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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1463] (536/688)

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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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QARA (A L).—
See Fuwwah.
A village in Qasim {q, h.), central Arabia.
A low plateau in the Dibdibah district {q. v^), of the Kuwait Principality, norths
eastern Arabia.
A Bedouin camping ground in the interior of Qatar {q. v.), eastern Arabia.
A section of the Shammar Toqah {q. v.), tribe of 'Iiaq.
A black, flinty, waterless plain in Hejaz, lying to the north-north-west of Mecca. It
is traversed by the coastal route between the Haramain and lies between the gravelly
plain of Al-Barkah (on the right bank of Wadi Laimun) and the wooded 'Asfan valley.
This makes its centre about 36 or 38 miles by road from Mecca. At a distance of 6 or 8
miles south of Bir 'Asfan there is a ruined building called Sabll-al-Qa'rah by the side
of which is a filled up well.
A village in northern central Arabia near the town of Jauf-al'Umr {q. v.).
A village, with a hill of the same name rising immediately to the south-east of it, in
the Hasa oasis {q. v.), in eastern Arabia.
A black, flinty plain, with low hills at a great distance to the east, situated to the north
west of Mecca at a distance of 7 hours from the point in Wadi Fatimah where that valley
is crossed by the route between Mecca and Al-Madinah, via 'Asfan and Rabigh. Al-
Qa'rah, which resembles a Nubian desert, is bounded on the south by another plain
called Al-Barqa, and on the north by the wooded valley of 'Asfan. It bears a few thorny
trees, but affords no water.
Three hours further along the road towards Al-Madinah there is a ruined buildings
called Sabil-al-Qa'rah,* where a well, now filled up, formerly supplied travellers with
water. The plain, which hereabouts is overgrown with some trees and thick shrubs,
takes altogether six hours to traverse.— {Burckhardt, January, 1815.)
A coastal tract in Eastern Arabia which may perhaps be reckoned as included in the
Sanjaq of Hasa. It reaches from Ras-as-Sufairah on the north to the bottom of Dohat-
as-Salwa on the south, a distance of about 36 miles ; and inland it extends to a depth of
about 12 miles. Upon the coast it meets Barr-al-'Oqair to the north, and Qatar to the
south of it; and inland, in all directions, it merges in the Jafurah desert. Some
authorities would even make Barr-al-Qarah a part of Jafurah.
♦Burckhardt defines a sabll as a small, open building, often found by the side of springs ; in these salils trav
ellers pray and take their repose.

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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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