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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1351] (406/688)

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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 suburb of Manamah {q-v.), Bahrain.
A settlement in 'Iraq, situated about 18 miles by road westward from Bghailah on the
Tigris. Three miles north of Naimah is a deep hor with water throughout the year.
An old-fashioned name for Karbala {q.v.) in 'Iraq.
A section of the 'Anafijeh tribe {q.v.) of southern 'Arabistan.
An island off the coast of Trucial 'Oman ; it is near Has Mashairib and some 16 or 17
sea miles northward of D5hat-as-Sila', in Mijan. It is a low sandy islet less than half a
a mile long and very narrow, with stunted tufts of grass. It lies on the south-western
edge of a great reef, which appears to join that extending northwards from the Yasat
Islands. There are a few graves on the island, probably of fishermen, and several
detach sd rocks lie off its northern end.
The soundings in the bay, southward of Naitah and westward of Yasat, are uneven,
with overfalls of 3 or 4 fathoms ; the bottom in the deeper parts is mud and elsewhere rock
or sand. *
Naitah Strait, in Latitude 24" 17' N., Longitude 51" 27' E., is 3^ miles long and 6 cables
wide, with a least depth of about 4 fathoms ; it is the only known navigable channel lead
ing northward.— { 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. Pilot.)
NAJ A' (al)—
One of the Al Ma'idh fendies of the 'Ajman tribe {q.v.) of Eastern Arabia.
A division of the Karbala Sanjaq of the Baghdad Wilayat in 'Iraq.
Position and boundaries. —The Qadha of Najaf is situated on the Shatt-al-Hindlyah
in its lower reaches, chiefly on the western side ; it is bounded by the Qadhas of Karbala
and Hindlyah on the north, by that of Shamiyah on the east, and by the Sham'yah desert
on the south and west.
Topography and inhabitants. —The only town which the Qadha contains is that of Najaf,
elsewhere described ; the only fixed village of any size is Rahabah, the seat of a Mudir,
which is situated nearly 20 miles south of Najaf Town on the western verge of cultiva
tion and at the beginning of the Shamlyah desert. Rahabah is a small place
inhabited by sedentary Arabs whose houses are miserable cabins of mud.
The chief physical features of the district are the Bahr-an-Najaf, which is noticed in the
articles on the Shatt-al-Hindiyah and Najaf Town, and part of the Shatt-al-Hindiyah
which flows into it.
Tables follow below of the agricultural tracts and of the tribes of the Najaf Qadha,
by Nahiyahs.
Ndhiyah of Hor-ad-Dukhn.
The names of the tracts in this Nahiyah, which is situated between Kifl and ths
Shamiyah Qadha, have not been ascertained. The principal tribe are Ban! Hasan of
the following sections :—
'Abbas. Hadari (Al Bu).
'Adhaib (Al Bu). Hawatim.
'Aradhi (Al Bu). Majatin.
There are also some of the Mawash tribe who are intimately connected with the Bani
The Hor-ad-Dukhn tract is intersected by a canal which leaves the Hindiyah (left bank)
under the name of Abu Shurah, a little below Kifl and goes first to the eastward ; it
then assumes the same of Abu Kufuf and circling round to southward eventually rejoins

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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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