concerns efforts to prevent Taimur from abdicating and to improve Muscat's flagging economy. Once the abdication is accepted several questions are raised and discussed, including:

  • the suitability of a successor and the arrangements for the accession of his son, Said
  • whether to continue both the Arms Traffic and Zanzibar Subsidy payments (this question is raised again in 1948)
  • the renegotiation of Muscat's treaties with the French, Americans, and the tribes of Oman's interior
  • whether to continue Taimur's personal allowance
  • Sultan Said's changes to government

Further correspondence within the file deals with the following matters:

  • requests for statistical information about Muscat from the Danish government for their yearbook in 1934 and 1935
  • a plea from Kamile Ilgiray, an ex-wife of former Sultan Taimur, to the British Government for help with her son's education
  • the question of the best time to inform the French, American, and Dutch governments of Sultan Said's succession
  • the whereabouts of former Sultan Taimur, including his visits to Saudi Arabia in 1933 and Japan in 1939.

The majority of the correspondence is between 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. in Muscat, Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 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. , Government of India (Foreign Department), 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. , and Foreign Office. Further correspondence is from Sultans Taimur and Said, the French and Indian Governments, and several British political and diplomatic offices in Europe and the Middle East.

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1 file (375 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back of the file to the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 378; 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.

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Coll 20/2 'Administration: Question of abdication of Sultan; Succession and Subsidies; Question of abrogation of treaties with USA and France' [‎14r] (27/757), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2952, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100050222667.0x00001e> [accessed 4 April 2020]

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