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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1312] (361/688)

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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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MURRAH (B ani)— v ,
One of the nomad fendies of the Bani Shatair division of the Shihuh tribe {q. v.) of the
'Oman Promontory.
MURRI— . . . f .
A hamlet in Wadi Bani Ghafir {q. v.) in the Western Hajar District of the Oman
A village in Wadi Samail {q. v.) in the 'Oman Sultanate.
Some wells in Hushum {q. v.) in the Riyadh tract of the Hasa District, Eastern
A village in the Waidhat district {q. v.) of Yemen, South-Westorn Arabia.
An alternative name for the Hadd creek at Fao {q. v.),
MUSA (A ulad)—
A section of the settled 'Awamir {q. v.) of 'Oman Proper.
MUSA (Bm)—
An ancient well, in the Sinai Peninsula, half an hour's ride eastward from Ham in am
Musa and 4 miles from Tur, on the Gulf of Suez. It is a fine old work, luilt round and
domed over with roughly squared stones, very like what may be seen in some rustic
parts of southern England.— [Biirton.)
MUSA (Hammam)—
A warm spring in the SinaPeninsula, two or three miles northward from Tur, on the
Gulf of Suez. The cistern is in the inner room of a bungalow built in a narrow strip of
date plantation and garden, the whole being surrounded by a ruinous mud wall. The
water is about 4 feet deep, warm in winter, cool in summer, of a saltish-bitter taste,
but celebrated from its invigorating qualities.— {Burton.)
MUSA (Bu)—
In English formerly called ' r Bomosa." An island in the Persian^Oulf, lying about SO
miles north-west of Sharjah in Trucial 'Oman, or a few miles nearer to that town than
to that of lingeh in Persia and situated slightly to the west of a line joining those
places. In shape it is nearly rectangular and lies with its corners approximately to the
cardinal points ; its extent is about 3 miles diagonally between opposite comers. The
island is low and consists of great sweeps of sandy plain covered with tussocks of dry
grass but without trees ; it carries however some isolated hills of dark, volcanic appear
ance, and a sugar-loaf peak, somewhat to the north of the centre, attains a height of 360
feet. Bu Musa is surrounded by fairly deep water and is a common place ot
refuge for native boats in bad weather. There is good drinkingwater in about 20 we Is,
also a plantation of about 150 date trees which is said to belong to the Shaikh of Sharjah.
The permanent population consists of above 20 households of Sudan from the village o
Khan is Sharjah, all of whom are fishermen and live in huts and mud houses. T e y
are reported to own 4 camels, 60 donkeys, 40 cattle, 200 sheep and goats, 7 pear ing
boats and 5 fishing boats ; and their provisions are obtained from Lingeh. There is a so
a shifting population of persons from the Sharjah coast who come to fish, or bring anima s
for grazing on the island ; but of late years their numbers have been fewer than former y
in consequence of failure of pasturage due to want of rain. Some 10 or 15 donkeys aie
kept on the island by the employes of a Persian contractor of Lingeh who has obtaine
from Salim-bin-Sultan, the uncle of the Shaikh of Sharjah, a concession to workdeposi 3
of red oxide of iron that exist on the island. Tho concessionaire pays $250 a year to 0

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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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