Dowlat al Kuwait (State of Kuwait)
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. The ruling dynasty was founded by Shaikh Sabah al-Owel (ruled 1756-72). In 1899 Shaikh Mubarak concluded a treaty with the UK: in return for British protection, he undertook not to alienate any of his territory without British agreement. In 1914 the UK recognized Kuwait as an independent government under British protection. On 19 June 1961 an agreement reaffirmed the independence and sovereignty of Kuwait and recognized the Government of Kuwait’s responsibility for the conduct of internal and external affairs; the agreement of 1899 was terminated and the UK agreed to assist Kuwait should it request it.


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Further Reading

  1. Arabian Year Book. Kuwait, 1978Google Scholar
  2. Annual Statistical Abstract of Kuwait. KuwaitGoogle Scholar
  3. Kuwait Facts and Figures 1986. Ministry of Information, 1987Google Scholar
  4. Clements, F. A., Kuwait. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1985Google Scholar
  5. Girgis, M., (ed.) Industrial Progress in Small Oil-Exporting Countries: The Prospect for Kuwait. Harlow, 1984Google Scholar
  6. Sabah, Y. S. F., The Oil Economy of Kuwait. London, 1980Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991

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