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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1482] (555/688)

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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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6 miles west-south
west of 'Ayun, under
the south side of
Jabal Sarah.
15 to 20 miles east-
north-east of Bu-
raidah, east of Wadi-
ar-Rummah, and
about 12 miles south
of Sarif.
50 houses
40 houes said to
chiefly Mutair,
R emarks.
bai 'i.
Apparently 15 miles
east of Buraidah.
Sa'id (Qasr)
of mixed There are a number of
small date groves, and
fruit and cereals are
grown. The water is
sweet in wells 9 to 10
fathoms deep.
be Some dates and good
water. About 10 miles
further east (or accord
ing to a different
account, several miles
further west) is Ruw-
aidbah where Ibn
Rashid was killed
on 11th April 1906.
One report identifies
R 6 d h a t-a 1-Mahanna
with R6dhat-ar-Rub-
bai 'i below, from which
it cannot be very far
70 houses partly of
6 miles north-east of
Half of dozen houses
of the family and
dependants of a
Shammar Arab
named Sa'id.
There are here a large
Qasr belonging to the
family of the Shaikhs
of Buraidah and
about 30 date planta
tions, most of which
are owned by them.
The wells contain
Sweetwater at 7 or 8
fathoms. Dates,
fruits, cereals and
vegetables are grown.
The people are well-to-
do. One account iden
tifies this place with
R6dhat-al-Ma h a n n a
Date palms are few,
but wheat cultivation
is fairly extensive.
There are the ordinary
livestock. The wells
arc brackish, 8 fathoms
deep, and good water
is from a hollow called
Madassah, 2 miles to
the norths which holds
rain water.

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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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