Coll 25/18 'Orders-in-Council: Qatar: Jurisdiction over foreigners in Qatar' [170r] (339/635)
The record is made up of 1 file (314 folios). It was created in 18 Jul 1935-8 Jun 1935. 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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Copy of letter No. C/333-18/4 dated the 21st May
1938 from 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. , Bahrain, to Shaikh Abdullah
bin Qaalm A 1 Than!, Ruler of Qatar.
I am sure you will remember the conversation which
I had with you at ^ohah on the 4th of F 0 bruary 1938 corres
ponding to the 3rd Dhul Hijjah 1356, in regard to matters
of jurisdiction over foreigners. I reported the substance
of that conversation to the Honourable the Political Resi
dent in the Persian Sulf and he has since informed His
l ajesty’s Government. I am now instructed to s ay that
His Majesty*s Cover iment note with satisfaction that in
regard to foreigner's you have agreed to the individual’s
personal religion rather than the State religion of his
country of origin being the criterion whether he comes
within your jurisdiction or the jurisdiction of the Rep
resentative of the British Government. This of course
does not apply to British subjects since you have already
n reed „hat all British subjects whether Moslem or Non-
Moslem should come within the jurisdiction of the British
2. In regard to the other matters which we discussed,
and particularly in regard to the question of Moslem Cor
porations, your views were carefully represented to His
Majesty’s Government and as a result the High British Go
vernment does not wish now to pursue those matters further.
3. It now seems desirable to set out in a few clear
and simple sentences exactly how jurisdiction in Qatar will
be divided in accordance with the agreements reached between
you and the Honourable 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 in April 1935 and between you and me at our discussions
on the 4th February 1938.
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Correspondence, minute papers, and notes relating to the issue of The Qatar Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , 1939. The correspondence is mostly between officials at the Foreign Office, 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. , 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. , and the Government of India, Foreign and Political Department (later, External Affairs). The papers concern the discussion of the need for the order, its drafting, issue, and distribution, as well as its revision in 1939.
Correspondence with the Shaikh of Qatar, Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani [Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī], is also included and mostly relates to his wish for assurance of his jurisdiction over Muslim foreigners.
A copy of the order is found on folios 138-153. A copy of the Kuwait Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). is also included, for reference purposes (folios 271-86).
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 317; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 2-103 and ff 104-316. These are also both written in pencil and located in the top right corner of each folio. The former have been circled and crossed out, the latter have not been circled.
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