Reviews of A Narrative of a Year's Journey through Central and Eastern Arabia, 1862-63 by William Gifford Palgrave, Published 1865 [4v] (8/42)
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Palgrave $ Arabia,
related of the self-immolation of the disciples of Hassan and Kar-
math, at the command of their Morslieeds, are identical.
We shall have occasion to say something further on of a more
recent sect of religious militants (all sects are militant in Arabia),
which, however, has for its object, not the overthrow of the Maho-
medan faith, but its restoration to its original purity.
Geographically the term Arabia has not unusually been
applied exclusively to the peninsula, of which three sides are
bounded by the Red Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Persian
Gulf, and of which the isthmus would be cut across near its
narrowest part by a line of about 800 miles drawn from Yembo
on the Red Sea to Grane (also called Koweit) at the N.W.
angle of the 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. . But those limits would exclude a
considerable proportion of historical Arabia, which extends far
beyond the peninsula and its isthmus, but of which the limits
are not accurately defined. Our present business, however, is
with the Arabs of the Peninsula.
Beginning at the north-eastern shore of the Red Sea, we find
on the whole coasts of the peninsula, and extending inland to
varying and imperfectly defined distances, the following pro
vinces or principalities, each of which consists of a certain extent
of low land of varying breadth along the coast, which is called
Tehama, and behind which rises a mountain range of con
siderable altitude, and consisting in some parts, more especially
in Yemen and Oman, of successive ridges or groups of moun
tain country extending into the interior. Of the provinces, the
first, in the order in which we propose to take them, is Hejaz,
in which are the cities of Mekka, Jeddah, and Medina—Yembo,
Tayf, and other towns and villages. Proceeding southward, we
next come to Yemen, which extends to the Straits of Babel-
mandeb and a short distance bejond them to the east. It con
tains the cities of Sana or Saana and Mokha, besides many other
towns and villages, both on the coast and in the interior. To
the east of Yemen, on the coast of the Indian Ocean, is Hadra-
maut, near the western limit of which is the peninsula and
fortress of Aden, now a British possession. The principality of
Oman extends from the eastern limit of Hadramaut to Cape
Massendom and the 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. ; and besides the capital, Mus
cat, contains several considerable towns on the coast and many
villages both on the coast and in the interior. On the southern
and western shores of the 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. , beyond the limits of
Oman, are Bahrein, Haza, and Grane or Koweit, all of which
contain considerable towns and villages. This completes the
circuit of the peninsula from one shore of the isthmus to the
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Three published reviews of Palgrave's Arabia , one from a journal and two from newspapers:
- Pages 182-215 from the Quarterly Review which contained a review of Palgrave's Arabia (ff. 2v-19). The review is undated but is believed to be c.1865.
- Press cutting from the Friend of India of their review of 'Mr Palgrave's journey through Arabia'. The Press Cutting is undated but is believed be c.1865.
- Press cutting from the Times of India , 4 November 1865 of an article entitled 'Central and Eastern Arabia' which reviews Palgrave's book.
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William Gifford Palgrave, A Narrative of a year's journey through Central and Eastern Arabia 1862-1863 (London, 1865)
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