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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1077] (114/688)

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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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KUT—KUT 1077
3. Hamidiyah
Bani Rabl'ah of the
'Atatfah, Al Bu
'Atiyah, Baraisat
Aulad Barkah, Al
Bu Gharbi, Hawid,
Ja'fariyah, Al Bu
Jabir, Judah,
Ruwai'iyin and
Zarkan sections.
6. Sharaimat-alKut.
Bani 'Akbah, Al Bu
'Atiyah, Al Bu
Kanani, Dalfiyah,
Aulad Faraj, Hilaikl-
yah, Jai'fariyah,
Khumaiyis and
Bodhan, these are all
sub-divisions of the
Karaish section of
the Bani Rabi'ah.
There are also some
Salmat of the Sham-
mar Toqah tribe.
Along with Hamidiyah, above is included a tract, occupied by the same sections of
the Bani Rabi'ah, which is known as Sharaimat Jazirah.
Population. —The fixed population of the present reduced Qadha of Kut-al-Amarah
is estimated at 20,000 souls, of whom the great majority are Shi'ah Muhammadans.
There are also about 100 Jews.
Resources. —Wheat, barley, beans, maize, Mash'and sesame are among the crops culti
vated. Livestock are the same as in other Qadhas of the Baghdad Sanjaq, such as
Generally called simply Kut, and not to be confounded with the town of 'Amarah;
the name of which is differently spelt; it is a small town and municipality in 'Iraq
on the left bank of the Tigris opposite to the point where the Shatt-al-Gharaf
goes off from its right bank : by river Kut is 140 to 145 miles above 'Amarah Town and
220 to 225 miles below Baghdad.
The town stands along the river bank and has one mosque with a minaret: it is con
nected with the opposite bank of the river by a boat bridge varying from 35 to 41 pon
toons. The population is about 4,000 and mixed ; a large proportion are Faili Kurds ;
the rest are Arabs of the Shi'ah persuasion with the exception of the 100 Jews, who have
a synagogue, and a handful of Christians. The surrounding country belongs to the
Bani Rabi'ah. The inhabitants are mostly agriculturists, cattle breeders, dealers in
grain and wool, brokers and shopkeepers; but the Kurds are generally porters and
carriers; the Jews, goldsmiths; the Christians, liquorice merchants. Trade is mostly
with the Kurdish towns of Badrah and Jassan and is not important; but there are about
200 shops, 10 Khans and 8 caf^s, also 2 wool-presses. There is a considerable export
of liquorice, which grows plentifully in the neighbourhood, and barley, wheat, oats,
maize and mash are cultivated in the vicinity. Woollen rugs or Haramat and coarse
carpets called Zull are manufactured, and the town has some good gardens and date
plantations; but supplies and transport are both scarce.
Kut-al-Amarah was formerly the headquarters of the Qadha of the same name in
the Sanjaq and Wilayat of Baghdad. Kut has post and telegraph offices.
kut-al-gaw A m—
A village on the left bank of the Shatt-al-'Arab (q. v.), between Basrah and the Persian
A village on the left bank of the Shatt-al-'Arab {q. v.), between Basrah and the
Persian frontier.
A village near the left bank of the Sbatt-al-'Arab {q. v.), a short distance below Basrah,

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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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