Upper Aulaqi Sultanate

The Upper Aulaqi Sultanate (Arabic: سلطنة العوالق العليا Salṭanat al-‘Awālaq al-‘Ulyā) was a state in the British Aden Protectorate and the Federation of South Arabia. Its capital was Nisab.

Upper Aulaqi Sultanate
سلطنة العوالق العليا
State of the Federation of South Arabia
18th century–1967

Map of the Federation of South Arabia
CapitalNisab (Nişāb)
Historical era20th century
18th century
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Federation of Arab Emirates of the South
South Yemen


The Lower Aulaqi sultans separated from the Upper Aulaqi in the 18th century. In the late 19th century, the area came under British influence and in 1890 the Upper Aulaqi Sultanate became a British protectorate. Eventually it also became a constituent state of the Aden Protectorate. The Upper Aulaqi Sultanate joined the Federation of South Arabia in June 1964, the last one to join. The last sultan was Sultan Awad ibn Salih Al Awlaqi.

The last ruler was deposed in 1967 upon the founding of the People's Republic of South Yemen and the area is now part of the Republic of Yemen.[1]


The ruler of the Upper Aulaqi Sultanate bore the title Sultan al-Saltana al-`Awlaqiyya al-`Ulya.[2]


  • ....–.... Munassar
  • ....–.... Farid ibn Munassar
  • ....–1862 `Abd Allah ibn Farid
  • 1862 – September 1879 `Awad ibn `Abd Allah
  • 1879 – 11 December 1887 `Abd Allah ibn `Awad
  • December 1887 – 1935 Salih ibn `Abd Allah
  • 1935 – 29 November 1967 `Awad ibn Salih al-`Awlaqi

See also


  1. Paul Dresch. A History of Modern Yemen. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000
  2. States of the Aden Protectorates

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