Magazine article Geographical

The Middle East during the Great War: Map of Arabia (Showing Zones of Native Rulers), 1917

Magazine article Geographical

The Middle East during the Great War: Map of Arabia (Showing Zones of Native Rulers), 1917

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In September 1916, mid-way through the First World War, the Survey of Egypt, on behalf of the Arab Bureau, published a map of Arabia in black, grey-green (for seas) and blue (for rivers and wadis). The following April, the map was 'reprinted with additions' by the Ordnance Survey in Southampton.

This copy of that later printing, received by the RGS Map Room on 7 May 1917 from the director of military intelligence in the War Office, has been hand coloured to show the extent of the zones controlled by the various local rulers at the time. Prominent in the map, and of interest today, is the zone ruled by Ibn Saud, which was later enlarged by swallowing Sharif Husayn's Hejaz and Idrisi's Asir to become Saudi Arabia.

The sheet has been signed in the top right-hand corner by a D Carruthers. Between January and March 1909, Douglas Carruthers travelled in Syria and Jordan and, on his return, published a paper in the Geographical Journal about his journey. …

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