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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1043] (80/688)

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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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10 i3
A c ground, nsar tha foot of a hill of the same nain3, 63 miles from Al-Wajj
on the route to Al' All.
khar A ris—
A section of the Ro^ah division of the 'Ataibah {q.v.),
A black lava hill near the village of Faid {q.v.), in Jabal Shammar.
An opening in the hills through which the road runs between Matrah and Bait-al-
Falaj {q. v.), in the 'Oman Sultanate.
A considerable village in the Aflaj district of Southern Najd with one or two small
hamlets and a number of detached Qasrs dependent on it; it is situated about the middla
of the district, 3 miles north of Raudhah and 5 or 6 miles south-south-west of Lailah.
Kharfah with its Qasrs comprises about 100 houses of Dawasir of the Ghaiyithat
section and 50 of Bani Khadhlr ; of the whole about two-thirds are contained in tho
main village which is known as Hillah or Qil'ah. The lands of Kharfah are said to be
about 1| square miles in extent and to form a compact block ; the data palms are
estimated at 5,000 only and there are no other fruit trees. Wheat and barley and
a little millet and maize are grown, also melons and lucerne ; the wells are 7 to
8 fathoms deep. The settled inhabitants have no horses, but there is no scarcity of
livestock of the other sorts common in Najd. The present Amir or headman of Kharfah
in Shakhbut-bin-Sultan. The nomenclature of Kharfah and its dependencies is given
in the following table :—
Hillah ..
See above
See above
The main quarter of
Hufuf .
A few hundred yards 50 houses of Banis
beyond Sammah in Khadhir.
the direction of Rau
The people are poor ;
they have but few
animals and no fruit
trees except 200 date
palms. The water
level is the same as
at Kharfah proper.
Lucerne and the or
dinary cereals are
Qil'ah .
Another name for
Hillah above.
On the southern mar
gin of the Khar
fah lands.
10 houses of negroes The inhabitants cult!-
and half caste slaves, vate for the owners
who live elsewhere.
There are cereals but
no dates.

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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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