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'Persian Gulf Gazetteer Part II, Geographical and Descriptive Materials, Section II Western Side of the Gulf' [‎53v] (109/286)

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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GHODHA. Halting place on eastern route from Bereymi to Ilasa, inland
from Katar Peninsula. .
HAJTE j (BE1SI).—Important (Bedouin ?) tribe whose territory adjoins
Katar Sections are Makhazzabah, Makhzeeyah, Makkhazab, Matair, A1
Muhammad and Sahool. Total number about 4,000 to 5,000 ; figliting strength
800. Sheikhs receive Turkish subsidies.
HALUL.—Island in lat. 25° 40' north and long. 52° 25' east. 71
miles south -east by east from Ras Eakkin. One mile across ; hilly with peak
of 180 feet ; anchorage and landing-place on south east side. Quite barren ;
no water ; visited by pearl boats.
HAMADAL.—Tribe owning 7 boats which migrated from Jumail to
Zubara in 1S73.
HASAN (KHOR).—Small town and fort on Katar coast 9 miles south
west of lias Eakkin. Had (before 1856) a square fort and 100 inhabitants,
mostly fishermen, of A1 Bu Kuwara and Uttoobee tribes. In 1818 it had 400
houses and was retreat of Rahmat bin Jabir (?).
HA WAR.—Island about 10 miles long off west coast of Katar, frequented
by fishermen. Before 1856 it had 2 fishing villages.
HAvVAYLAH.— Place in Katar, once tenanted, according to Jasim bin
Muhammed bin Thani, by the Al Bin Ali tribe. Is this same as Howeila
below ?
HAZARA. Place in desert where Jasim, Chief of Katar, camped to be
out of reach of Turks in 1894.
HOWEILA.—Small town with square fort on north-west coast of Katar.
Inhabited before 1853 by 400 Al Bn Kuwara and was then a principal pearl-
fishing station and had water-supply and some cattle. People were employed
in pearl fishery. Place was deserted in 1887. There is water.
IBRAHIM (BELAD).—Place on Katar coast between Bidaa and Wakra.
Uninhabited and ruinous in 1887.
ISMAIL.—Place (in Katar ?) passed after Ghareeyat and Ruweis on sea
journey from Bidaa to Bahrein.
JAN.—Place in Katar inland (?) from Zubara.
JUMAIL. Place occupied by Hamadal tribe before their removal to
Zubara in 1873.
KARFAIJ.— Place south of Nasaimeer.
KASR KOONAR.—Place at or in Bidaa.
KAT.—Part or suburb (?) of Bidaa.
KATAR —Begins north of Khor al Odaid and in the political sense may
be taken as extending to eastern extremity of Turkish province of Hasa recog
nised by British Government. Does it properly extend to Katif and include
Oiair ? See Bombay Selection XXIV, page 18, Beri Gattar. Erom Odaid for
18 miles shore consists of high white sandhills; this tract is called Najhan and
ends at Jezirat Mishiryat. Thence to Bidaa is low, sai^dy or stony desert. At
Bidaa there is some sfightly elevated ro^ky ground and there area few hillocks
in different other parts between Wakra and Ras Rakkin ; greater part is stony
desert and north part is very low. According to Gulf Pilot (1898) Wakra to Ras
Rakkin section sends only 200 boats to pearl fishery. Off west coast of Katar,
between it and Bahrein, is large Easht-ad-Diba3 shoal, 5 miles long north and south
bv 2 1 miles broad. Coast of Katar on this side is low, sandy or stony desert with
a' few little hills here and there. Only vegetation is coarse grass growing in
tufts on sand -hills and small brushwood in places. Palgrave (1833) describes
Katar as a miserable province consisting of mi 1 e upon mile of low barren hills,
bleak and sun-scorched, with hardly a tree. Beach generally muddy and
i mile broad. Pasture scanty in extreme. Occasional mud villages and
palm leaf huts, all walled in. There are towers, 25 to 30 feet high with door i

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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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