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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1458] (531/688)

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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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1458 qal—qal
Some wells in the Jafurah desert {q. v.) in eastern Arabia.
A Bedouin camping ground in the interior of Qatar {q. v.), eastern Arabia.
A group of wells in the Qra'ah tract {q. v.) of the Kuwait Principality.
One of the quarters of the large and scattered village of Paid {q. v.), in Jabal Sham mar,
central Arabia.
_ A Vllla g e o n the north-east coast of Muharraq Island in Bahrain. It consists of about
mud and reed huts with two good masonry houses, of which the one nearest to the sea
resembles a square tower and is a good mark for mariners. On the ground near the
square house lie three old iron guns, relics of former times but of uncertain origin. The
inhabitants of Qalali are all Sunnis, chiefly of the Manana'ah tribe (100 houses), engaged
in peail-dealing, pearl-diving and sea-fishing. About 60 sailing vessels belong to the
\ illage, viz., 55 Shu'ais and Sambuks and 4 Mashuwahs and jollyboats ; out of these 21
are used for pearling. There are ro dates nor cultivation : livestock are 12 donkeys and
2 cattle. The islet and spring of Jurdil ie off Qalali.
QALAM (B ait-al)—
One of the tribes of the 'Oman Sultanate {q. v.) of which the faction is indeterminate or
has not been ascertained. There are a few househoods of Bait-al-Qalam at Murbat, in
Dhufar, southern Arabia.
One of the quarters of the town of Dohah {q. v.), the chief town of Qatar, eastern Arabia.
Before the explulsion from Qatar in 1913 the Turks used to call this quarter Qasr Kuna-
rah. It was in this suburb of Dohah that the Turkish troops used to be quartered
hence the name Qal'at-al-'Askar. '
QALBI ('Ain-al ; also Ardh-al)—
See Ma'an.
Or Kalhat (q.v.) ; a village on the coast of the 'Oman Sultanate.
QALIDDI* (Wadi-al)—
The name also appears in the forms Al-Qaldi and Liqladdi. A valley in the hills of
the Oman Promontory withm the limits of the Shaikhdom of Sharjah ; the route from
lias-al-Khaimah Town to Dibah lies up it. The pass from which Wadi-al-Qaliddi
apparently descends in a west-north-westerly direction to the neighbourhood of Khatt
in the J in plain seems to form the watershed between the two coasts and to be situated
about 11 miles m a straight line to the west-north-west of Dibah ; and the Qaliddi hill,
and KhS y I,am<! ' iS Said t0 0ce,,r ab ° ut
•Thb valley is shown in the map Route of Lieutemnt-Colonel Herbert DuUrouie, etc., 1865. "

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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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