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Volume :22 Issue : 84 1997      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

ORIGINS OF SAUDI POLITICAL ANALYSIS: DIFFERENT VIEWS OF THE ROOTS OF SAUDI-BRITISH RELATIONSHIP 1800 – 1866

Auther : By: Dr. Mishary Al-Nuaim

Available research about the roots of the Saudi-British relationship during the past century led many of us to believe that Riyadh bears the burden of the two parties often troubled relationship. Depending on one-sided reading of the British archives and memories of some British officials at that time, such finding may not seem surprising. It was not uncommon that the British designs were motivated by British imperialistic and often expanding interest. Such policies were not separable from the fact that some British officials at that period viewed eastern peoples and cultures with inferiority and skepticism.

A careful rereading of the available historical records show that there is little hard evidence, if any, to support that long held view. This article argues that Riyadh did in fact present to the British side on several occasions, various initiatives and sometimes draft agreements that aimed at solidifying mutual cooperation. Saudi diplomatic correspondence and envoys attempted relentlessly to gain British concurrence to the sort of mutual functional and territorial sovereignty over the Gulf eastern littoral. While the British attitude was initially not hostile with the intensification of their interests in the Gulf basin, they adopted a hard-line position towards Riyadh insisting on unchallenged supremacy in that area.

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