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'Persian Gulf Gazetteer Part II, Geographical and Descriptive Materials, Section II Western Side of the Gulf' [‎117v] (233/286)

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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ABDULLA (KHOR).—Great inlet, Laving Bulnyan island on the south
west and the land forming the banks of the west side of the Shatt-al-Arab on
the north. It is 12 miles wide at entrance and runs north-west to Warba Island
connecting there with Khor as Sabiya and Khor Umm Kasr. Soundings are
4 to 5 fathoms. Off easternmost point of Bubiyan, and at entrance of
Khor Abdulla, lies detached bank of hard sand, called Tasht-al-Aich, about 8
miles in length, and nearly parallel to Bubiyan Island. The shore of the
Khor Abdulla from the entrance of the Shatt-al-Arab to Umm Kasr is low
alluvial ground, covered in places with reeds and grass, and elsewkere with
mud. The water carried in by the tide forms as it w T ere an over-flow of the
sea extending inland for some miles. At high tide the depression is covered
with a broad sheet of shallow water, and at low tide is transformed into a
series of mud flats.
AD AN.—According to Pelly means, as used by Koweit people, the tract
stretching from Koweit to Khor Karain only, about 45 miles south of Koweit.
Malah, Legait and Warfra are in it. It is bounded on south and west by
district of Shug. In another place Belly describes it as a strip of rising ground,
a few miles to the southward of Koweit, and says that native sailors also call it
Uejaj-al-Bint from its supposed resemblance to the curve of a girl's eye-brow.
AGHTHI.—Bange of hills about 200 feet high, of a dusky brown colour
and level on top, about 2J to 3 miles inland from the north shore of Koweit Bay.
Towards sea this range ends in a steep declivity. It curves round from Duhat
Kathama to entrance of Khor as Sabiya. Shore between Aghthi and Koweit
Bay is sandy and covered with tussocks of coarse grass. From the top of this
range the ground rises gradually to a ridge some 5 miles to northward. JNo
cultivation on this higher ground.
AJTJZA (HAS AL).—Low point with some conspicuous dark trees,
about 6 miles north-west by west of Bas-al-Arz and 2 miles north-east by east
of Koweit town.
ARRAKI.—Second stage on route from Koweit to Hail, about 78 miles
from Koweit via Jahara. There is a little water.
ARZ (RAS AL.)—Low, sandy point on south side of entrance to Koweit
Bay. For 30 miles to south, coast is a stony desert of brown colour rising
gradually to 200 or 300 feet at a few miles inland. Between Eas-al-Arz and
Ras al-Ajuza and nearer the former are 3 small forts (what names ?),
Inland, 5 miles south-west of Ras-al-Arz, is small square fort, 184 feet above
sea level. (Is this one included in 3 before mentioned ?).
ASIIEIRIJ (RAS).—Low point BJ miles west of Ras-al-Ajuza, enclosing
with the latter a cove of Koweit Bay in which lie the Akkaz flat (of mud with
patches of rock), the islet of Kurein (q.v.), and the low rocky island of Umm-
an-Namil. Inner part of cove is very shallow, and is called at head Duhat Abu
BUBIYAN (KnOR).-See Kbor-as-Sabiya.
BUBIYAN (JEZIRAT).—Large, low island, about 26 miles long north
and south, by 12 miles broad. There are no date-trees, habitations or fresh
water and part is overflowed at high water. South point called Ras-al-Abreisha
is 7 miles north-north-west from Failaka Island. West side is separated from
mainland by Khor Sabiya. North-east point of island is called Ras-al-Geit,
near which a small Turkish storehouse is at present located with an officer and
small detachment. The Sheikh of Koweit claims the island on the ground that
his people have occupied it annually for fishing and paid rents. There is other
evidence in favour of his claim.
CHAWAICHIB.—Place inland, about 2 or 2i miles north-east of Kathama
CHEBREET or CHEBRUT (DELAA-EL).— <{ The Sulphur Hills," a small
range of 5 distinct hills arranged in a curve with concavity towards the east
about 80 miles south of Koweit on route to Riadh. Only 2 of the 5 hills yield
sulphur. It is believed that a continuation of these hills sweeps round to

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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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