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'Handbook of Mesopotamia. Vol. II. 1917' [‎371] (380/542)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (269 folios). It was created in 1917. 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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AHWAZ-NAZIRI, On the 1. bank of the Karun. Lat. 31° 20',
long. 48° 41/.
Pop. about 7,500 (Ahwaz, pop. 1,500, 200 houses; Nazirl, pop.
6,000, 900houses). P.O. T. (Mohammareh—Shushtar, Shushtar line:
branch to Eamuz and Borasjun, where the Bushire—Teheran (Indo-
European) line is joined). Telephone (Anglo-Persian Oil Co.'s line
from Maidan-i-Naftun to 'Abbadan. Telephonic communication with
River Routes. —For the navigation of the Karun above and below
the rapids, and of the Ab-i-Dlz, see II A. The Karun
is the most important highway in this region.
Land Routes.—
(i) To Mohammareh. via both sides of the Karun. (See 6 a
and 6 b.)
(ii) To Shushtar, via both sides of the Karun. (See 6 c.)
(iii) To Shush. (See Route 6 d.)
(iv) To Amara. (See Route 8 a.)
(y) To Isfahan. (See Routes in P vol. iii, 69.)
(vi) To Maidan-i-N"aftun.
General Description. —Ahwaz village lies on a somewhat high
bank at the head of the Ahwaz rapids at the NW. end of a low
range of sandstone hills which subside before reaching it. Naziri
village (or Bandar-i-Nazirl) lies about 1 m. S. of Ahwaz below the
rapids on a slight elevation overlooking the river: opposite it is the
village of Aminlyeh.
The importance of Ahwaz-Nazirl lies mainly in the position of
the two villages above and below the practically unnavigable rapids
of the Karun. Cargoes brought up or down the Karun have to be
transhipped here (see Route II A). Before the war a horse-tramway,
belonging to the Persian merchant Mu'in et-Tujjar (see under
Mobarnmareh), conveyed goods between Nazirl and Ahwaz wharves.
In 1914 there were apparently three wharves at Nazirl, and two
above the rapids.
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This volume is A Handbook of Mesopotamia, Volume II, Irak, The Lower Kārūn, and Luristan (Admiralty War Staff Intelligence Division, May, 1917), covering the regions of the Shatt el-‘Arab [Shaṭṭ al-‘Arab], Kārūn, Luristan, and the Tigris and Euphrates up to Baghdad and Fellūjeh [Fallūjah]. The volume was prepared on behalf of the Admiralty and War Office, and appears to be based on official and unofficial publications and maps which are cited in a bibliographical section in the volume.

The volume includes a note on confidentiality, a title page, 'Note', 'Abbreviations'. There is a 'Contents' which include the following sections:

  • Introduction;
  • River Routes (Shatt el-‘Arab, The Kārūn, The Tigris, The Euphrates, The Shatt el-Hai);
  • Land Routes (The Region of the Shatt el-‘Arab, The Tigris Valley, The Region of the Lower Kārūn River of Luristan, The Euphrates Valley, Connexions between the Tigris and Euphrates Valley, The Arabian Desert);
  • Railways;
  • Gazetteer of Towns;
  • Bibliographical Note and List of Maps;
  • Transliteration of Names;
  • Glossary;
  • Appendices (A: Notes on Weather on the Tigris, B: The Control of the Tigris Water, C: The Control of the Euphrates Water, D: Oil-Fields of the Mesopotamia and Persian Frontier, E: Note on Mules);
  • Index;
  • Plates;
  • Maps.

The volume includes eight plates that illustrate the volume. There are also three maps:

  • 'Baghdad';
  • 'City Map of Baghdad';
  • 'Mesopotamia: Outline Map Showing Routes'.
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1 volume (269 folios)

The volume is arranged accourding to numbered routes. There is a table of contents at the front of the volume and an alphabetical index at the back. There is also a list of plates and two maps are house in a pocket and one is a foldout.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the first folio and terminates at the last folio; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of the folio.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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