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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1339] (394/688)

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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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naid (5
ieias ^
toifli f
Shamlan (Jabal) .,
Sinman (Umm) .,
Subhan (Khabb) ..
Tarblyah (spelling
Trubah ..
Zarud (Shamat-az).
15 miles north-north
east of Trubah.
1 mile west of Jub-
At the south-south
east end of Windi
15 miles east of Hai-
50 miles north-east
of Baqa'a, in the
Madhhur tract of
the Nafud.
About 40 miles west
by north of Hail.
Extends from Sham-
ah on the north-wost
to Khabb Subhan
on the south-east.
Between Ardh-al-
Madhhur and Al-
A solitary hill of some height forming a
landmark in the Nafud.
A remarkable hill rising about 1,200 feet
above the level of the surrounding
pUin ; it is almost perpendicular on the
west and very steep on the east side.
The summit is very narrow ; from it
the higher point of 'Alam-an-Nafud is
visible. Many of the rocks at the base
of Umm Sinman bear Himyaritic in
scriptions. The name suggests a re
semblance to the hump of a camel.
A portion of the Nafud of small extent.
An enclosure with 2 wells and a dozen in
There are 2 wells of moderately good water;
they are 30 feet deep. The surround
ings are extraordinarily arid, consist
ing of stony desert with patches of
sand ; the sub-soil is a conglomerate of
quartz, flints and calcareous stones.
Trubah is a stage on the Hail-Najaf
road and is protected by a fortlet with
walls 20 feet high and corner-towers.
It was built by the Amir Mata'ab and
is held by a garrison of several men.
Southern Shammar camp in the desert
A village in the Nafud with a population of
of 100 souls at the most ; a few corn
fields and ithl trees, but no palms.
Three long, low, parallel sand-ridges reach
ing for 30 miles but only a few miles
broad. They are separated from Lazzam
to the south-west of them by a narrow
A narrow, stony plain.
The following description of the Nafud brings out some additional information ;—
A.-—T he Northern Nafud.
The Northern Nafud is a wilderness of deep sand, which separates the Syrian desert
from Jebel Shammar. It extends about 140 miles from north to south and about 180

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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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