Kuwait and Her Neighbours (1968)

H R P Dickson

Kuwait and Her Neighbours

Published: London, George Allen and Unwin, 1968

Date: 1968

London, George Allen and Unwin, 1968, 2nd Imp. Elegantly bound in near fine half leather binding with marbled boards. Contents fine. Colour frontis of H R H Shaikh Al Sabah. 8vo. 627pp. Frontispiece. 46 illus. on plates, 1 in rear pocket. 15 text-illus. 20 tables & maps, 6 in rear pocket.

Dickson served as British Political Agent in Bahrain from 1919-1920.[4] He also served in Persia (present-day Iran). In 1929 he was appointed British Political Agent to Kuwait, and served in this role until 1936. He briefly held this role again in 1941.[5] Some of his reports have been published in Political Diaries of the Arab World: Persian Gulf 1904-1965. The publishers' description of this volume reads in part: "Perhaps the most idiosyncratic [contributor to the volume] was Lt. Col. H. R. P. Dickson who wrote voluminously in the 1920s and 1930s on his trips into the Saudi hinterland, his meetings with rulers and all the machinations and gossip that sometimes go into political intelligence-gathering."[6] After retiring from his political career he worked for the Kuwait Oil Company,[3] for which company he had been the first Chief Local Representative in Kuwait.[7] Dickson had a detailed knowledge of bedouin life and customs, and produced two books which are considered valuable chronicles of a now-threatened way of life. These books, The Arab of the Desert: A Glimpse into Badawin Life in Kuwait and Sa'udi Arabia, first published in 1949, and Kuwait and her Neighbours, first published in 1956, have been described as 'monumental',[8] and are now sought-after collector's items. Dickson had a son Saud (who died in May 2005), and a daughter (died in May 20, 2015 after a short illness) Zahra Freeth (née Dickson), who is also an author on Middle Eastern topics and who co-edited and abridged the third edition of The Arab of the Desert.

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