Kuwait: Social Change in Historical Perspective

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Appendix 1

The Law of Divers*

In the name of God, the merciful
The Law of Divers in Kuwait
Issued in the Year 1359h.-1940 A.D.

We the ruler of Kuwait!
Ahmad Al-Jabqr Al-Sabah

In accordance with the suggestion of the chairman of the consultative committee and because of our wish to reform the country and our subjects, we order the following: This is called the Law of the Divers and is composed of 51 articles.


Article One

It is obligatory for every sea diver to appear before his captain at least half a month prior to the official diving trip to service the ship. This order is effective inside and outside the country except in cases of a legitimate excuse [for absence]. If the diver fails to appear without an excuse, he shall be punished.


Article Two

The seamen are obliged to obey the orders of the captain during the season of diving whether they are on sea or on land. They have no right to disobey or object to his orders whatever they may be. However, if anything occurs which may disturb the system of diving, the captain then should have the crew or others witness it and take the issue to the ruler.

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*
Translation based on a comparison of the law in Adil Muhammad al-Abd al- Mughni , al-Iqtisad al-Kuwayti al-Qadim (The Traditional Kuwaiti Economy) ( Kuwait, 1977), pp. 225-34, and Badr al-Din Abbas al-Khususi, Dirasat fi Tarikh al-Kuwayt al- Ijtimai wa al-Iqtisadi: 1913-1961 (Studies in the Social and Economic History of Kuwait: 1913-1961) ( Kuwait: Sharikat al-Matbuat Lil Tawzi wa al-Nashr, 1972), pp. 429-39.

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