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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎9r] (17/50)

The record is made up of 1 file (23 folios). It was created in 1 Mar 1934-15 Apr 1936. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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pretty well due east from the sea.
(h) The order of the highland tribes on the Saudi side is
now given in block letters as corrected by Fuad.
(c) Fuad thinks that the existing maps put the Nazran
system as a whole too far north. Thus he locates Badr due
east of Dhahran and identifies "Waila” with the Beni Wail tribe,
shown well to the south in the 1/253,440 map.
As regards (c), Fuad may well be right. What he says
fits in with Philby f s view that the country from Jebel Razih to
Najran forms a well marked salient in the frontier. Incidentally,
the placing of Baqim is very uncertain, being based on the
assumption that it is on one particular road and the statement
that it is eleven hours walk from Sa f ada.
Fuad r s information shows how much the Imam’s claims to
several tribes rests on real or alleged ancestry rather than on
geography. The three great names of original stocks appear to
be Khaulan, Hamdan, and Qahtan. It appears to be held that the
frontier tribes from the Bil Earth to the Beni Malik are of the
Khaulan stock; that the tribes whose administrative centre was
Haraja are of Qahtan (Of Handbook of Arabia Volume I page 441);
but thai: the Beni Wada’a are, like many admittedly Yemeni tribes,
of Hamdan. The Imam no doubt claims all ’As£r in principle,
but he seems to have made a more particular claim to all tribes
of the three stocks named.
The conclusion of peace may make all this unimportant
for some time to come but (a) we want to give you the best sketch
we can in substitution for that sent in our letter of the first
March and (b) it is only too possible that the parties will fight
another day, perhaps when the heirs of the present rulers come
into their own.
Yours ever,

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This file primarily concerns the delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni frontier, following the conclusion of the Treaty of Taif in 1934. It includes discussion of the following: the geographical position of the Beni Malik [Bani Malik], Abadil [ʿAbādil] and Ahl Faifa [Ahl Fayfa] tribes; amendments to a pre-existing sketch map of the frontier; arrangements made by both parties of the treaty for the delimitation of the frontier.

Correspondents include the following: His Majesty's Chargé d'Affaires, Jedda (Albert Spencer Calvert); His Majesty's Minister, Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan); officials of the Foreign Office and the British Legation at Jedda.

In addition to correspondence, the file includes a copy of the aforementioned sketch map (enclosed in an envelope), and a copy of a translation of an extract from the Treaty of Taif.

The file includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (23 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 25; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-24; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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