Map of Arab League States 1960

Map of Arab League States 1960

From: EGP460.00

In Cairo, on March 22, 1945, the six already sovereign Arab states (Egypt, Syria, Transjordan (later Jordan), Lebanon and Saudi Arabia) formed the Arab League.

At the time the leader of the Arab World was Egypt’s ultra-charismatic, Pan-Arabist, Soviet-allied President, Gamal Abdel Nasser. In this context, This Kharita™ is created. It is a powerful propaganda work, showcasing Iraq’s supposedly leading role within the Arab World. Published in Baghdad at the beginning of the 1960s, the map was commissioned by Abd al-Karim Qasim (1914 – 1963), the Prime Minister of Iraq who seemed to challenge Nasser’s for his superiority over the Arab World. The map embraces the entire Arab World from Morocco to Oman, and is augmented by a detailed plan of Baghdad bearing a portrait of Qasim, while the flags of the 15 Arab entities adorn the side panels.

There is no mention of Israel (which was then not recognized by any Arab state), with ‘Palestine’ taking up its entire territory. The rest of the national boundaries are conventional, save for the fact that the north of Morocco is shown to still belong to Spain, even though that territory had been claimed by Spain  in 1956. The map labels national capitals, other major cities, as well as all major roads, railways and oil pipelines.

This map is considered to be extremely rare, possibly the last remaining, as it would have been intentionally destroyed by the Ba’athist regime that ruled Iraq from 1963 to 2003 that would not have looked favorably upon any document that glorified Qasim.

Map Info

Creator: دار الخط العربي DAR AL-KHAT AL-ARABY
Date: 1960
Language(s): Arabic
Scale: 1:8500000
Location: Middle East & North Africa


A3, A2, A1, A0

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