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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1325] (374/688)

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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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themselves as Hanabilah. About 1878 the relations of the Mutair with Ibn Rashid were
friendly deputations of the tribe used to visit Hail with gifts ; bnt they were not then
subject to him and never became so. In Qaslm their disposition at the same period was
hostile towards the Qahtan tribe and the town of Buraidah, and amicable towards the town
of 'Anaizah. In the long struggle between the Wahhabi and Shammar Amirs a large
majority of the tribe, as already noted above, adopted the side of the southern stato
and shared in its final victory. The alliance which subsisted between Ibn Sa'ud and
the Shaikh of Kuwait during the war brought by the Mutair into closer relations than
before with that north-eastern seaport. By arrangement with Ibn Sa'ud the Shaikh
of Kuwait now collects on his own behalf from all of the tribe in his territories, and pos
sibly from some of those beyond it, a tribute or Zakat at the rate of $1 annually
on every 100 sheep and the same on every 5 camels. The Kuwait tax-gatherer or
Muzakki, at present a native of Buraidah, visits the watering-places of the tribe with
30 or 40 followers, numbers the animals and collects the amount due from all owners
except headmen ; he then pays a share of the proceeds to the principal Shaikhs of the
tribe and conveys the remainder to his master at Kuwait. There is also a matrimonial
alliance between the Mutair and Kuwait. The Shaikh of Kuwait has espoused a daughter
of Fahad-al-Askah, one of the Dawlsh Shaikhs, and has appointed his fort at Jahrah
as her residence.
The Mutair, as befits allies of Kuwait, are well armed with breech-loaders, and it is
estimated that every fifth fighting man now possesses a Martini rifle or Sama'ah, as
that pattern is called. The best rifles cost $100. Among the Mutair are smiths who
are accustomed to repair modern weapons. Matchlocks are now entirely out of date,
See 'Anaizah tribe; Dahamishah sub-division of the 'Amarat. This clan must not
be confused with the great Mutair tribe of Central Arabia.
See 'Anaizah tribe ; Hilban sub-division of the 'Amarat. This clan must not be con
fused with the Dahamishah fendy of the same tribe, nor with the great Mutair tribe of
Central Arabia.
MUTAIR (A twal-al)—
A line of wells near Hafar {q. v.), in the Batin, north-eastern Arabia.
MUTAIR (B ani)—
A halting place in Hejaz, on the inland route between Mecca and Al-Madlnah. It is
situated in a bare plain and no details are available regarding the water supply. There
are no habitations here and the place derives its name from its being within the dirah
of the Bani Mutair.
A station on the Hejaz Railway, 561J miles from Damascus. It is situated at an al
titude of 3,640 feet above sea-level.
A well in the Zor District {q. v.), of the Kuwait Principality and situated about 6 or 7
miles from Jahrah.
• A village in the Husaini District {q. v.), of Yemen, apparently situated some 30 miles
or more to the north-east of Jaizan, on the Wadi Sabiyah. The name is perhaps, more
correctly, Mu'taridh.
MU'TARIDH (F alaj-al)—
An ancient stone aqueduct, on the Batinah coast of the 'Oman Sultanate, which once
brought water a distance of 14 or 15 miles from Wadi al-Jizi (near Hurah Barghah) to
Sohar town {q. v.); the remains are still traceable for the greater part of the way.

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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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