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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1171] (220/688)

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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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MAQLAB ^ Khor , ash . gham> on t}ie wegt R i ( ie of the isthmus which divides the Malcolm
and Elphinstone inlets of the Ruus-al-Jibal District of the 'Oman Sultanate. The bay lies
between Qanah and Sham Island and is about a mile broad by a mile deep. The whole
neck joining the main body of Ruus-al-Jibal to its head which ends in Ras Musandam
is now generally spoken of by Europeans as the isthmus of Maqlab ; it consists of a rocky
ridge, about 200 feet high at the lowest part and 4 miles in length from west-south-west
to east-north-east; at one place near its eastern end it measures only about 600 yards
across from sea to sea.
A town among the inland slopes of the Western Hajar of the 'Oman Sultanate, but
reckoned to the district of Dhahirah ; it is situated in a valley called Wadi 15ilad Shahum
which is a tributary of Wadi-al-KabTr and rises near the head of Wadi Bani Ghafir.
Maqniyat consists of some 740 mud houses of the Bani Kalban tribe, the sections being
represented as follows: 'Amairah, 200 houses ; Ghababln, 160 houses ; Jarawmah, 200
houses ; Sinan, 80 houses ; and Subaih, 100 houses. The people are cultivators camel-
men and donkey-men; they own about 200 camels and 600 donkeys which ply from
Khaburah and Sohar in Batinah to 'Ibri and Dhank in Dhahirah. The agricultural
resources of the place comprise 12,000 date-palms, 50 cattle and 2,000 sheep and goats.
A mile or two west of MaqnTyat is a village of 60 houses called Sammah, also iuhabited
by Bani Kalban ; here wheat, millet and lucerne are grown, and there are 1,000 date-
palms, 12 cattle, 15 donkeys, and 200 sheep and goats.
A fendy of the Southern Shammar tribe {q.v.), of the Tuman division.
A great depression in southern central Arabia, apparently dividing the district of
Aflaj (q-v.) from the Ruba'-al-Khali.
A branch of the settled 'Anaizah tribe {q.v.) to whom the rulers of southern Najd belong.
The name of the meat market of the town of Dam {q.v.), in Widyan Dawasxr, southern
MAQSAL (Q arn-al)—
A camping ground in sonthem Hojai, western Arabia, situated 180-180 miles sonlh-
east from Mecca and reported to constitute one of the halting places on the Yemen
Hajj route.— {Hunter's Map of Arabia.)
MAQTA^-— brack;sh undrinkable water in the Kuwait Principality, forming the
boundary between the district of Hazaim on the north and the plain of Lab.bah or district
of Sudah on the south. It rises in a salt spring called •Ain-al- Abd which is said to be
about 15 miles from the coast, and it reaches the sea immediate y to the north of Bas-al-
Khafii. Maqta' is described as having a flow of water 10 or - feet broad an oo
deep and it is stated that at full tide native vessels can proceed a short way up it. Its
enteance is known as Khor-al-Maqta'. A plural form of the name (Maqata ) is also used.
A ford in a creek in the Abu Dhabi Principality {q.v.) in Trucial 'Oman.
MAQTA' ( Jazirat-al)—
An island belonging to the Kuwait Principality {q.v.).
MAQTA' (K hor-al)—
Ste Maqta'. ^2

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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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