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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎23r] (45/50)

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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Paifa area that Hasan took refuge when it petered, out,
skipping tron there into definitely Yeaeni territory*
And it is now in the same region that 'Abdul Wahhab al
Idrisi has joined in or created a fresh revolt, which
may be only a stirring up of the embers of the old.
We have been tempted to think that the area now
in question was that claimed by the Imam under the name
ol Hamazan or Hamdan, when the Saudi delegation were at
San'a. This would make his claim intelligible, i.e., he
would have been asking for the Tihama, the area now in
question and the yahtan country, that of the tribes whose
overlord was Ibn Dhulaym; the whole frontier area
in fact as far as Najran, which he regarded as his own in
any case. This has some value as a working theory but we
must coni ess that all attempts to associate the very
common name Hamdan with the particular area have broken down*
One more point:- The Minister, when at home, told
Johnstone that he though 'Asir Tihama was the approved
Saudi name for the province formed out of the former
Idrisi territory* He now thinks that the more approved
form is Tihamat 'Asir. You may find us using both, as
Asir Tihama is more euphonious and a nicer contrast to
Asir Surat, but the meaning is clear whatever order is
used, i.e., the conjunction of Tihama and 'Asir indicates
the littoral and that part of the highlands of which the
Idrisi was still the ruler in 1926.
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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Coll 6/72 'Saudi Arabia: Relations with the Yemen. Delimitation of the Saudi-Yemeni Frontier.' [‎23r] (45/50), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2145, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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