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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1327] (376/688)

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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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A section of the Muhaisin tribe (g. v.).
A section of the Al Wahibah tribe {q. v.) of the Sharqiyah and Ja'alan districts of the
'Oman Sultanate.
A section of the 'Anaizah tribe {q. v.) who are variously described as belonging to the
Hilban and to the Saba'ah. Their circuit is in the neighbourhood of Madain Salih.
The Muwahib used to share with the Fuqarah the rights to receive surrah and to be
Hajj carriers of Qal'at-al-Akhdhar. They are now a small community.
A Bedouin camping ground, with wells, in Biyadh (VI) {q. v.), in Hasa, eastern
A watering place, in Trucial 'Oman, some 50 miles eastward of Abu Dhabi on the
route to the Baraimi oasis. There are half-a-dozen shallow holes in the bed of a ravine
or indentation between the sand hills. The water is soon exhausted and one has to
wait till th* holes refill. The supply could be increased by digging more holes.— [Cox,
May and June, 1902.)
Some wells in Trucial 'Oman not far from Umm-al-Qaiwain on the route to Fuiai-
A group of wells in Najd, on the route between Riyadh and Mecca, and situated
about 340 or 350 miles west-south-west from the former town. There are many wells
at Muwaih Hakran and they contain drinkable water at about 2 fathoms ; they are
situated in a saline bay in the eastern face of Harrat Qishab. The altitude is probably
about 3,750 feet above sea-level. Two days' supply of water must be taken from this
place by caravans going west. This part of the route is said to be infested with
thieves. Doughty calls this place Ameah Hakran, or Shi'ab-al-Ma ; the former would
seem a corruption of Miyah Hakran, or Hakra:i waters.
Or Mwaiji; a sub-division of the 'Awazim {q. r.) Bedouins of Kuwait.
A village and fortress on the coast of the Red Sea, about midway between Tor, in
Sinai, and Al-Wajj, containing a small grain-depot for pilgrims and a Bedouin market.
The village consists of some seventy or eighty families most of them dwelling in palm-
leaf huts ; there are a few stone houses, and some gardens and date-groves. The water-
supply is from shallow wells, and is abundant but not always good. Sheep are obtain
able, and charcoal is extensively burnt from acacia-trees in the neighbourhood. A
small Turkish garrison protects the place. The coast is low, but gradually rises inland
to hills of great height. There is no harbour but merely a roadstead behind coral reefs
where a vessel might anchor in light winds ; but the approaches are dangerous. Good
shelter may be obtained at Sharm Yuhar, an inlet about 4 miles S. of Muwailah. There
is a caravan-route from Muwailah to Tabuk and thence to Al-Madinah.
A hamlet in Bahrain Island {q. v.). It is also the name of a spring near the hamlet.
A tract in the Rahabah Nahiyah of the Najaf Qadha (g. v.).

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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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