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'File [3A] Slavery: cases of Qatar slaves reported at Bahrain' [‎15r] (33/136)

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The record is made up of 1 file (66 folios). It was created in 18 Dec 1943-14 Sep 1946. 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.


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Statement of the slave Rahraah bint IJarzopk, aged 45
years, taken at the Political agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Bahrain on 25th
March If: 44.
I an originally from Yaman. During the V/ahhabi war
in Yaman I was taken as booty. I was then a small
girl and now I do not remember the name of my village.
Prom there I w a s brought to Qatar via Riyadh and Ilassa.
at Qatar I was sold to Ibrahim al I.iislimani, now living
at I'uharraq (Bahrain) with his brother Abdulla al
Mislimani. Ibrahim’s wife has been under treatment in
the Mission Hospital for the last 3 months.m with whom
I have cone from Qatar.
In ^atar I was married to one Faraj bin Hadi, slave
of the above Ibrahim. He could escape and come to
Bahrain for freedom. Now he is working as a policeman
in the Bahrain State Police. Since my coming he has
been visiting me in the Hospital. My husband is
prepared to keep me in a house.I have left behind in
^atar my son Salim bin Faraj of 12 years and my two
daughters Za’afoor and Sa’adeh of 16 and 15 years
respectively. I pray to the High Government to call
my above master and press him to arrange and bring
my children from : atar about whom I have got informatioi
that they are being maltreated by Majid bin Sultan,
nephew of the above Ibrahim. These two man are living
in the same house.
L.T.I. of Rahmah bint Marzook
A. P. A.
The woman is here. I suggest that the above
Ibrahim Mislimani and her husband FarajfTor^tHe'first
not to interfere with her and arrange to bring her
children and the latter to identity her^y^^^a^.,
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The file contains correspondence related to twenty manumission applications made by slaves from Qatar, taken down by staff at the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain. Many of the cases in the file feature only the slave's manumission statement, with little else in the way of correspondence.

In the first case in the file, there is a British manumission certificate (folio 6), and an original, handwritten manumission certificate, given to a slave by his master (folio 5). Case 3 involves the manumission application of a female slave from Qatar, found embracing the flagstaff at the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain. The woman also requests the retrieval of her children, who are in the custody of the Shaikh of Qatar. There are angry exchanges in letters between 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. at Bahrain (Captain Tom Hickinbotham) and Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, over access to the children (folios 22-23, 25-26), with Shaikh ‘Abdullāh stating that he resents 'interference in matters about which agreements were concluded [in 1916] between me and H.E. Sir Percy Cox'. Office notes suggest that the mother lied about the ages of her children, resulting in the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. having 'got into trouble with the Shaikh of Qatar' (folio 14).

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1 file (66 folios)

The items in the file have been arranged in rough chronological order, with the earliest correspondence at the front of the file, to the latest at the rear. There is an index of cases, numbered 1 to 19, at the front of the file (folio 2). Each case has its own cover sheet, and there are office notes included either before or after each set of case correspondence.

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Foliation: The file has been foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using circled numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page. The following foliation anomalies occur: 1, 1A, 2, 2A.

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