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Coll 25/18 'Orders-in-Council: Qatar: Jurisdiction over foreigners in Qatar' [‎184r] (367/635)

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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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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA. 1 ‘ m2
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Department. |
EXPRESS LETTER (AIR MAIL).
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Confldential #
This is an ORIGINAL message sent by AIR MAIL which provides % meano of communication more
expeditious than the ordinary mail and is cheaper than the telegraph. It is intended to be treated,
on receipt, with the same expedition as if it had been telegraphed. To save t ime and to obviate
formalities it is drafted in the form of a telegram. It is authenticated by the signature of a
responsible officer o f the Department.]
No.
C/112-18/4.
Bated
Bahrain
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8th February
19
38
To
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. ,
Camp Bahrain.
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iub.lect t- Qatar Order-in-Council.
Reference correspondence resting with your Express letter
No. 24-S dated the 6th January 1938.
2. I visited Dohah on the 3rd and 4th February and discussed
this matter in detail with the dhaikh of Qatar. The Shaikh had
with him his sons Shaikh Hamad and Shaikh All and his Secretary
Saleh A1 Mane.
3. I began by explaining the proposed alteration in the defi
nition of a Qatar subject, concentrating at first on the change
from "national of any other Moslem State" to "Moslem person". It
was at once evident that the Shaikh and his advisers were deeply
suspicious and it took the best part of two hours to obtain their
agreement even to this portion. Finally after two lengthy consulta
tions at the other end of the room, they appeared to be satisfied
that I had no deep under-hand object, designed to obtain greater
transfer of jurisdiction than the Shaikh intended to give, end that
I was not deceiving them when I said that the object was to make
the criterion an individual’s personal religion rather than the
State religion of hie country of origin. The Shaikh is evidently
(Sif/mtme) very/-
S. 44.
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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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1 file (314 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back to the front.

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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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