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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1486] (559/688)

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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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Zaid (Qasr)
Ziyabah (Umm-
3 miles south-west
of 'Anaizah not far
from the right bank
of Wadi-ar-Rum-
A little south-east of
About 4 miles north
of Tarfiyah.
1 mile east of Nafi ..
2 miles east of Bu-
Immediately north
of Quwai'ah.
About 20 miles west
of Buraidah.
A number of small
enclosures stand
here among date
plantations and
fields ; they are only
occupied at certain
90 houses of Qahtan,
Dawasir and Mu-
30 houses of mixed
Arabs chiefly 'Ani-
10 houses of Atai-
A Qasr of about 8
houses of Mutair,
A hamlet of 5 houses
Some 30 houses and
towers, said to be
of Harb and Mutair.
R emarks.
Irrigation is from wells
6 to 7 fathoms deep.
The country surround
ing the place is flat
and sandy. Wahlan
is the rendezvous
of travellers proceed
ing by caravan from
'Anaizah to Makkah.
There are huge date
groves but little other
cultivation. The wells,
8 fathoms deep, are
brackish and drinking
water is brought from
subakh, one mile to the
westwards. Under
The village is walled.
Wheat, barley and mil
let are grown and
there are few dates.
The wells which are
brackish, are 5 fathoms
See article WathSl.
There are no dates.
The place is under
An ordinary Qasim
village in all res
Water is good at 5
fathoms. There are
some dates.
Water and ordinary cul
tivation, but no dates.
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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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