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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1115] (164/688)

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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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Towards which side
Wadi Ma'awal.
Wasit ..
70 houses of Bani
Wadi Ghariz joins the
main valley here.
Wasit forms a small
but rich oasis of date
c ultivation and is
about 10 miles from
Barkah. There are
20 camels, 70 don
keys-, 30 cattle and
200 sheep a,iid goats.
The valley also contains a plain called Na'aman between Hibra, Afi, Muslimat and
Tuwaiyah, and receives the drainage of Tuwaiyah. The trade of Wadi Ma awal is with
Barkah. Wheat, barley, lucerne and beans are grown, and the date palms are estimated
at 100,000.
A section of the Al Wahibah tribe [q. v.), of the Sharcfyah and Ja'alam districts of the
'Oman Sultanate.
A small oasis in the Jafurah desert (y. v.) of eastern Arabia.
MA 'BAR— . j ,
A small village in Yemen, on the road between Sana'a and Qa'tabah and situated abovit
19 miles to the north of Dhamar. Ma'bar stands at an elevation of about 7 500 feet
and consists of a collection of poor habitations built of sun -dried bricks with a little
masonry here and there. The water supply is good. These plateau villages, of the
type of Ma'bar, are mostly mean and dirty in this locality. There was formerly a sms
Turkish garrison quartered here.
The site of some ruins in Hadrammaut, southern Arabia, situated in Wadi Shirwan
some 6 miles inland from Qusai'ir. The ruins consist of a large fort, rounded on one
side and about 40 feet in diameter, the whole being built of round water -worn stones s^
in very strong cement. There is a running stream close by, the water of which is g o
and sweet. Tobacco and other things are grown, and round about are camel thorn trees.
Ma'bar lies under a big, pointed rock amongst hills.—(.Be^, ISdi.)
A bazaar in Hail {q. v.), Jabal Shammar.
A creek in the Fao {q. v.) district,
MABlT (M ahaix-al)— a1 „ r .. , ai
The name of three helting places, in Hejaz on the rente between Al-Wej, and A -
Madinah. They are situated 230, 281 • 5 and 390 kilometres respectively from Al-Waj].
—{Egyptian W. 0. map of Pilgrims' Route*.)
M^BiyAH (Jabal)—
A hill to the eastward of Wadi Sirhan (?. v.) y in north-western Arabia.

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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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