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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎993] (30/688)

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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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KABB (K hor-al)—
This is the name of the large salt water inlet on the east side of Bahrain Island which
travellers between Manamah and the two Rifahs must either cross or go round. It is
a fine sheet of water with wooded banks and is sometimes dotted with waterfowl. At
low tide the foot of the creek, called Khor-al-Maqta' Tubli, is a stretch of mud covered
with stumpy mangroves, which a donkey-rider can cross at a ford 1 mile from its end
without wetting his feet.
A locality about 25 miles south-west of Kuwait town, between the district of Qra'ad
on the east and that of Shaqq on the west. Kabd is a row of hills or belt of high ground
extending east and west over a distance of 6 miles. Immediately to the south of Kabd is
a parallel ridge called Kabaidah or Little Kabd, having to the east of it some wells called
Jahliyah, and to the south of it a well-known Bedouin landmark called Eijm-al-Jahtan.
South of Rijm-al-Jahtan, again, is Fawaris, a small plain diversified by hillocks. A group
of five small hills at the western end of Kabaidah is called Minaqish; they are of a whitish
hue and stand between the route from Jahrah to Riqa'i and that from Kuwait town to
An inland village of the Eastern Hajar District {q, v.) of the 'Oman Sultanate.
KABlR (W adi-al)—
A valley in the Dhahirah district of the 'Oman Sultanate which runs south-west
wards and debouches on Wadi Sanaisal, a little above 'Ibri in Dhahirah. The places
situated in Wadi-al-Kabir from its head downdards are the following:—
Near the head of
the Wadi.
3 hours below
Do. ..
40 houses of
Bani Kalban.
7 hours below
Right ..
50 houses of
Bani 'Umr.
3 hours below
4 hours below
'Aridh in a side
valley called
200 houses of
Miyayihah, and
30 of Bani Ra-
shld mostly mud
but a few huts.
See article Miskin.
There is a fort held by
the Bani Kalban.
Animals are 10 camels,
30 donkeys, 60 cattle
and 300 sheep and
goats : there are 800
date palms.
There is a fort of the
Bani 'Umr. Re
sources the same as
at Najaid.
See article 'Aridh.
In 1885 there was a
tumble-down for there
with 2 guns. Livestock
are 10 camels, 30 don
keys, 60 cattle and 300
sheep and goats, and
there are 300 date
Wadi Bilad Shahum, in which stands Maqniyat, is a tributary of this valley.
KABlR ( Wadi-al)—
See Masqat Bay and Town.
' C52(w)GSB

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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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