History of Qatar: Turkey & Britain

History of Qatar: Turkey & Britain Last updated on Thursday 22nd April 2010

Like all the countries of the Arabian Gulf, Qatar eventually came under Turkish rule and control for several centuries.

Ottoman sovereignty in the area, however, was mostly nominal as real power was in the hands of local sheikhs and tribal leaders.

During the First World War in 1916, Qatar signed a protection treaty with Britain, but the British influence was limited to the supervision of administrative matters.

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