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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1480] (553/688)

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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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1480 .
Quwai 'ah
2 imles north-west
of Buraidah.
4 miles south by west
of Buraidah in the
same hollow as
Khabb and Huwai-
lan, to the south of
the latter.
45 miles north-west
by north of Burai
2 miles west of Bu
24 miles north-west
of 'Ayun; Quwarah
is the nearest the
village in Qaslm to
the Jabal Shammar
frontier. Height
above the sea is
about 2,640 feet.
15 houses of Harb
scattered among
date groves.
60 houses of Bani
Khalid or perhaps
of 'Anizah. There
are also outlying
houses among the
20 houses of 'Atai-
bah, Dawasir and
Harb ; others also
are sca ttered among
the plantations.
70 houses of mixed
Arabs, noted for
their indolence and
There are a number of
small date plantations
and a little cultivation
of wheat. There is
good water in wells at
5 fathoms.
The date plantations
extend north and south
nearly 2 miles and on
the north almost meet
those of Huwailan.
Fruits, cereals and vege
tables as well as dates
are grown by irrigation
from wells holding
sweet water at 7 to 8
fathoms. There are no
horses, but all the usual
animals. The place is
under Buraidah.
See article Qusaibah.
The wells are 7 fathoms
deep, and dates and a
little wheat and lucerne
are grown. Grapes,
and oranges are abun
Quwarah stands in a
basin smaller but more
fertile than that of
Kahafah. The village
consists of two por
tions which lie more
a mile apart. Date
groves are numerous
but small, and the
trees indifferent. Cul
tivation of cereals,
melons and vegetable
also is carried on by
irrigation from wells
|rds of which yield
drinkable water; the
water of the rest is
clear but bitter. The
place is under Burai

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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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