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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1044] (81/688)

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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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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^044 KHA—KHA
The finest valley in Arabia Felix, Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Bana not excepted. It runs down from the
■Western slopes of Jabal Nabi Shaib (Jabal Hadhur) with a breadth across its confining
hUls of ten miles, all terraced, thick with crops, and dotted with villages and towers down
to its bed 3,000 feet below the Hodeida-Sana'a road at Suq-al-Kham.s. Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Khanfi
drains into Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Sirdid.—(/. D. Cairo, 1913.)
KHARlFOT— t t , v , ,,
The name of a village, and a ravine, in the Dhufar district (q.v.), of the south
coast of Arabia.
KHARIJiYAH—
A tract in the Samawah Qadha {q.v.) of Iraq.
KHARIJIYAH
The largest village on the island of Sitrah {q.v.), of the Bahrain archipalaga.
KHARISAH—
See Southern Shanlmar tribe, Dighairat division.
KHARJ— ( ^ # j i i x * jl
A district of the Wahhabi dominions or southern Najd ; it is adjoined by Andh on
the north and by Hariq and Hautah on the west; on the other sides it is enclosed by
deserts. It is understood to extend about 40 miles from north to south and the same
from east to west.
Physical diaractenstics.—KhQx] is a sandy plain without any remarkable physical
features. The Sahabah tract on the north-east is closely connected with Kharj, but
should probably be regarded as distinct. On the east side Kharj passes into a sandy
and at times stony country called Maraghah ; on the south it shades off into a bare sandy
desert known as Dahi; on the west it is divided from Hautah by Saut, a stretch of low
flat country containing tamarisk and acacia trees. The drainage of the Hautah and
Hariq districts is brought to Dilam in Kharj by a hollow ( Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Braik) which has its
beginning at Hautah town, or even further away, to the west-south-west; and the Sha'ib
'Alaiyah reaches from the eastern face of Jabal 'Alaiyah to the village of Yamamah in
Kharj ; on the other hand Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Hanifah, though it approaches the district from the
north, is dissipated, in Sahabah and does not enter Kharj. There is one flowing stream
in the district, that of Farzan, which rises on the west side of the Kharj villages
and after ma kin g its way across some miles of sandy country is utilised for the irriga
tion of crops. The air of Kharj is described as healthy and refreshing.*
Topography, population and resources. —The following table contains some particulars
of the principal places in Kharj—
Katne.
'Adhar .<
Balaisah
Position,
On the west or south
west side of Dilam,
the date groves of
the two places
being almost conti
nuous.
A short distance to
the south-west of
'Adhar.
Nature.
A village of about 40
houses, viz., 20 of
Bani Tamim, 10 of
'Aid and 10 of in
ferior tribes.
Formerly a village,
now deserted.
Remark?,
There is considerable
cultivation of dates
and wheat; live
stock are estimated
at 50 camels, 20
donkeys and 40
cattle. The wells
are 6 fathoms deep.
There is not even
cultivation now at
this place.
•So far as Is known Kharj has not yet been visited by any European travejler.

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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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