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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1287] (336/688)

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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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Qata* al Buti .. | Pastoral and agricultural. (^ ot to be
confused with the tribe of the same
| name on the Tigris with whom they
have no political connection though
they are almost certainly of one origin.)
Evil reputation. They were formerly
Ma'dan in all probability. Their
methods of fighting bring them into
disrepute even among their not over par
ticular neighbours, llefused to allow
Saiyids sent for the purpose to bury our
dead after the Butniyah fight early in
1916. The authority of Qata' al Buti
is not recognised by any of the sub-
tribes except the Al Bu Nasir. No
Shaikh among them has any real
authoritv. Good fighting men. They
say they are from Najd and claim des
cent from one A zraq -ash-Shami. Pos
sibly comparatively recent comers
to the Gharaf and adopted methods of
frightfulness in order to establish their
position. Many members of the tribe
migrate to other tribes in search of a
livelihood. The Hawalah and Humai-
rah joined the tribes against us in Feb
ruary 1916 and were selected for punish
ment. The Humairah are wholly in
nocent of morals. The Khudhair used
to be the ruling section but are now
almost extinct. They do not recog
nize the authority of Qata'. i>hirb
connected with the attack on us in Feb
ruary 1916. Most of the Al Bu Yusuf
have migrated to the Mujarrah and to
Kut in search of water.
On the occasion of the withdrawal of Gen
eral Brooking's force to Nasirlyah from
camp at Butaniyah (12 miles to the north)
on 7th February 1916, the 'Azairij
and Khafajah, who had in the past
professed friendly feelings towards us,
shewed their hands by a treacherous
attack on the retiring British force, in
combination with the 'Abudah of
Khavyun-al-'Ubaid and with other
hostile tribes of the Shatt-al-Hai.
Prompt retribution was dealt out to
the Azairij in a punitive expedition on
the 9th March, and subsequent minor
operations have been successfully car
ried out both by land and water against
these and other ill-conditioned sections
inhabiting the neighbourhood.
ButnTyah district, N.
of Nasinyah.
Hawdlah, Al Bu
Bumairah, Al Bu
Nasir, Al BQ
Sahldn, As
Wutaiwat, Al Bu
Yusuf, Al Bfl
No paramount
Ruwaidhi al Busha-
Qata' al Buti
No paramount
Naif al-'Abdullah .,

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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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