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'Persian Gulf Gazetteer Part II, Geographical and Descriptive Materials, Section II Western Side of the Gulf' [‎43v] (89/286)

The record is made up of 1 volume (140 folios). It was created in 1904. 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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Their character is cruel and vindictive and so suspicious that intermcdiar'
are generally employed in bargains. In spite of this they have few quuref 8
and among them old age is respected and filial duty faithfully dischnroJ)'
Their hospitality is proverbial; but in manner they are stern; triviality i*
not understood ; and firmness of mind and body are the only oualifcip* vpqtw J S
{d) Some are Wahabis, others Sunnis. Bigoted and intolerant but do nnf
carry these traits into small matters, {e) Food consists chiefly of fish dif
bread and milk. Eicher classes indulge in rice. Much coffee is drunk ev™
by lowest orders and smoking is not uncommon in spite of prevalenoe nf
\Vahabi tenets. All are dirty in person. Principal amusements are frennenf
mg coffee-houses and gambling. (/) Their sole peaceful occupation" are
pearling and fishing : the former can only he prosecuted from Juno to SentemW
and, during had weather in winter, sea-fishing is impossible. They have therefore
periods of enforced idleness which in former times led to piracy and still perimns
drives them to tribal warfare. There is practically no agriculture. („)
Men marry as early as they can support a family and when one wife passe
hei prime they take another. Women marry as young as 14. The people treat
their slaves with kindness and are formally polite to one another (VI iVi
Arms in 183d were matchlock, spear about 7 feet lonsr, rich dagger in girdfi
and long double-edged straight sword with long handle and no guard (8) /«)-!
(g) (h)Genealogies of ruling families of all principalities are required iL
T C 1 umba i 1 ? de ' a, - 0 ffi c ial of SOth (Jctoher 1903, does not give'colla-
tciaU Tables might include dates of birth, accession and death so far is
1002 W Co ^ s genealogy of Sharga family (in bis letter No. 290 of 2nd July
1902) does not give dates nor, apparently, descendants of collaterals.
UNIRAH.—Town mentioned by Whitelook nr, i
to ^ ^ ^n ^iiSLru
Mann Y irL, ( | B w. I , ) '~ B S m 1 b '' ly SeI t. ction > XXIV ' divides them into Beni Tas
hal^vnLters^nd a 1 ll'Diratfs raV Tl^> a th r- an , clan > Lalf Bedouiw.'
belon" to the oibnti'il ; i' i chief place is Soor and that they
sation° partake in it's nationaTan^rf- ( ^ m , an .? nd > tho "S h d evoid of its civili
an Muslims and Wahabt Rpn^ P I J 03 feel,n - s and heilce are haters of
ana u aUabis. Bern Bu Folasa appears to be name of a section.
north, P0 , int " !n lai 2t ° I6i"
At north-east end is mino/i 'ii 0 ^jles noith and south, breadth 4 miles.
««. isttostoss zirs,'r, h ° s* —*■ , ■"
singular land locked barbo.u- wit h I tn fiTf. , , . s ? uth ' east eil<1 18
only 2 cables wide • dimen^n i , fat , lloms and muddy bottom ; entrance
much resorted to bV pearlers ^ miIe by " mile interaall y- ^as (and is ?)
S ab ( / E ^^ HiShpeak in tlie Beni Kaab.
Hamra. ' re P reseri ^ e( l Rascal Khaima and Jazirat-al-
on oPsU of Eas Bibba
unde^ p^sonaf leadership of their Sheikh? ra '^ ed ^ Kata r people about 1S88
of Bereymi, though Latter ai^ < 1 ' la ' ra to 1,6 a ^anch of Dliowahir
nected with Dhowabir and'tbev fnO 1S 'r Za ' l00rl 3 T een are in practice uncon-
are practically subieet I„ 'nn T f0 ^ tUneS of Shihiyyin to whom they
September they mierate bnrlfl ^ ^^uil er ^ flsWng. From May to
takers behind, and bivmnp Jp 10 r i'akan and Khasab, leaving care-
permanent communities at tbosp Caching themselves to one of
ami all the villn~i the a . 0eS ] villa 8 9S are Shabu9 a ' 1 d Shisa
screen their faces in the JEgyptiaiTfasMon 13S ^ 0ne ^ n ^ ets * ® om0 ^ ie W0Icen
trict ofsi^ 1111 ^ On bin" 0 ^^ 8 from 1{ams in al Khaima dis-
n WQ nuj. (dj fortified. (4)--.(io).

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The volume is Part II Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Gazetteer, Geographical and Descriptive Materials, Section II Western Side of the Gulf (Simla: G C Press, 1904).

The volume contains notes, followed by subsections on Trucial Chiefs' Territory, Katar [Qatar], Bahrein [Bahrain], Hasa, and Koweit [Kuwait]. The volume is a geographical and descriptive gazetteer, giving information on alphabetically-listed places in each of the territories in question.

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1 volume (140 folios)

There is a table of contents on the title page of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at 1 on the front cover, and terminates at 142 on the back cover. These numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found in the top right hand corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. page of each folio. A printed pagination system also runs intermittently throughout the volume.

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