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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1361] (416/688)

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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-Eastern District —cofltd.
Taisivah— contd.
. between^ 5
the pilpi® "J
outhwarfs" ;
Aalil® 39 ^
Waqsah (Jal-al') ..
Eubaidah (Darb)
Hazam or Hazam-ar-
Hilit (Jabal)
ravines and ridges with ber and acacia trees, is crossed on tho
route from Kuwait to Mecca between Thamami and Taiyib
Ism ; at its western extremity it lies within the Qasim border
and apparently divides into two prongs, TaisIyat-ash-Sham ally ah
and Taisiyat--al-Janublyah, which adjoin the Fuwailik plain
on its north and south sides respectively.
A scarp somewhat similar to Jal-al-Batn and parallel to it, but
in every way less striking ; it crosses the Darb Zubaidah 20 or
80 miles on the Najaf side of Batn. This Jal is said to have a.
length of about 40 miles and consists of two tiers with an aggre
gate height of 70 feet and with a level space between them 100
yards in extent. The steep face of the scarp is to the south-west.
See article Darb Zubaidah.
iSoiitJh Wtst'rn District.
A village situated 2 days' south-south-west of Rass in Qasim on the
Kuwait-Mecca route. It consists of about 40 mud houses.
Grain and vegetables are grown, but there are no date palm ;
irrigation is from a score of wells with good water at 7 fathoms.
The inhabitants are partly Negroes and partly Arabs of Qasimi
extraction. 'Ataibah, TIarb and Mutair Bedouins all camp in
the neighbourhood of Dhariyah.
A camping ground 50 miles south-south-west of 'Anaizah and 4
or 5 miles eastwards from Jabal Khazaz% There are about 40
wells scattered over a space of 1 or 2 miles ; they contain good
water at about 3 fathoms. At one time Dukhnah was exclusively
occupied by the Mutair, but it subseqMertly passed to the
'Ataibah, whose tribute to the Amir of Jabal Shammar was
collected here in 1884. The Qahtan have been known to visit the
place, and were surprised and severely punished there in 1878 by
the Mutair and the people of 'Anaizah with whom they were
then at feud.
A considerable walled village of Sabai' on the route from Riyadh to
Mecca ; it is situated in the desert about two-thirds of the
way from 'Ayainah in Wadi Hanifah to Jabal-an-Nir and
probably lies about 110 miles south and slightly east of 'Anaizah.
There are date groves and numerous wells with sweet water at 8
A great tract of stony desert of which the eastern border is near
the 'Afif wells ; its extent south -Avestwards from 'Afif is 2 i days
march and its length from north to south is said to exceed its
breadth. It foims a part of the Dirah^ of the 'Ataibah tribe.
According to some authorities, it is identical with Shiffa.
Some hills about 80 miles south-south-west of 'Anaizah on the
route to Mecca. The rocks are said to bear numerous inscrip
tions, which have not yet been examined, and to contain gold.*
*Huber was informed that the clue to the mines was lost. The story now told by native informants is that the
old, in the form of dust, is found in a cavern on the north side of the hills, which the Arabs dare not enter
for fear of meeting with dangerous animals and reptiles.

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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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