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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1309] (358/688)

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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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MUR (Ahl)—
A small tribe in Yemen, inhabiting the villages of Murand Ghurzah, in Wadi Mur.
Their sections and shaikhs are said to be as follows :—

Bani Hilal
'Umr Hilal.
Bani Mahdi
Maqbul Bin Ahmad.
Al Jabali
'Abdullah Hadi.
Yahiyah 'Abdul Latif.
MUR )A l)—
A hamlet in Hejaz, 45 miles from Al-Wajj on the route to Al-'AIi.
MUR (Wadi)—
An important valley in Yemen ; it issues from the hills near the village of Raighah
and meets the sea, some 30 miles lower down, in the bight to the northward of Lahiyah.
Near Raighah it is joined by Wadi La'a Avhich comes in on the left bank ; both are
perennial streams with several branches rising in the highlands to the east. There is
said to be always running water in Wadi Mur up to a point a few miles ea«t of Zohrah
and a large area of cultivation on both banks is irrigated by its flood water. The
principal places in the valley are Zohrah and Mur, on the north and south sides
respectively, and about three miles apart. Roads lead from Zohrah north through
Wayidat and the Bani Abs country to Maidi, about 60 miles ; east up the valley to
Hajjah, about 40 miles, a difficult hill road ; and south through Zaidiyah to Hodaidah,
about 75 miles.
Wadi Mur receives a right-bank tributary, called Wadi Juwa, near the hamlet of
Humasiyah, 12 or 14 miles from the sea.
The estimated number of fighting men at Mur is 800 and in the independent villages
north of W T adi Mur, 1,600 ; the total population is four times these figures.
{Wauhope, 1915.)
One of the Jiblan fendies of the Mutair tribe (q. v.) of Central Arabia.
A small village in the Mudhnib District situated about 45 or 48 miles south-south-east
from Buraidah. It contains from 200 to 300 inhabitants, and possesses some scattered
date gardens with qasrs. Water is from jalihs ; there is good grass here after rain.—
(Leachman, 1912.)
A settlement, or at any rate a camping ground, in Wadi Tathlith {q. v.), between Wadi
Sabai' and Najran, or possibly somewhat further to the east, south-westwards from
Widyan Dawasir.
MURABBA' (B ubj-al)—
One of the numerous blockhouses round Masqat {q. v.), town.
MURABBA' (B urj-al)—
A fort at Sur {q. v.) on the Eastern Hajar coast of the 'Oman Sultanate.

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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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