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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1452] (525/688)

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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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1452 QAF—QAH
QAFAIYIR (Falaij Bin)—
An unimportant settlement in Wadi Hatta {q.v.), in the 'Oman Sultanate.
Frequently pronounced Gufar or Jifar; the second town in importance in Jabal
Shammar proper, hardly inferior (if it is not equal) to the capital in population. Qaf^r
is situated about 9 miles south-west of Hail, than which it stands about 400 feet higher •
it consists of two main parts and there are 4 distinct quarters. The place with its
cultivated fields and date-groves stretches some 2^ miles ; palms are more numerous than
at Hail itself. The people are Bani Tamim and number 3,000 souls or more. This'is
the westernmost point between Hail and Taymah where women are seen veiled. The
wells are said to be 15 to 18 fathoms in depth, and there are the usual livestock.
QAH (K hor U mm-al)—
A well of bad water in Habl {q.v.), in the Hasa district of eastern Arabia.
The ^ame by which the fort at Ta'iz, {q.v.), in Yemen, is generally known.
A clan of the Na'im tribe {q.v.), of eastern Arabia and belong to one of the sub -divisions
found in Bahrain and Qatar.
A low hill in the Kuwait Principality, situated about 8 miles to the west-south-west of
'Arfajiyah, on the Khor-as-Sabiyah.—(Femcm Gulf Gazetteer.)
QAHFI (W adi)—
A valley in the Mahadhah {q, v.) plain of the 'Oman Promontory.
QAHID (W adi)—
A tributary of Wadi-ar-Rummah {q. v.), in central Arabia.
The singular is Qahtani; and, as distinguished from the collective plural Qahtan
there is a distributive plural Qahatin.
The Qahtan are almost the only very ancient Arabian people who still maintain their
importance as a tribal unit. They are, according to Arab tradition, the mother stock
of the Ahl Qibli, and it is not improbable that for a very long period of time they may
have occupied their present district near the southern limits of the habitable desert.
No travellers have penetrated into their country and little is known about them. Strange,
and seemingly quite baseless, accounts of their customs are repeated among the nor
thern tribes, for like all distant and unknown people, they are a peg on which to hang
Distribution and -Their country lies to the west of Hautah and is divided into
three districts, Al Hasat, Al Areyji and Tathlith, the last being near Asir. The Shahran
and the Sbey lie to the west, the Dawasir to the south and south-west, the Bugum and
Shalawa to the north. Somewhere north of Bisha is the Bilad Qahtan, with a group of
villages known as the Qahtaniyeh (Tarid, Azim and Kiran are among their number)
and the Beni Wahab villages inhabited by a small tribe of that name.
The eastern, southrn and western limits of the territory of the Qahtan are not precisely
ascertained ; but on the north they wander in Sadair and Washam; sometimes they dispute
the pastures of Qasim with the Mutair or visit the districts of 'Aridh and Summan. They
are believed to be numerous in Wadi Sabai', Wadi Bishah and Wadi Tathlith and to be
found also m the Tihamah of the Red Sea basin; but in Widyan Dawasir they have no
place, ihe distribution of their Bedouins is explained in greater detail in the table of
tribal divisions below; and we may note that settled communities of reputed Qahtani
blood are found in the south-western part of Najd at Quwai'iyah and Sha'arah ; in Qasim
at Basr and Hatan ; in Sadair at Majma', Raudhah and Zilfi; in 'Aridh at Malqa and

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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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