Records of Qatar  1961-1965

ISBN:  (13) 978-1-85207-780-8       Extent:    5 volumes, 3,170 pages

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

These 5 volumes cover events concerning Qatar from 1961–1965 and the intention with this collection was to gather together all the relevant documents so that the level of detail covering the events is much greater than in the set covering 1820–1960, although the time period is much shorter.


Some important themes run through this period including the disagreement over naming a successor to Shaikh Ahmad bin Ali al-Thani as several different branches of the al-Thani family were competing to gain recognition as rightful heirs. Mounting financial difficulties and extravagant spending by some ruling family members forced the ruler to look for loans from abroad and caused internal pressure for reform of the administration, with some new legislation coming through in 1962.
 Territorial issues continued such as the unresolved southern boundary with Saudi Arabia, the Halul Island dispute and the land boundary dispute with Abu Dahbi. In 1962 the disputed seabed claim against Bahrain went to review and reassessed the 1947–8 award. In 1965 an agreement was signed by Shaikh Yamani of Saudi Arabia and Shaikh Khalifah bin Hamad al-Thani east of the Riyadh line, in the Salwa area and the seabed dispute with Bahrain was resolved in an agreement in June.
In 1964 a law was passed establishing an Advisory Council composed of 15 members of the ruling family under the chairmanship of the Ruler and problems of internal security were considered in the light of anti-ruler propaganda. The records show the views of Shaikh Khalifah, the Deputy Ruler, on the need for modernisation and his oppositional position to Dr Kamel, the Director-General of the Qatar Government which eventually led to the resignation of Dr Kamel.
OPEC encouraged Qatar to seek higher oil revenues from Shell, and although labour troubles plagued the Qatar Petroleum Company, and various concession areas were disputed, on the whole revenues were up giving the government increased reserves and making a more stable economy.


Understanding the series
These three titles combine to create a large collection which offers historical evidence for the political, economic and social evolution of Qatar. Such evidence improves our understanding of the modern political position of Qatar. It includes, for example, examination of frontier negotiations and questions of sovereignty; constitutional, military and defence developments.
Most of the documents reproduced for the period pre-1947 are found in the India Office Records. Papers for the period 1947–1971 are chiefly found at the National Archives, London. File references are given for the benefit of researchers.


Arab League 1943–1963: British Documentary Sources , The

Arabian Boundaries 1853–1960
Arabian Boundaries 1961–1965
Arabian Boundary Disputes
Arabian Treaties 1600–1960
Diplomacy in the Near and Middle East 1535–1956
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: Lower Gulf Islands: Abu Musa And The Tunbs Dispute
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia 1930–1960

Gazetteer of Arabian Tribes
Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia
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 
Islands and Maritime Boundaries of the Gulf 1798–1960
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 Bahrain 1820–1960
Records of Bahrain 1961–1965
Records of Bahrain 1966–1971
Records of Qatar 1820–1960
Records of Qatar 1966–1971
Records of the Persian Gulf Pearl Fisheries 1857–1962
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
Treaties and Engagements Relating to Arabia and the Persian Gulf
Water Resources in the Arabian Peninsula 1921–1960