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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1360] (415/688)

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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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North-Easfern District —contd.
. Batn— conid. . . bottom of the Jal shows signs of strong water action and con
tains some pasture. There are various wells in Batn and its
elevation above the sea is about 1,640 feet. Batn is debatable
land between the Shamrnar and 'Anizah tribes.
Hajarah .. .. A hard stony tract or calcareous desert of great extent^ lying to
the north-east of the Nafud between Hazil on the north-west
and a point considerably beyond the ordinary Xajaf-Hail route
on the south east. On the south. Hajarah is bounded by tho
Kafud and on the north it includes Batn and a considerable
area beyond, approaching to within about 50 miles of Najaf.*
The greater part of Hajarah consists of an unvarying succession
of broad ridges, like waves, alternating with gravelly plains;
not a single hill meets the eye to relieve the monotony or serve .
as a landmark, unless we except the Jal-al Batn and a couple of
small hills called 'Athaman, which are 10 miles north of Batn
on the west side of the Darb Zubaidah. Hajarah is traversed
both by the Darb Zubaidah and b} 7 the Hazil route between
Xajaf and Hail. Shammar and 'Anizah Bedouins camp in it
while pasturage lasts and while there is water in the tanks upon
the Darb.
Hazil .. .. See Article Hazil.
Khadhra (Jabal) .. A solitary hill 2 hours south-west of the Khadhra wells on the
ordinary Xajaf-Hail route. It stands in a depressed tract of
dark soil which covers a large area.
L'nah .. .. Se?. article Linah.
Loqah .. .. A halting place on the direct route from Tauf-al-'Amir to Shabaikh
nn the Darb Zubaidah : it is said to lie 0 hours east of Hazil and
to possess about 25 wells with water, equal in goodness to river
water, at 12 fathoms from the surface. Loqah is used as a
summer camping ground by the Shammar.
Rutha (W adi-ar-) .. A valley which begins between the wells of Lainah and Birkat
Ashshar on the ordinary Najaf-Hail route ; it runs north as far
as Birkat Zibalah on that route, its drainage then dispersing part-
ly northwards to Batn and partly eastwards to Hajarah. The
adi is two or three miles in breadth, and its fall in a courss of
some 25 miles appears to be about 500 feet. The name Rutha h
derived from a plant which grows in the valley and is much prized
as pasture for both camels and horses ; the grazing rights belong
to the Shammar.
A camping ground about 25 miles east of Baqa'a sometimes used
by the Persian Hajj as an intermediate stage between Khadhra
and Qitaiyan near Baqa'a. At one time the pilgrim route
instead of continuing through Hail turned southwards at this
point and ran to Buraidah in Qaslm. Sha'aibah has 30 or 40
"vv el s, 15 to 20 feet deep, of very salt and bitter water; they stand
in a large bare space with hills of white sand to the north of them.
A great plain which extends from the Dahanah on the east into
Qasim on the west. In eastern end, which is diversified by
TaisTyah ..

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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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