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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1481] (554/688)

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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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Rakaiyah Qasr
1J miles west of
About 18 miles north
east of Buraidah
and east of Wadi-ar
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Rass and
40 to 45 miles south
west of Buraidah.
A Qasr containing 8
households of Mu-
A fort containing
half-a-dozen houses
of various Arab
tribes. There are
also a number of
watch towers in the
fields, some of which
are occupied.
20 houses
Some date palms and
other cultivation.
Water is brackish at
7 fathoms.
This place was founded
about 1860 by Mahan
na, Amir of Bu
raidah ; it stands in
the middle of a de
pression 2 miles in
diameter. The fort
is remarkable for con
taining a magnifi
cent well or water-
pit with an opening
78 feet square and a
depth of about 70 feet,
the upper 30 feet in
sand and earth and
the remainder in
standstone rock. The
water is raised by
camels and after pass
ing out through .the
wall of the fort irri
gates fields of wheat,
barley, maize and
melons. In good years
the water in the well
stands 45 and even 60
feet in depth. Better
water for drinking
purposes than that of
the well is said to be
obtained from a hol
low Quwaitir called
. 2 miles to,the south
ward. There are
camels for working
the wells and some
other animals.
There are some date
groves and com is
grown. Water, which
is drinkable, is from
wells 2 fathoms deep.
See article Rass.

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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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