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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1198] (247/688)

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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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Masqat Town
At the foot of a bay
which is 1 mile
south of Masqat
In a small bay
miles south
Masqat Town.
miles south
Masqat Town.
Village consisting of
about 250 houses,
mostly of Arabs and
Mawalid, but a
good many of them
Baluchis. The ma
jority work in Mas
qat Town ; the rest
are fishermen.
They own one or
two Badans and
about 30 dugouts.
Village of about 15
houses of mixed
tribes; the people
are fishermen.
A date-plantation
with a few houses of
cultivators and
See article Masqat
The bay is circular
and about 300 yards
in diameter: the
sides of the en
trance are of rock,
within all is pure
sand. Precipitous
hills surround the
village on the land-
ward side. The
houses are mostly
reed and mat cabins;
some have upper
storeys of reed and
mat. Some dates
are interspersed
with the houses and
lucerne is grown at
the south end, where
are the wells sup
plying all the drink
ing water. At this
end are two good
country houses, one
of which belongs to
a Masqat Hindu.
There are 10 don
keys, 20 cattle, 40
sheep and goats and
about 700 dates
trees. Some of the
dates are the private
property of Saiyid
Taimur, the present
Sultan of 'Oman.
The quarantine sta
tion of the Masqat
port is here. There
are 7 fishing boats
and a few sheep
and goats, also 20
date trees.
This is an estate be
longing to Saiyid
Muhammad, a rela
tive of the present
Sultan of 'Oman. A
rocky islet called
Jazirat Si rah lies a
little off Raudhah

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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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