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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1216] (265/688)

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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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{([.v.), in the bay between Abu
Ste Midi.
A remarkable indentation in the island of Yas
Dhabi and Qatar, Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
A group of wells in north-western Arabia, situated about 130 miles north-west by
north from Tayma oasis and 75 miles north-east from Tabuk, on the Hejaz railway.
These wells contain good water, but of a very red colour ; it is not far below the surface
and there are many wells pits. When Carruthers visited these wells in the spring of 1909,
some two or three thousand camels of the Shararat tribe were driven in to be watered
which points to an abundant supply of water . Doughty mentions Mghairah as being
a stage on the old Haj j camel-post route between Damascus and Madain Salih before the
Hejaz railway was opened.
Some fresh water wells about 50 miles from the town of Kuwait on the route to
Qasr-as-Sabiyah, and only about 9 miles short of the latter place.
A conspicuous cone-shaped peak in the Zor district {q.v.) of the Kuwait Principality
and situated about 2 miles north of the Mghairah wells.
A small village on the Shatt-al-Gharaf {q.v.) in 'Iraq. This village gave its name to a
Nahiyah of the Hai Qadha {q.v.), and was formerly the seat of a Mudir.
A village in the valley of the same name {q .v.) in the 'Oman Sultanate.
MI'AIDIN (WA. di)—
The principal valley in the southern slopes of Jabal Akhdhar in the Sultanate of 'Oman )
it drains to 'Oman Proper. At its head is the village of Sharaijah : 3,000 feet lower is the
village of Musairah, chiefly remarkable for the possession of a date-grove at an unusual
elevation ; it consists of 200 houses of the Habus tribe. Below Musairah is Mi'aidin,
a pretty village under a cliff, well-watered and possessed of date, lime and other trees ;
it is composed of 30 houses of Habus. A small hamlet called Misfah is 3 miles below
Mi aidin near it the banks of the Wadi begin to recede and decrease in height and
vegetation grows more abundant as the exist from the hills is approached ; Misfah con-
tains 40 houses of Habus. The crops in the villages are wheat, sugarcane and lucerne;
and graps, figs, quinces, limes and pomegranates are grown. The only animals are a
score of cattle. In the plain of 'Oman Proper Wadi Mi'aidin passes Birkat-al-M6z, and
further on it probably joins Wadi Halfain. The descent into the upper part of the val
ley fiom Sharaijah is accomplished by means of an artifical causeway or staircase
which is practicable for horses. The valley contains 3 small but perennial streams.
The banks of the Wadi exhibit a dark-bluish veined limestone and a very brittle ferru
ginous shale. . . f ■
v ,!< n t fx -t ;'.f / ■ »ir •
PrMcltS ^ tW0 0r inc0nsiderable hills in the 'Adan tract {q.v.) of the Kuwait
• ' 'A ■> fl M ' •
MI'AIJIL (D hula'al)—^ 1 ' '
tt .^ r i £ \ r ! ge 0 f 1 low hdisinthe Kuwait Principality running east and west between the
tot m U , r o 1Ct and the SMah wellls ^ Summan. The range is
reported to have a lengh of some 30 miles, and the district of Dibdibah, Summan and

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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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