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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1086] (123/688)

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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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Districts and islands. —The Shaikhdom, considered from the physical point of view,
falls naturally into two parts, one to the north and the other to the south of a line
joining Kuwait Town and Riqa 'i. In the northern block lie the districts or tracts of
Batin, Shiqqaq, Batin, Umm-al-Khllan, Yah, Qira'-al-Marru, Zaqlah and Zor. The
southern block comprises the three great divisions of Summan, Dibdibah and Umm
Janaib ; and the last, which lies along the coast to the south of Kuwait Bay, is further
subdivided into districts named Shaqq, Qra ah, 'Adan, Salu and Hazaim. There is
also, in the extreme south, a district called Sudah, which some authorities treat as
independent of Umm Janaib and others regard as a portion of it.
The maritime possessions of Kuwait may be reckomd to consist of the island of
Failakah which, with its northern and southern outliers of Mashjan and 'Auhah, is
situated at the mouth of Kuwait Bay, and of the islets of Kubbar, C^aru and Umm-al-
Coastal features. —The cost line of Kuwa t, except Kuwait Bay, s insignificant in its
features and hardly merits a detailed description. The following only need be
'Ajuzah (Ras)
12 miles north-east
by east of Kuwait
Town. It is in the
Qra : ah District.
Low cape.
The present Shaikh
of Kuwait has a
fort, Qasr-ash-
Shaikh Jabir, here.
'Amudah (Jabal)
On the coast, about
3 miles south-west-
of Hadd-al-Misha-
'ab. It is in the
Sudah District.
A dark hill of volca
nic aspect appearing
from the sea as 4 or
5 hummocks.
Height is 105 feet;
the hill is a well-
known landmark.
A view of it will be
found in Chart
No. 2374—2837-B.
Ardh (Ras-al)
8 miles east by south
south of Kuwait
Town. It is in the
Qra 'ah District.
Low, sandy cape.
The southern entrance
point of Kuwait
Bay ; a beacon is
maintained here by
the Government of
India for the guid
ance of ships. In
spring townsmen
from Kuwait camp
about the base of
this promontory.
Balbul (Dohat) ..
20 miles north-west
of Musalla-miyah
Bay. I t is in the
Sudah District.
Bay and anchorage
A kind of fair is held
here from April to
June at which local
Bedouins barter
their ghi for rice,
date, etc., from
Qatlf. There are
no houses. Bad
water is obtained
from temporary
wells. In the vici-

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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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