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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1397] (458/688)

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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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and it is inhabited partly by Jannabah and partly by Al Wahibah. The following
are the principal points of interest :■—
E as Jibsh
31 miles south-south
west of Lash-
A small sandy point
having over it a
hill 100 feet high
covered with white
drift sand.
Quran ..
Has Shaiblah
Ras Mishayu
Some distance below
25 miles south-west
of Ras Jibsh.
25 miles south-south
west of Sharkh and
18 miles north of
Masirah island.
49 miles
of Ras
Village of 5 huts ..
Village of 20 huts
A low rocky point
with a village, also
called Shaiblah, 1
mile inland of it.
A low sandy point
R emarks.
A small village of 15
huts of Jannabah
called Jibsh, invisi
ble from the sea,
stands on the south
west slope of the hill.
The houses are built
of midribs of date
leaves and the situ
ation is so exposed
that fuel is kept in
nets attached to the
houses to prevent its
being blown away.
The people live on
fish and on dates and
rice which they pur
chase with fish, and
they own 1 badan, 8
fishing boats, 4 don
keys and 70 sheep
and goats.
There are 3 fishing
boats and 20 sheep
and goats.
The people have 7
fishing boats and 40
sheep and goats.
The village, consist
ing of 20 huts,
situated among white
sand-hills; the in
habitants are Al
Wahibah. 10 badans
and 300 sheep and
goats are owned
The whole of Batain from Ras Jibsh to Ras Mishayu is low and sandy except a stretch
of a few miles to the north of Shaiblah ; towards the south end it is covered with shrubs
and bushes. Masirah island which lies off this part of the coast is described under its
own name.

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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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