Arabian Boundaries 1961–1965

ISBN:  978-1-84097-237-5  Extent: 10 volumes, 6,500 pages
Editor: R. Schofield   Published: 1997
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
See sample pages: not available


The Arabian Boundaries: New Documents series possesses a broader geographical scope than its forerunner, Arabian Boundaries: Primary Documents. It seeks to present the key documentation dealing with annual territorial developments not just within the Arabian Peninsula but other areas of the Middle East covered by existing Archive Editions publications dealing with border and territorial disputes, namely Palestine Boundaries 1883-1947 and The Iran–Iraq Border 1840–1958. Material within this new series will also serve to augment that included within the collection on the territorial affairs of Arabia, Arabian Boundary Disputes, which traces the evolution of the framework of Arabian state territory from its origins in international diplomacy to the present day.


An appreciation of Arabia´s territorial history is essential for an understanding of contemporary political events in the region. Boundaries were originally defined by Britain to protect her interests in the area but it is the relatively new, independent states of the Gulf and the peninsula who have to live within this imposed territorial framework. This has not always been easy and boundary disputes remain a ready source of friction between many neighbouring states. Key documents have been identified which either specifically define the various boundaries concerned or throw direct light on their origin or evolution. Thus the records presented include treaties, letters, telegrams, memoranda and notes, the latter often being diplomatic summaries and assessments. The events described include negotiations, agreements, disputes, incursions and claims. This 6500 page work includes the territorial relations between Saudi Arabia and the Aden Protectorate; Imamate of Yemen and Transjordan; Iraq and Kuwait; Bahrain and Qatar; the Trucial Coast (UAE) and Oman.


These 10 volumes represent the core of the released material from British Government archives dated between 1960 and 1965. They form the sequel to the Archive Editions standard work Arabian Boundaries: Primary Documents 1853-1960 (30 volumes). The documents in the new volumes highlight crisis points, negotiations and resolutions in boundary affairs. The 1964 volumes bear testimony to the continuation of long-established disputes such as the Buraimi question, and the disputes between Bahrain and Qatar, Iraq and Kuwait, and Muscat and the Aden Protectorate. The correspondence of 1965 witnesses an important stage in the evolution of the contemporary political map of Arabia, including the Saudi–Jordanian border agreement, the Qatar–Saudi Arabia boundary agreement, and agreement to partition of the Neutral Zone by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.


Volumes 1 & 2: 1961
  • Political relations: Jordan–Saudi Arabia; Britain–Saudi Arabia
  • Navigation in the Shatt al Arab waterway
  • Boundary negotiations: Iraq–Kuwait; Kuwait–Saudi Arabia; Qatar–Saudi Arabia; Oman–Saudi Arabia
  • Border issues: the Trucial States–Muscat
  • The Arab League
  • Petroleum resources: Qatar; Saudi Arabia; the Trucial States; Kuwait
  • The Buraimi dispute
  • Tribal affairs: Oman
  • Territorial waters and seabed claims: Iran
Volumes 3 & 4: 1962
  • Foreign policy: Yemen; Kuwait; Iraq
  • Political relations: Saudi Arabia–Jordan
  • Dead Sea salt pans dispute
  • Iraqi claims to Kuwait and Kuwaiti defence
  • Saudi Arabia–Kuwait Neutral Zone
  • Maritime boundaries: Bahrain–Qatar
  • Boundary issues: Qatar–Trucial States; Qatar–Saudi Arabia
  • Petroleum resources: Qatar; Trucial States; Saudi Arabia; Oman
  • Buraimi and refugees
  • Issues of island sovereignty: Iran
  • Territorial waters and seabed claims: Trucial States
Volumes 5 &6: 1963
  • Border issues: Aden Protectorate–Yemen; Jordan–Israel; Saudi Arabia–Qatar; Saudi Arabia–Trucial States; Muscat–Aden
  • Petroleum resources: Iran–Iraq; Kuwait; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Muscat–Abu Dhabi
  • Iraqi relations with Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia–Kuwait and Neutral Zone
  • Territorial waters and seabed claims: Saudi Arabia–Bahrain; Bahrain–Qatar
  • Issues of island sovereignty: Lower Gulf islands; Kuria Muria islands
  • Trucial States–inter-shaikhdom boundaries
  • Buraimi and Anglo-Saudi relations
  • Territorial waters and seabed claims: Kuwait–Iran; Trucial States; Iran
Volumes 7 & 8: 1964
  • Maritime boundaries: Bahrain–Qatar; Trucial States
  • Issues of island sovereignty: Lower Gulf islands
  • Boundary disputes: Iraq–Kuwait; Muscat–Aden Protectorate
  • Territorial affairs: the Trucial shaikhdoms; Umm al Zamul–Buraimi
  • Buraimi dispute and Anglo–Saudi relations
Volumes 9 & 10: 1965
  • Saudi–Jordanian Border Agreement (August 1965)
  • Anglo-Iranian negotiations: median line delimitation for Gulf waters
  • Territorial issues: Iraq–Kuwait; Iran–Iraq; Trucial shaikhdoms and Sultanate of Muscat and Oman; Muscat–Aden Protectorate
  • Maritime disputes: Bahrain–Qatar
  • Buraimi dispute
  • Qatar–Saudi Arabia Boundary Agreement (December 1965)
  • Saudi Arabia–Kuwait agreement to partition of Neutral Zone (July 1965)
  • Petroleum resources: Trucial States