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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1220] (269/688)

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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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An alternative name for Khan Maqdam {q. v.) in 'Iraq.
A deep, narrow and tortuous valley of the Masqat District of the 'Oman Sultanate;
it is formed by the junction 9 miles wet of Quryat of Wadi Sarain and Wadi Haithadb
and it reaches the coast at the north end of Quryat. Its principal village is Sawaqim
a pretty hamlet of 20 houses of Al Bu Sa'ri on the right bank about 8 miles above
Quryatj where there is a date-plantation and country-house belonging to Sa'id-bin-Khal-
fan, Al Bu Sa'.di. Not far from it, in the hiMs to the southward, are two other small
places, Mizra' Sumair 20 houses of Bani Wahaib, and Mizra' Balail 15 houses of Bani
Wahaib : the inhabitants are cultivators.
The two valleys which by their junction from Wadi Mijlas may conveniently be dis
posed of here. Wadi Haithadh is short and comes from the north : it contains the
villages of Haithadh (30 houses), Fayadh (20 houses), and Haifal (15 houses), all of Bani
Wahaib, who cultivate grain. The other valley, Wadi Sarain starts more than 20 miles
west of its junction with Wadi Haithadh; at its head is 'Aqabat Saif or Manqal over
which a route leads into Wadi Taym. Wadi Sarain contains the following villages :—
3 miles north
40 houses of Bani
east of 'Aqabat
Saif in a left-
bank tributary

of Wadi Sarain.
Sal if ah
6 miles below
Right ..
30 houses of Bani
r Aqabat Saif.
Qabil 'Ali-bin-
9 miles below Sali-
60 houses of
1 mile below Qabil
150 houses of
Village consists of
Bani Na'ab and
two parts called
Bani Khazam the
al-'AluwIyah and
latter 70 houses).
al-Hadriyah. The
people are cloth-
1 mile below Sly a
30 houses of Bani
The people are
Wahaib of the
Jaradinah sec
tion and a few
Bani Khazam.
Adjoins 'Arqi
Do. ..
25 houses of
The people are
Bani Wahaib.
3 miles below
60 houses of Bani
The people are
Bulidah and 1
Wahaib and a
above the junc
few Bani
tion with Wadi
In Wadi Sarain there is some cultivation of grain, but livestock is scanty.
The fixed population of Wadi Mijlas and its affluents appears to be about 2,600 souls.

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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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