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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1124] (173/688)

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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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A wide valley in Hejaz, crossed by the Sultani route from Mecca to Al-Madlnah, and
also by the route from Yanbo' to Al-Madinah, about 7 miles eastward of Jadldah'. It
lies in the road between Jadidah and An-Naziyah, being two hours' journey from the
latter. Wadi Madiq is evidently a part of the valley-system which is shown on Hunter's
map as draining towards Ras Abyadh, to the south of Yanbo'.
A tract in the Samawah Qadha {q. v.), of 'Iraq.
Formerly there was a village of this name in Wadi Samail (q. v.); it stood on the left
bank, opposite to Rissah (II), but is now deserted.
A bold headland on the south coast of Arabia, situated in Lat. 19° 0' N., Long. 57° 51'
E. It is a dark point with a rocky islet about half a mile long and 60 feet high off it
and separated from it by a narrow channel with only a depth of about 2 feet at low water'
Ras Madrakah is the south-western point of the Gulf of Masirah and the north -eastern
point of Sauqirah Bay; the land hereabouts consists of black volcanic peaks with flat
topped hills of an average height of 450 feet in the background. Copper ore of noor
quality is found in the vicinity. 1
When approached from seaward the point appears like an island and for this reason
or because of the islet already described, it is sometimes called Ras-al-Jazirah or Isolette'
On being first seen it presents the appearance of small detached hillocks, but'on a nearer
approach the peaks are observed to be connected, and a hill known to mariners as Look
out Hill (a remarkable circular hummock) is noticeable on the summit of the point.
There is 12 fathoms water within half a mile ol Ris Madrakah and the 100 fathom 3
line is distant abont 10 miles from it. A good berth, in abont 6} fathoms duriiu- the
south-west monsoon northward of Ms Madrakah, is with the eastern extreme of he
b k eann 8 a0 » th J about 7 u cabll>3 ' 0r in 111)0,11 the 8am '' d «P"> for abont half a mile
anywhere on a ine drawn abont south by east from the berth indieated. Small veTu
might anehor closer in but a long swell sets in here. This is a good place at wWclTS
await slave dhows which leave the Zanzibar coast for the PoiLn Gulf oarlv in the
south-west monsoon. No supplies arc obtainable from the natives who avoid Tntor-
course with Europeans, but an abundance of fish may be taken in the seine.
a C " lti r a 5 e ' 1 area in He i az ' on one of the routes between Mecca and
Al-Madinah. It is situated between Abu Dhiha'a anH a „ p - , -lecca ana
banana, ani lemon trees, and some cultivation of barley and dhSmh Containj date '
MADUD-AL-GHURiB — * ' ' '
A camping ground 46 miles south-east from Al-Madfnah on the inland route 'o Mecca
There are some wells in a vaUey about 2 miles from the halting place.
A section of the Shararat tribe {q. v.) of north -western Arabia.
An outlying qasr near Raudhah (q.v.), in the Aflaj district of Najd.
A caravansarai and fortifiod post in YGinpn on f In* • j v. o > t ,
between Manakhah and Suq -al-Khamis at a dist!nL f i f and situated
The guard-house of MafhaqastaXoTthe south of th 2 m ' leS from tbe latter -
tous 500 -foot hill and dominating r^enciLlamn,",!, ^ 1 6
winds, being commanded for about 2 milesat ranges varymg'UZ'en ^anS'w

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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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