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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1254] (303/688)

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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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A.—Bait Chuwaimil. —The most important of these sections is (A) Bait Chuwaimil
from which we now have the present four ruling houses, the Bait Khalifah and its ofi-
Manshad. Faisal.
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Wadi. Saihud.
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Majid. Mushattat. Humud. Tahir. Falih. Hatim. 'Abdul Karlm. Fitnah.
1. Bait Wadi .. .. Head Shaikh 'Araibi Pasha ibn Wadi.
2. Bait Khalifah .. .. „ „ Majid ibn Khalifah.
3. Bait Yasir .. „ ,, 'Usman ibn Yasir.
4. Bait Saihud .. .. „ ,, Falih ibn Saihud.
1. Bait Wddi. —The Shaikh is 'Arabi ibn Wadi, known as 'Araibi Pasha, who liveg
at a village called Mus'aidah, 20 miles south east of 'Amarah, on the Chahalah
canal. He farms the large Chahalah estate extending along the left bank of Tigris,
from the Chahalah canal the Xahr Husainiyah south-wards the Chahalah to about
14 miles north of Qal'at Salih.
It includes valuable rice land in the marshes at the tail and of the Chahalah and its
branches. He holds also the lease of the small 'Uwaijlah estate on the Musharrah.
'Araibi came in at the occupation of 'Amarah and appears to have been staunch.
Strength about 4,000 footmen.
2. Bait Khalifah. —The Shaikh is Majid ibn Khalifah who lives at Majar-al-Kabir,
a small town about 18 miles from 'Amarah on the canal of the same name. He farms
the Majar-al-Kabir estate which extends along the Tigris from the mouth of the Majar-
al-Kabir to below Muzaniyah some 8 miles above Qal'at Salih, and inchidcs very rich
lands at the tail end of Majar-al-Kabir towards the marshes.
Majid's conduct has not been quite satisfactory and he is reported to have corres
ponded with the Turks freely at times.
Majid practically controls the Fartus Arabs, who cultivate part of his rice lands, and
graze their buffaloes in and near his limits.
Majid has a following of about 8,000 men.
3. Bait Fcmr.—Up to July 1916, two brothers named 'Usman and Zabun ibn Yasir
were Shaikhs of this section. Zabun refused to obey the orders of Government and was
turned out of his lands, his brother Usman being put in as Shaikh over all the lands.

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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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