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'File 6/1 Foreign Interests: American Mission at Muscat' [‎82r] (163/210)

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The record is made up of 1 file (103 folios). It was created in 27 Dec 1908-6 Jun 1935. 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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Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. & H.B.M's Consulate,
Muscat*the 20th January I93i»
The Hon’hie 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. ,
Please refer to correspondence ending with your telegram
No.1033 of 16th December 1930# The case which caused me to
send my telegram No.103 of 15th December 1930, was as follows,
certain individual Morash bin Belal by name whom the
American Missionaries here alleged to be a Christian, but whom
tne local Muslems declared to be a Mohammedan, died, and the
vexed question of under what rites he should be buried arose.
The Rev. Van Peursem, the American Minister of the Mission,
applied to the Council for permission for Merash to be
buried as a Christian. The Council advised that he should be
buried as a Muslem which was finally done. So far I had
not been approached in the matter.
The question of Merasl^s widow, one Miryam - a woman
of about 27 years of age - then arose. The brother-in-law
by all reports a somewhat fanatical and hotheaded individual,
claimed that she should perform the adu (x>rescribed mourning)
in his house. This means a four months and ten days seclusion
in a house for the widow during which she must not see, or
even speak to, any man except a relative, it also includes a
Muslem ceremony,by a Mulla . The brother-in-law’s claim was
supported by the Council. The woman herself in the meantime
had gone to the Van Paursem’s house. Mr. Van Peursem, as
representing the American Missionaries, then asxed me - as
being in charge of American interests - for my good offices
on behalf of the widow, pointing out that if she returned to
her brother-in-law’s hoiute the latter would undoubtedly

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This file contains correspondence concerning matters related to the American Mission at Muscat including the movements and activities of its members and its desire to establish a hospital in Matrah [Muttrah].

Much of the correspondence is between officials at the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and the British Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. & Consulate in Muscat but the file also contains a limited amount of correspondence from members of the American Mission, US diplomatic officials, the Muscat Council of Ministers and Sayyid Faysal bin Turki Al Bu Sa‘id, the Sultan of Muscat and Oman. Some of the letters from Sayyid Faysal are in Arabic (with English translations).

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1 file (103 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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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 105; 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; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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