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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1249] (298/688)

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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 village in 'Oman Proper {q. t'. )•
A powerful Arab tribe of which the ruling Shaikh of Muhammarah is the head in
Southern 'Arabistan.
Distribution.—The headquarters of the tribe are in Persian territory, and a majority of
the Muhaisin are probably Persian subjects ; but they also occur in large, and perhaps not
much inferior numbers in 'Iraq.
In Persia the Muhaisin occupy all that part of the Muhammareh District which lies
north and west of the Karun and they are found in some of the northern and eastern
villages of 'Abbadan island to the south of it; they also extend up the banks of the
Karun into the Ahwaz District, where there principal settlements are Maqtu', Khifi,
Milaihan, Moran, Farsiyat, Isma'ili, Chimaiyan, Qajanyeh, Dr slyeh, Nathareh and
Salaihawiyeh, but of these only Milaihan, Isma'ili and Qajaryeh are occupied at other
seasons than those of cereal cultivation.
In 'Iraq the Muhaiain are settled upon the Shatt-al-'Arab, chiefly below Basrah, their
principal places on the left bank beiug Mohlyah, Kut Ghadhban, K.ut-ash-Shaikh,Kufe
Suwadi, Dahai m at - a I - KabTr, Dahaimat-as-Saghir, Kut-as-Sinni, Daghaimat, Nahr
Jasim Da'aiji and Kharnublyah, and, on the right bank, Mahaulat-az- Zahair, Hamdan,
Hamdan-as-Saghir and Abul Hamad: above Basrah there are Muhaisin at Kataiban
and possibly at other placea •
Divisions and numbers.— The following are the principal sections of the Muhaisin, in
Persian territory, with some particulars concerning them '
Name of section.
'Aryadh (Ahl-al-)
Places at which fotmd.
At 1 Aryadh on the Abu Jidi'
canal above Fail "yoh ;
also at Rumais on the
north, and 'Aradhiyeh on
the west side of 'Abba-
dan island.
On the east coast of 'Abba-
dan island at Suwainikh-
as-Sadeh, Suwainikh
and Al Bu Hamaid ; on
the west coast of the
same at Al Bu Naji and
'Aruisiyeh, also at Dur-
band on the left bank of
the Shatt-al-'Arab above
its junction with the
On the east side of 'Abba-
dan island at BakhSkh-
at-Tura and Bakhakh ;
on the west side at Man-
yuhi; also on the left
bank of the Bahmanshir
at Kharkhareh,
The section are named after
their settlement at
'Aryadh. Their principal
Shaikh resides at Ruwais.
Not really a section of
the tribe but a collection
of people, some of them
Persians, who have asso
ciated themselves to
gether under the leader
ship of one Bakhakh, a
native of Kharag. The so-
called " Taifat Bakhakh "
is treated by its neighbou
rs as a standing jest.

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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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