'File 11/44 Leading Personalities in Iraq, Iran & Saudi Arabia' [27v] (54/96)
The record is made up of 1 file (46 folios). It was created in 27 Jun 1947-19 Jul 1948. It was written in 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .
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Appointed Minister of Social Affairs in the Cabinet
formed by Jamil Madfai in June 1941 after the
collapse of Rashid Ali’s rebellion. Resigned with
the whole Cabinet in October 1941.
Appointed Mutessarif of Bagdad in December
Resigned in October 1942. In early 1943 he
received a substantial grant of Government land in
the Hillah liwa. Saleh Jabr as Minister of Finance
helped him to obtain this. In October 1943 was
elected Shia Deputy for Hilla. Visited Palestine in
Elected a Deputy for Bagdad in 1947 he has been
active in Opposition in the Chamber to the Govern
ment of Saleh Jabr.
55. Jalal Baban
Kurd of the Baban family. Born 1892.
In the early days of British occupation he was
actively associated with extreme Nationalists and
was deported to Henjam in 1920. Released in 1921.
Appointed kaimakam in 1923 and continued to serve
in the civil administration, holding the posts of
mutessarif in Nasiriyah, Karbala and Arbil until
November 1932, when he became Minister of
Economics and Communications in Naji Shaukat s
Cabinet. Became Minister for Defence under Rashid
Ali-al-Gilani in March 1933. Resigned with the
latter in October 1933. Appointed Minister for
Education in February 1934, resigned with Jamil-al-
Madfai’s Cabinet in August 1934, and was appointed
Director-General of the Ministry of Finance in
December 1934. Transferred to be Director-General
of the Ministry of Economics and Communications
in June 1935. Appointed Director-General of
Finance in December 1936.
In August 1937 he joined Jamil-al-Madfai s
Cabinet as Minister of Economics and Communica
tions. Made a Senator. Resigned from Cabinet in
May 1938 on account of insinuations made by his
colleagues (not without reason) that he had made a
corrupt agreement with a Government road
contractor. Appointed Minister of Communications
and Works in September 1939; resigned with whole
Cabinet in February 1940.
Appointed Minister of Communications and Works
in the Cabinet of Jamil Madfai in June 1941.
Resigned with the rest of the Cabinet in October
In the sessions of 1941 and 1942 he was active in
the Senate as a critic of Government measures.
Appointed Minister of Finance in June 1943, but
resigned in October of the same year.
56. Jamal Baban
A Kurdish lawyer. Born 1890. Served for some
time as a judge in the Northern Liwas. Became
Deputy for Arbil in the general election of 1928.
Appointed Minister for Justice in Nuri Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. s
Cabinet March 1930. Resigned with Nuri Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. in
October 1932. Reappointed Minister for Justice
in Jamil-Madfai’s Cabinet in November 1933.
Retained his portfolio when J amil-al-Madfai. re
formed his Cabinet in February 1934 and remained
at the Ministry of Justice in Ali Jaudat’s Cabinet
formed in August 1934. Resigned with the whole
Cabinet in February 1935, and in October joined the
party organised by Jamil-al-Madfai to oppose Aasin
Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. . Owed his continued presence in successive
Cabinets perhaps more to the tradition that each
Cabinet must have one Kurd than to his personal
Returned for Arbil in the elections of June 1939.
After practising as an advocate, returned to public
life again by his appointment as Minister of Social
Affairs in the Cabinet formed by Nuri-al-Said in
Resigned in October 1942 and began practising
again as an advocate.
Minister of Justice in Saleh Jabr’s Government of
1947 and appointed Senator on 2nd July, 1947. He
has been the object of adverse criticism in his
capacity of Minister of Justice both for venality and
for influencing judges, particularly in the Com
A Bagdad!; born 1892, officer in the Turkish army.
Served in the Shereefian forces during the Arab
revolt. Chief aide-de-camp to King Ali in Jedda, and
came to Iraq with His Majesty after Ibn Saud s
conquest of the Hejaz. Elected Deputy for Dulaim
in the general election of 1928, became vice-president
of the Taqaddum party and Vice-President of the
Chamber of Deputies. Minister for Communications
and Works in Nuri Pasha’s Cabinet formed in March
1930. Became Minister for Defence in January 1931,
but lost his portfolio when Nuri Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. reformed his
Cabinet in October 1931. Appointed Mutessarif of
Kirkuk July 1932. Transferred to Kut in October
1935. His services were dispensed with by the
Hashimi Cabinet in March 1936. In December 1936
he was in Jerusalem and in touch with the Grand
Mufti and the Arab movement in Palestine.
Appointed Iraqi Charge d Affaires in Jedda Sep
Appointed consul-general at Jerusalem m Juh
1941. Withdrawn in the autumn of 1941 and
appointed Iraqi Minister at Jeddah in December
Returned to Bagdad in 1945. Appointed Director-
General of Public Works 1946.
Speaks some English.
Appointed Minister at Amman in May 194 <.
Of Mosul, born about 1886. Led the party which
o June 1920 came from Dair and called upon the
,ribes to rise against the British in the name of the
Shereef. Entered Tall Afar after the murder of
laptain Stuart, which he had instigated. Styled
limself leader of the Northern Mesopotamian army.
3n the approach of British troops from Mosul
•eturned to Dair. Returned to Iraq 1923. Soon
ifter, appointed mutessarif and saw service in a
lumber of different liwas. Appointed Minister for
die Interior under Nuri Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. in March 1931.
Became President of the Chamber in December 193^
following Jafar Pasha’s resignation. Resigif 1
October 1931, at the same time resigning from Nuri
Pasha’s party as a protest against the high-handed
actions of Muzahim Beg A1 Pachachi, then Minister
for the Interior. Composed his quarrel with Nun
Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. in November and was re-elected President of
bhe Chamber on the 30th November. Again elected
President in November 1932 and March 1933.
Became Prime Minister in November 1933. Resigned
in February 1934, but resumed office with a reformed
Cabinet about ten days later. Resigned again in
August 1934, but accepted portfolio of Defence in
Cabinet which was then formed by Ali Jaudat.
Became Prime Minister in March 1935, but was
forced to resign by Yasin Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. s agitation in the
Euphrates after being in office for only twelve days.
In October 1935 revived the party of National Unity
as an opposition to Yasin Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. s Cabinet, but
received little support. Declined an invitation to
join the Cabinet formed by Hikmat Sulaiman in
October 1936. In the winter of 1936-37 he went to
the Yemen to obtain the adhesion of the Imam to the
Pact of Arab Brotherhood, signed by Saudi Arabia
and Iraq in April 1936, and in August 1937, after the
resignation of Hikmat Sulaiman’s Cabinet, he
became Prime Minister.
He lacks administrative ability, but is a figure in
the political world. Is generally popular because he
expresses his opinion in an honest, downright
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This file contains copies of the following Foreign Office documents:
- 'Leading Personalities in Persia, 1947' (folios 3-20)
- 'Leading Personalities in Iraq, 1947' (folios 21-36)
- 'Leading Personalities in Saudi Arabia, 1948' (folios 37-47).
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