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King Abdul Aziz: Political Correspondence 1904–1953
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ISBN: (13) 978-1-85207-705-1
Extent: 4 volumes, 2,000 pages



Editor: A. Burdett
Author:N/A
ISBN: (10) 1-85207-705-0
Published: 1996
Paper: Printed on acid free paper
Binding: Library bindings with gilt finish
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Resumé

This publication presents, for the first time, an extensive collection of personal correspondence, letters to neighbouring Arab States and to foreign governments, from and to the Saudi leader over half a century. The first items date from the years after his fabled recapture of Riyadh in 1902, when Abdul Aziz emerged as Amir of Nejd. The last letters are from the year of King Abdul Aziz´s death, 1953. The correspondence reflects the evolution over 50 years of the status, authority, style and statesmanship of King Abdul Aziz. The documents are in the original Arabic, sometimes with contemporary English translations; a minority are in English in the original.
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Historical Overview

This publication organises and presents for the first time an extensive collection of letters from and to the Saudi leader over half a century. The first items date from the years after his fabled recapture of Riyadh in 1902, when Abdul Aziz emerged as Amir of Nejd. The last letters are from the year of King Abdul Aziz´s death, 1953. In between there are such historical highlights as the resistance to the Turks culminating in their defeat and removal; relations with the Sharif of Mecca; correspondence with Philby; relations with Al-Rashid, tribal raiding and the problems of controlling the Ikhwan; relations with Hijaz; and the boundary with Jordan; regional politics with Iraq, Kuwait and Yemen; and in the later years concerns with customs, oil exploitation and development.

For the most part the letters are in both Arabic and English. The correspondence holds up a mirror to the life of King Abdul Aziz, and reflects the evolution over 50 years of his status, authority, style and statesmanship.
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Documentary Importance

Some 2000 pages of letters between King Abdul Aziz and a variety of correspondents have been established by extensive research in British Government records, including Foreign Office correspondence files and the files of the former India Office Records. The letters form an admirable research source for those interested in the character and style of the king, as well as in the historical process of his increasing ascendancy in the Arabian peninsula. The letters are reproduced in facsimile in order to convey the authentic appearance of the original document. The letters are listed and described in chronological sequence in a detailed schedule of contents at the front of each volume.
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Arrangement of volumes



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Contents Outline



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Key documents


Notable personnages are featured in the correspondence or occur as correspondents including:

Many Arabian tribes are mentioned in the correspondence, including:

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Maps




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Editor's Introduction



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Related Titles:
Arabian Boundaries 1853–1960
Arabian Boundaries 1961–1965
Arabian Boundary Disputes
Documentary Studies in Arabian Geopolitics: South-West Arabia: Saudi Arabia–Yemen Dispute
King Abdul Aziz: Diplomacy and Statecraft 1902–1953
Political Diaries of the Arab World: Saudi Arabia 1919–1965
Records of Saudi Arabia 1902–1960
Records of Saudi Arabia 1961–1965
Records of Saudi Arabia 1966–1971
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


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