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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1031] (68/688)

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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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khllid 1031
Subaih (Al)
Had-hud ..
Also settled at Qasr Al Subaih
their present Shaikh being
Abdullah, Al ' Azzam.
Haiyah (Al)
An entirely nomadic sub-section,
under Shaikh Jarbo'ah-bin-
* #
This sub-section, located in Qatar
and Bahrain, is now to all intents
and purposes a distinct tribe and
is described separately under its
own name.
Katab (Al)
It is stated that the Bani Qitab or
Katab of 'Oman are of the same
origin as this sub-section. The
present Shaikh of the Al
Katab in the Hasa Sanjaq is
Khalid-bin-Fahad, Al Thawab.
This sub-section are altogether
nomadic; but their Shaikh,
at present Muhammad-bin-
Ajran, is Shaikh also of the
whole Al Subaih section.
Zuban (Al)
Bedouins; their Shaikh at this time
is Sultan-bin-Mansur.
Partly nomads and partly settled
at Qasr Al Subaih.
The settled Bani Khalid of Malham are stated to belong to a section called Qammaz
those of Zilfi to sections styled Dushan and Hamran and those of Quwai'iyah to one known
as 'Arafah. There is also a small nomodic section, the Kathlr, who are found to the
north of Kawait among the Dhafir tribe. , . , , , j
The fighting strength of the Bani Khalid, exclusive of divisions which have separated
from them and become independent tribes, is thus about 4,000 men; and the total
number of souls in the tribe, subject to a similar deduction, may be roughly estimated
History and viesent political position. —Less than 150 years ago the Bani Khalid were
the permanent tribe of Eastern Arabia, and the extent of their territory at that time
is marked by the fact that caravans between Baghdad and Aleppo used to suffer from
their depredations. Their power was first broken by the Wahhabis m or before 1795,
and in 1830 they were obliged to surrender the sovereignty of the Hasa Uasis to the
Wahhabi Amir. In 1874 the Turks attempted to govern the Hasa Sanjaq through one
of the Bani Khalid chiefs, but the experiment was a failure.
The Bani Khalid are on bad terms with the Mutair and the A1 Morrah, and the recent
establishment of the village of Qasr Al Subaih was intended to facilitate the prosecution
of hostilities against those tribes. With the Turks the Bani Khahd were in somewhat
close relations, and the non-nomadic portion of the tribe for the most part used o pay
them a regular Zakat; but the allowances disbursed by the Porte to the tribe as a whole

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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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