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PZ 2791/33 'Arabia: Wakf properties in Saudi-Arabia for the use of Indian pilgrims' [‎54r] (27/81)

The record is made up of 1 file (40 folios). It was created in 15 May 1933-26 Jul 1934. 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.


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7 f) !4
No • 12
| 4r-it,ish Legation,
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?tli LecemLer 1933.
Ny Lord,
fith reference to the foreign 3eere tary *s
de sp a t ch No. F . 100- BI/33 of the 8th No veifbe r re la 11 ve
to certain Nakf properties in Sa’udi Arabia, I
have the honour to inform Tour Excellency that the
matters on which you req/uest my views require
investigation in Necca. My Indian Vice-Consul,
the only member of my staff qualified to undertaxe
this investigation, will be unable to proceed to
Lecca unt ( i 1 early in January next. I propose
therefore, subject to your concurrence, to defer
my observations on the subject until approximately
the middle of January.
I have, etc.,
Sd/- A. S.CaW^rt
His Excellency the Viceroy of India,
Foreign and Political Department,

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The discussion in the file relates to the use of wakf properties [waqf] (property donated by Islamic rulers for pious uses) in Jeddah and Mecca intended for Indian pilgrims. The British had information which led them to believe such properties were being used as private property but that they could be restored to the use intended by the donors.

The Government of India's recommendation led to updated lists (ff 78-80; f 73) being compiled by the British Consul at Jeddah. Included in the file is a copy (ff 51-52) of the memorandum 'Indian Waqfs and analogous properties in the Hejaz' by HM Minister, Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan).

The principal correspondents in the file are: the British Consul, Jedda; the Viceroy; and the Government of India, Foreign and Political Department.

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1 file (40 folios)

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

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description (used for referencing) commences at f 40, and terminates at f 80, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, 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 41-80; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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