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'Persian Gulf Gazetteer Part II, Geographical and Descriptive Materials, Section II Western Side of the Gulf' [‎79v] (161/286)

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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Tliese villages aro the sanitarium of Bahrein. The more "westerly stands on a
clirf about 50 feet above desert and is called Kufaa Jibliya, the other Rufaa
Shorga, Between them, in the depression, is the village of Hanaini with the best
well of water in the island. The Rufaas are probably older than Muharrak or
Manama ; they are fortified villages with castellated walls of mud bricks and
several towers. Many of the A1 Khalifa reside in both (P) in comfortable
houses, Manama lies about 7 miles to the north.
SAL ATA.—An Arab tribe at Bahrein.
SALMAN (AL).—Branch of the A1 Khalifa family to which Sheikh
Isa bin Ali belongs.
SAE ABI.—Village on coast 2| miles west of Portuguese Fort.
SAYA.—Small islet on shore reef of Muharrak Island, J of a mile from
the beach, west of Basaitin. It has a basin on top filled by a fresh-water spring
but liable to be tainted by the sea getting in. Island is 20 yards across and
only just above high-water level.
SELBA.—Small village at south end of Bahrein Island.
SENNABIS.—-Coast village between Manama and Portuguese Fort.
SUAHIN" (BU).—Islet on the shore reef, south-east by east from Iladd
village and J of a mile off shore. Has a fresh-water spring.
SIIAKOE/.-—District in Bahrein where there are date plantations.
SHEEEIBA—Coast village between Portuguese Port and Bidia, see
Admiralty plan No, 20. Is this same as Sarabi above ?
SIM ABI.—Place on Muharrak Island mentioned by Durand as site of
an ancient well. Is this misprint for Simahi below ?
SIMALLI.—Village consisting of few huts and clump of date trees- near
north extremity of Muharrak Island.
SIRABE.—Village mentioned by Durand as on north coast of Bahrein
Island. Can Sarabi be meant ?
SITEA.—Island off the east side of Bahrein Island, 4 miles long and If
miles broad with narrow, shallow Khor between its south-east side and Bahrein
Island. Northern half is covered with high date trees. In the grove are village
and fort of Sitra and at south end is village of Mahama. Admiralty Plan No.
20 marks another village at north-east corner of island, but gives no name.
SITRA .—Village with fort on Sitra Island. No particulars.
SULAIM (AL).—An Arab tribe of Bahrein.
SULEISIL.—The present Bahrein anchorage or outer harbour for larpe
vessels, about 4 miles north-west of Manama.
SUMAIT (AL).-—An Arab tribe at Bahrein.
UTTOOBEES.—Arab tribe who conquered Bahrein and now form a lar^o
portion of the genuine Arab inhabitants. 0
Vf ILAYAT-LL-KADIM.——Given by Durand as an alternative name of
Balad al Ivadim.
YARIM (FASIIT-AL). 'Extensive pear-sliaped reef which protects
Bahrein harhour from Shemal; it is 13 miles long north and south and, at north
end, 8 miles broad. ,
ZALAK.—Village with fort on west coast of Bahrein Island
miles south of Bidia. Zwemer says there are ruins in neiehbourhood
wells cut through solid rock.
ZARA.--Mentioned by Ritter (volume 12, page 395) as a town
to Bahrein.
ZAUYED (AL),—Or Zayed. An Arab tribe at Bahrein.
ZUNJ.—A district of Bahrein where dates grow.
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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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