Records of Oman 1961–1965

ISBN:  (13) 978-1-85207-760-0      Extent:  5 volumes, 3,500 pages  

Editor:  A. Burdett      Published: 1997
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
See sample pages: not available

In these 3500 pages Archive Editions presents a comprehensive collection of facsimile original British Government documents detailing the history of Oman between 1961 and 1965. The intention of this collection was to compile all the pages relating to the history and development of Oman for this period, therefore the key events are covered in greater detail than in the collection
for 1867–1960.


The years 1961 to 1965 saw a political struggle take over from the armed conflict of the 1950s. Alhough the rebellion in the interior had been suppressed the Imamate took their claims of oppressive government and alleged public hostility to Sultan Said bin Taimur to the United Nations. However, in 1961 a resolution in support of a separate independence for Oman failed despite the support of a number of Arab states which dissapproved of the close links Sultan Said bin Taimur maintained with the British Government. In 1963 a UN Commission refuted the Imamate’s claims against Sultan Said bin Taimur but a committee was formed to study the problem and in 1965 it submitted its report and a UN resolution was formed which included the recommendation of “the elimination of British domination in any form”. The records for these years also show the rather introverted nature of the policies of the Sultan and the economic focus of his administration upon the armed forces.


Whereas the records for the 1867-1947 were largely derived from documents in the British Library´s India Office Collection, those from 1948 to 1960, (included in Records of Oman 1867-1960), and those for 1961-1965 presented here are drawn principally from documents in the National Archives at Kew, London. These include many letters written by the Sultan, Saiyid Said bin Sultan, as well as Official British Government documents, including Cabinet papers, many of them top secret, and now published for the first time.
Understanding the series
The three Records of Oman titles combine to create a large collection which offers historical evidence for the political, economic and social evolution of Oman. Such evidence improves our understanding of the modern political position of Oman. It includes, for example, examination of frontier negotiations and questions of sovereignty; constitutional, military and defence developments.


Key features from the volumes 1961-1965

  • Sultan's travel plans
  • Port development at Muscat and Mattrah
  • Opening of Nizwa-Ibri road
  • British Forces exercises in Oman
  • Aden-Oman boundary question
  • Status of Kuria Muria islands
  • Attitudes to the Omani rebels; top secret negotiations
  • Involvement of United Nations in Oman situation


  • Sayyid Tariq (Half-brother of the Sultan) quits Muscat
  • Proposals for a Muscat radio transmitter
  • Defence patrols in response to dissident incidents
  • Activities of Omani independence leaders
  • Development of Sultan's Armed Forces
  • Discussion of Buraimi situation with Sultan
  • Discovery of oil by Petroleum Development (Oman)


  • Plan for world tour for Qaboos, Son of the Sultan
  • Arrangements for visit of Sultan to London
  • United Nations debate on Oman
  • The Imam of Oman and the Omani Liberation Front: relations with other Arab states
  • Dhofar-Aden boundary dispute


  • Training of Qaboos, son of the Sultan
  • Negotiations with insurgent Omanis
  • Report on Sultan's Armed Forces
  • Zanzibar refugees in Muscat
  • Poor state of oil development


  • Negotiations between Qaboos and his father the Sultan
  • Desire to modernise the Sultan's administration
  • Activities of Omani dissidents
  • Manumission of slaves urged; Sultan refuses
  • Pakistan wishes to revise 1958 Gwadur agreement
  • Development of Muscat and Mattrah police


Arab Gulf Cities
Arabian Boundaries 1853–1960
Arabian Boundaries 1961–1965
Arabian Boundary Disputes
Arabian Treaties 1600–1960
Aramco Reports on Al-Hasa and Oman 1950–1955
Buraimi Dispute 1950–1961 – Contemporary Documents, The
Buraimi Memorials 1955, The
Diplomacy in the Near and Middle East 1535–1956
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: Lower Gulf Islands: Abu Musa And The Tunbs Dispute
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: UAE: Internal Boundaries And The Boundary With Oman
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia 1930–1960
Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia
GCC States: National Development Records: Civil Aviation 1920–1962, The
GCC States: National Development Records: Communications & Transport 1860–1960, The
GCC States: National Development Records: Defence in the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia 1920–1960, The
Neglected Arabia / Arabia Calling 1892–1962
Oil Concessions in Five Arab States 1911–1953: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Trucial States and Oman
OPEC: Origins and Strategy 1947–1973
Persian Gulf Administration Reports 1873–1957
Persian Gulf Gazette and Supplements 1953–1972
Persian Gulf Historical Summaries 1907–1953, The
Persian Gulf Précis, The
Persian Gulf Trade Reports 1905–1940, The
Political Diaries of the Arab World: Persian Gulf 1904–1965
Records of Oman 1867–1960
Records of Oman 1966–1971
Ruling Families of Arabia: Documentary Records of the Dynasties of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman
Slave Trade Into Arabia 1820–1973, The
Water Resources in the Arabian Peninsula 1921–1960