Records of Saudi Arabia 1961–1965

ISBN:  (13) 978-1-85207-770-9     Extent:  6 volumes, 3,500 pages

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


This is the second in the series of three titles that combine to create a large collection which offers historical evidence for the creation of Saudi Arabia, illustrating the political, social and economic changes which in just over half a century transformed the desert amirate into one of the richest countries in the world.
Throughout the collection there is an overall structure of subjects covered such as the affairs of the royal family, foreign and internal affairs, economic, civil and social development, defence policy and territorial negotiations and disputes. Although the early part of the collection is organised so as to present a series of key documents which provide researchers and historians with access to original documents upon which to base their own work, in this more modern period, 1960 to 1970, almost all of the material available has been included providing a very detailed series of papers for these years. Such coverage makes it possible to follow an argument or policy development in some detail.
Several sensitive items have been retained by the FCO, and were therefore not available for inclusion.



  • Illness of King Saud
  • Education of Crown Prince Khalid at Oxford University
  • Attempt to revive Hijaz Railway
  • Aramco activities near Abu Dhabi boundary
  • King Hussein of Jordan visits King Saud at Taif
  • Buraimi Oasis situation and Buraimi refugees
  • Khor-al-Odaid situation
  • Possible resumption of diplomatic relations with UK
  • Report on oil company activities including Aramco; Aminoil, Getty Oil


  • New Saudi Government, Prince Faisal becomes Prime Minister
  • Death of Yusuf Yassin, long-term royal advisor
  • Pressure for constitutional reform
  • Supply of armaments by Britain and France
  • Saudi-Jordan defence and economic agreements
  • Cairo propaganda campaign against Saudi Arabia
  • United Nations talks over Buraimi refugees problem


  • Increasing opposition to King Saud from Prince Faisal
  • Report of Faisal's speeches to tribes gathered at Taif
  • Civil aviation: problems of permission for over-flights
  • Rehabilitation plan for Hijaz Railway
  • The UAR (Egypt and Yemen): acts of aggression against Saudi Arabia
  • Resumption of UK–Saudi diplomatic relations


  • Culmination of power struggle between Saud and Faisal: King Saud divested of powers, Emir Faisal assumes administration; full text of fatwa
  • Report on electricity development
  • American arms pressure on Saudi Government
  • Appointment of new British Ambassador


  • Report on leading personalities in the Kingdom
  • Definition of the Saudi-Jordanian boundary
  • Egyptian threat to Saudi Arabia over the Yemen boundary: build-up of UAR troops on the border
  • British arms sales to Saudi Arabia
  • Extension of the nautical limit to 12 miles


Arab Bulletin 1916–1919, The
Arab Dissident Movements 1905–1955
Arabian Boundaries 1853–1960
Arabian Boundaries 1961–1965
Arabian Boundary Disputes
Arabian Treaties 1600–1960
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: South-West Arabia: Saudi Arabia–Yemen Dispute
Foreign Office Annual Reports from Arabia 1930–1960
Gazetteer of Arabian Tribes
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
Islamic Movements in the Arab World 1913–1966
King Abdul Aziz: Diplomacy and Statecraft 1902–1953
King Abdul Aziz: Political Correspondence 1904–1953
Middle East Intelligence Handbooks 1943–1946
Military Handbooks of Arabia 1913–1917
Neglected Arabia / Arabia Calling 1892–1962
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
Political Diaries of the Arab World: Saudi Arabia 1919–1965
Records of Saudi Arabia 1902–1960
Records of Saudi Arabia 1966–1971
Records of the Hajj: The Pilgrimage to Mecca
Records of the Hijaz 1798–1925
Ruling Families of Arabia: Documentary Records of the Dynasties of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman
Saudi Arabia: Secret Intelligence Records 1926–1939
Saudi Green Book 1934, The
Slave Trade Into Arabia 1820–1973, The
Treaties and Engagements Relating to Arabia and the Persian Gulf
US Presidential Papers Concerning Saudi Arabia 1941–1962
US Records on Saudi Affairs 1945–1959
Water Resources in the Arabian Peninsula 1921–1960