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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1318] (367/688)

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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 undulation in the district of Dibdibah (,. v.). in the Kuwait Principality.
S ee Dawasir tribe of Southern Najd, A1 Braik Division.
MCSHA (W adi)—
A valley in Mahadhah (q. v.), in the 'Oman Promontory.
MUSHAB ( Shatt-al-)—
A creek which leaves the old bed of the Euphrates at Mad.nah (g. v.) ■ generally a broad
flow in March and April between there and the new bed. nerauy a broad
SuHanate! ^ Hatta ^ in the Western Hajar District of the 'Oman
A section of the Bani Hakim (Bani Hachaim), one of the rural tribes of 'Iraq (j. v.).
belong chiefly, if not altogether, to the Al Khalid and Al Raz'n sub-sections; they subsist
by fishing and pearl-diving and own, with the people of Jinnah island, about a dozen pearl
boats. Under Turkish rule a detachment of 3 Turkish Dhabitlyahs was quartered on tho
island, which was under the Qaim-Maqam of the Qatif Oasis : they were accommodated
in a mud house, and their sole duty was to fly and look after the Turkish flag. The Shaikh
of the Al Khalid was styled Mudir of the island, and he received from the Turks an allow
ance which he shared, by private arrangement, with the Shaikh of Al Razin; the less
important headmen also, as mentioned in the article on the Bani Khalid tribe, were
stipendiaries of the Porte. The Zakat or revenue payable by the whole community on
Musallamiyah island is 60 Riyals per annum.
MUSALLAMIYAH—(Island and Khor)—
See Musallamiyah.
A settlement near Limah, in the Ruus-al-Jibal District ( ? . v.) of the 'Oman Sultanate.
.. In E^HshJermerly called " Musseldom." An island adjoining the north -eastern
tip of the Kuus-al-Jibal promontory, from which it is separated only by a narrow strait •
it may be considered to mark the entrance of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and to divide that sea from
the Guif of Oman Musandam measures 2 miles in length from north to south and very
little less m breadth across its southern end: its extreme height is 875 feet and it is ore
cipitous almost all round, the only landing places being 3 or 4 small coves on the east side!
Some ruins exist at the north end, built of large blocks of stone without mortar • but a
few herdsmen in charge of goats are generally the only denizens of the island. At its
north end Musandam terminates in a cliff 100 feet high, the celebrated cape Ras
Musandam Not far from Musandam island, on the north and east sides, soundings are
obtamed of 100 fathoms, a depth considerably exceeding anything found within the
Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The strait which separates the island from the main is called Fakk-al-Asad
or Bab ; it is 600 yards wide 24 fathoms deep, clear of obstacles and can easily be passed
by steamers if a good speed is maintained, but in consequence of strong tides and baE
winds it is avoided by Arab vessels except rowing-boats ; the cliffs on either side am
perpendicuiar resembling door-posts. A pillar of rock called Kachalu 100 feet hich
2 n ca S A a north - north - eaiit of R** Musandam with a clear passage'betwecn it and
Ghlrbi Cality 0n the right bank 0f the Tigria (? - ^ between Shaikh Sa'ad and 'Ali-al-

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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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