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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1100] (143/688)

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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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Habitat of sub-division.
strength of
8. Lawaimi ..
Detached, in the Ahwaz District to
the east of the Karun river, viz.,
on the Malih and about the Thini-
yah in the Ahwaz hills.
9. Sarkhah ..
On the west side of the Karkheh,
crossing also to the Shaur between
Aiwan-1-Karkheh and Shush.

Among the Kathlr at Husainiyeh
between the Diz and the Shaur.
Same habitat as the Barais above ..
In regard to the Lawaimi division above it may be noted that they have not now any
apparent political connection with the main body of the tribe. The Sarkhah are not
of very much importance: their Shaikh Mushattat has friendly relations with some of
the Sagwand Lurs, and a few settled Sarkhah are found at Jirqeh Saiyid Ta'ameh in
the Dizful District of 'Arabistan.
The number of fighting men of the tribe in 'Arabistan is thus approximately 8,000,
and from a comparison of various discrepant accounts their military strength in 'Iraq
would seem to be about 10,000. In view, however, of the indefiniteness of the Turco-
Persian boundary and of the mobility of some of the sections of the Bani Lam, it is
probable that the two estimates to a great extent overlap : consequently it is not neces
sary to estimate the fighting strength of the tribe at more than 15,000 men or their
total number at more than 45,000 souls.
Mode of life and resources.-Except the Kinanah division, who (unless those settled
at Mirbacheh) are entirely pastoral in their habits, the majority of all sections of the
Bam Lam are agricultural and live by growing cereals. The tribe as a whole have not
yet, however, abandoned the nomad life; for neither houses nor huts but only hair
tents are found among them and they migrate towards the hills in the cold weather
and are on the move from February to June.
Wheat, barley, oats, maize millet, mash and lentils are among their crops, but they
have not much rice ; their cultivation is shifting and desultory. The camels and horses
of the Bam Lam are among the best in 'Iraq ; of horses their best breeds are the Hargah
Nasbah and Wadhnah, the two former being, it is said, a monopoly of the tribe
They have also buffaloes, cattle, sheep and donkeys and supply most of the eW for
which 'Amarah Town is famous. The livestock of the ZighSb^rdTvis on afe
to consist exclusively of buffaloes, and the Ka'ab Bait 'Amir are also amonVthe
buffalo-owning sections. The horses possessed by that portion of the tribe which is
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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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