Al-Muslim, Muhammed Sa'id. Sahil al-dhahab al-aswad. Dirasah tarikhiyah insaniyah li-mintaqat al-Khalij al-'Arabi [Coast of Black Gold: A Historico-Humanitarian Study of the Arabian Gulf Region].

Beirut, [Dar Maktabat al-Hayah, 1960].

8vo. 284 pp. With 6 photographic illustrations, 3 maps (1 double-page) and one tree chart; several embedded pictorial vignettes. Publisher's original illustrated wrappers.


Rare first edition of one of the most important historical studies of the Gulf coastal region of Saudi Arabia, including copious information on the early Saudi oil industry, written by the prominent Saudi historian and banker Muhammed Sa'id Al-Muslim (1925-94), a native of Qatif. The maps include a general map of the Gulf region (double page); an irrigation / agricultural map; and a map of the region's oilfields. Photo illustrations include pictures of the cities of Dammam, Al-Khobar, and Dhahran, the oil fields, and Qatif.

A second edition, dated 1962, was issued by the same publisher and features a revised collation. The first issue is rarer than the second, and while it is difficult to discern the locations of institutional examples, there seem to be only about half a dozen examples in libraries.

Title with handwritten inscription; covers with edge-wear and a couple of tiny marginal tears without loss, old seller's hand stamp to lower cover. In very good condition, partially uncut and seemingly unread with a minor stain to blank final leaf.

OCLC 55482478. NY University (Bobst Library), Main Collection DS326.M8. Madawi Al-Rasheed, Salman's Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia (2018), pp. 107-109. Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis (2014), p. 238.

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