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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1170] (219/688)

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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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of 1| fathoms lies nearly half a mile eastward of the outer islet. Maqatin is resorted
to by native trading vessels for shelter during the north-east monsoon; the anchorage
is on the western side of the islets where the water is perfectly smooth when blowing
hard from the north-eastward. The islets are white from the guano deposited by sea
birds which frequent them in great numbers ; it is used by the natives for agricultural
purposes. Maqatin may be easily known by two black hills immediately eastward of it
and close to the sea ; there are others 3 or 4 miles further eastward but not so distinctly
separate as the two mentioned.
At 6 miles eastward of Maqatin is a rocky point named Sambahiyah and for 13 miles
beyond, as far as Ilautah village, a low sandy shore with rocky points prevails; it is
also low westward of Maqatin and in many parts continues low for many miles inland
almost reaching the borders of the Fadhli mountains.
A small anchorage for boats, 5 miles westward of Maqatin.
the bottom rocky.
The water is shallow and
A tract of desert some 12 or 15 miles to the north-east of Madain Salih and traversed
by the route from that village to Tayma. The Sha'ib-al-Maqazz, which is full of ghadha
bushes, forms the limit of the tract on the north-eastern side, dividing it from that of Al-
Hadhb-al-Hamar. A gorge divides Ar-Maqazz from Ar-Ruqqab, to the south-west.
Thus defined, Al-Maqazz is about 3 miles from south-west to north-east; it is volcaniCj
the hills being covered with black stones.— {Huber, March, 1884.)
One of the islets composing Jazair Suwadi {q. v.), off the Batinah coast of the 'Oman
MAQBARAH (F ariq-al)—-
One of the quarters of Qatlf town {q. v.), in Eastern Arabia.
A village in the Hasa Oasis {q. v.), in Eastern Arabia.
MAQDAM (Khan) (or Mijdam)—
A place in Iraq on the left bank of the Euphrates river about 30 miles by water
below 1 allujah and 38 miles above Musaiyib. There is no permanent habitation of
any sort here, not even a hut; but a collection of tents may sometimes be seen of the
Zoba^ tribe. At this place the left bank of the Euphrates is shelving and very sandy,
the right bank steep ; the distance between the two is nearly 200 yards* There is a
small wood on the left bank about half a mile long by 150 yards deep, consisting of
medium sized trees of Euphrates poplar and surrounded by a belt of tamarisks: it is
said to be the property of a resident of Baghdad City. Goods from Hit, chiefly lime
and juss, are sometimes deposited by boats at Khan Maqdam for removal to Baghdad by
camel caravan.
A small hamlet in Wadi Bani Ghafir (q.v.), in the Western Hajar district of the 'Oman
MAQLA (AL B in)—
0f ?u ahrain a ? d Qat f , cIaimin g t0 be a branch of the Al Bu Kuwarah,—
9nnnil ^ Ver correctness of the claim is denied. The Al Bin-Maqla are Malik!
Si tb, they are pearl divers and pearl merchants by occupation; and they own 100
houses at Halat Abu Mahur in Bahrain and 10 houses at Wakrah in Qatar. A small
sub-division of the Al Bm-Maqla in Bahrain are called Al B j Khanrs.

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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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