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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1336] (391/688)

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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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Begins a few miles
south-east of the
Sha'aibah wells and
extends south-east
wards for 20 or 30
A long narrow tract forming part of the
Nafud between Shamah and Qaslm.
Three hours north of

A watering-place with 30 wells of sweet
water at 8 fathoms ; it is situated in the
tract of the Nafud known as Madhhur.
The part of the Xafud
nearest to Jauf-al-
A high and extensive plain of fine sand
with protruding rocks; it is the first
obstacle to be surmounted on the way
from Jauf-al-'Umr to Hail.
Bittah (Al)
South of Shamat-az-
Seven strips of sand coming from the
Dahanah ; they rise 150 feet above the
plain and are about 1 mile broad.
Between them are gravelly depressions
each about a mile broad. The north
side of each wave is very precipi
tous, rising in successive steps to
the highest point from which it trends
to the south in one long slope. Prevail
ing wind from the south.
Faluq* ..
Commences 30 or 35
miles north-west of
'Alam-an-Nafud and
extends north-west
wards of 15 to 20
The most difficult known part of the Na
fud ; it consists of valleys and scarped
hills which make it difficult for the
traveller to preserve his direction and
render progress tiring. There are
numerous deep Faljs and a quantity of
bushes. The route between Jauf-al-
'Umr and Hail traverses this tract.
Between Hail and
Hazil, about 125
miles north-north
east of the former.
A group of 5 wells containing sweet
water at 25 fathoms. Shammar Be
douins and Saluba encamp here at times
and a small permanent post is maintained
by the Amir of Jabal Shammar for the
protection of the wells.
30 or 40 miles south
east of Jubbah.
A couple of high sand dunes.
•See Huber's Journal d'un voyage en Arabie.
tVon Nolde apparently reached Hail from Jauf-al-'Umr vid Haiyaniyah. In that case Haiyaniyah must
apparently be placed further west (which is difficult, see Wallin and Huber) or the existence of two somewhat
Similar Haiyamyahs must be supposed.
Position of Haiyaniyah 70—100 miles North by West of Hail.
Shakespear (19th April 1914) says. "Haiyaniyah consists of one biir well and a gatr in the K ha brat
Hajyanlyah on the very _ edge of the Xafud. The qasr is of mud with towers at opposite ends of a
diagonal and contains a half-dozen oflbn liashid'^ men who are changed once a year. C. C. IC.

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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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