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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎991] (28/688)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (341 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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in descent from Ishmael. It is stated that the original home of the Ka'ab was in Najd
and that some of the tribe are still to the found there at a place called Bishauramyahi;
all efforts to identify this locality have, however, up to the present, been unsuccessful.
According to tribal tradition the majority of the descendants of Ka'ab eventually es
tablished themselves in Northern Africa ; but Nassar and Dris, the legendary progenitors
of the Ka'ab of Southern 'Arabistan made their way from Najd to Doraq and occupied
it after expelling some other Arab tribes and some Afshar or 'Aushar Turks whom they
found in possession. The date of these supposed events is altogether uncertain. Early
in the seventeenth century, apparently the capital of the Ka ab tribe was at Qubban ;
and there it remained until 1747, when a move was made to Fallahiyeh Town or Doraq-
al-Fallahiyeh as it was then styled. Another old settlement of the Ka'ab, since abandoned,
was Sablah or Sablah ; it stood on the right bank of the Karun river, opposite to the
island of Dair and the Marid creek. The history of the Ka'ab tribe in the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries is a part of that of 'Arabistan, which is related at length else
where. Here it is enough to add that shortly after 1775 the jurisdiction of the Ka'ab
chiefs seems to have extended from the neighbourhood of Basrah to the confines of
Behbehan ; but their influence declined as that of the Muhaisin rose, and the chiefs of
the Ka'ab, stripped of political power, have sunk in recent years into undistinguished
vassals of the Shaikh of Muhammareh.
The divisional Shaikhs have no political power; the most important among them are
Shaikh Rizaij of the A1 Bu Ghubaish (Bait Hilayil), who is in charge of Buziyeh and lives
there ; Shaikh 'Abud, the head of the Khanafireh ; Shaikh Musa of the 'Asakireh, and
Shaikh Sultan of the Muqaddam, who is at present in jail.
KA'AB (B ani)—
Sin ular Ka'abi. A tribe in the interior of the 'Oman Promontory, having their
headquarters at Mahadhah, in the neighbourhood of which they are nearly all found.
In politics they are Ghafirlyah ; in religion Sunnis. Their principal sections are :
of souls.
R emabks.
Drisah ..
Wadi Shiya
Mahadhah and Kahal
Misa'id ..

Wadi Bu Jila'ah
Wadi-al-Hayul and
Shibakah in Wadi
Jawaif and Sharam in
Wadi Khadhra.
Mahadhah village
Khatwah in Wadi Bu
Sa'ad, also Khabbain,
also Zahar and Subai-
thah in the Wadi
'Abailah affluent of
Mahadhah village

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Volume II of III of the Gazetteer of Arabia. The Gazetteer is alphabetically-arranged and this volume contains entries K through to R.

The Gazetteer is an alphabetically-arranged compendium of the tribes, clans and geographical features (including towns, villages, lakes, mountains and wells) of Arabia that is contained within three seperate bound volumes. The entries range from short descriptions of one or two sentences to longer entries of several pages for places such as Iraq and Yemen.

A brief introduction states that the gazetteer was originally intended to deal with the whole of Arabia, "south of a line drawn from the head of the Gulf of 'Aqabah, through Ma'an, to Abu Kamal on the Euphrates, and to include Baghdad and Basrah Wilayats" and notes that before the gazetteer could be completed its publication was postponed and that therefore the three volumes that now form this file simply contain "as much of the MSS. [manuscript] as was ready at the time". It further notes that the contents have not been checked.

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1 volume (341 folios)
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Foliation: This volume's foliation system is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio.

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