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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1090] (127/688)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (341 folios). It was created in 1917. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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Zarq (D5hat-az) ..
Between Ras-al-
Qalai'ah and Ras-
A bay
At the foot of the bay
is a pearl bank upon
the coant. The
coast of this bay to
wards the north is
called Ardh-ad-
Dasht, and towards
the south Ardh-az-
Zor (Ras-az)
51 miles south-south
east of Ku
wait Town and 40
miles north-north
west of Hadd-al-Mi-
A long, low, sandy
There is a pearl bank
here, adjoining
the coast, about G
miles west-north-
west of Ras-az-Zor,
and \ a mile inland
from the shore of
Dohat-az-Zarq is
the Baniyat-az-Zor,
a chain of broken
sandstone mounds
reaching south-east
and north-west for
about a mile ; the
highest rises 30 feet
above the plain.
These mounds are
situated in a tract
known as Ardh-az-
Zor or Ardh Abu
'Amlrah ; the tract
contains an abund
ance of a shrub
called Silaij, green
in the hot weather,
on which camel
feed and which has
an aperient effect on
them. Between Ras
az-Zor and Banlyat-
az-Zor are the
brackish wells of
An account of the pearl banks adjoining this coast will be found in the Appendix on
• the pearl fisheries of the Gulf.
Physical geography. —The surface of each of the districts mentioned above is described
in the article under its name. As a whole the territory of the Shaikh of Kuwait is
monotonous devoid of striking features, and sterile. The only well-marked valleys of
any size are t ose o titin and Shaqq, while the only eminences deserving of mention are
Jabal Sanam on the northern boundary, the Jal-az-Zor on the north side of Kuwait
Bay, and the Dhula -al-Mi aijil towards the south of Umm Janaib ; isolated hills of some
importance as landmarks are Sirrah in Qra'ah, Burqan and Warah in 'Adan, Qrain and

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Volume II of III of the Gazetteer of Arabia. The Gazetteer is alphabetically-arranged and this volume contains entries K through to R.

The Gazetteer is an alphabetically-arranged compendium of the tribes, clans and geographical features (including towns, villages, lakes, mountains and wells) of Arabia that is contained within three seperate bound volumes. The entries range from short descriptions of one or two sentences to longer entries of several pages for places such as Iraq and Yemen.

A brief introduction states that the gazetteer was originally intended to deal with the whole of Arabia, "south of a line drawn from the head of the Gulf of 'Aqabah, through Ma'an, to Abu Kamal on the Euphrates, and to include Baghdad and Basrah Wilayats" and notes that before the gazetteer could be completed its publication was postponed and that therefore the three volumes that now form this file simply contain "as much of the MSS. [manuscript] as was ready at the time". It further notes that the contents have not been checked.

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1 volume (341 folios)
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Foliation: This volume's foliation system is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio.

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