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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1488] (561/688)

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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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A fort in the Hasa oasis (g. v.), in eastern Arabia; it was formerly occupied by the
Turkish garrison.
A village in Wadi Fara' {q. v.), in the Sultanate of 'Oman.
A well-known rock in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. about 5 miles to the east of Ras Ijla', in
Dhafrah, Trucial 'Oman.
Two rocky islets off the island of Sitrah {q. v.), in the Bahrain archipelago, Persian
Pronounced Gassari; two large springs of good water in Bahrain Island {q. v.).
Some wells in the low hills called Dula'-al-Mi'aijil {q. v.) in the Kuwait Principality.
A date plantation and a summer resort for date owners in Wadi Shab (q. v.), in the
Eastern Ha jar district of the 'Oman Sultanate.
QAT'AH (A l)—
See Gat'ah, Shatt-al-'Arab.
A town in Southern Yemen, half a mile from the boundary of the Aden Protectorate
and situated about 107 miles beyond north-north-westward from Aden and 12 miles
northward from Dhali'. The town is built on a rise in the plain at the foot of the
western slopes of Jabal Marais, about 2 miles north-east of the Amiri village of Sanah
and consists of a few stone dars and many mud hovels huddled closely together. The
houses on the outer perimeter have evidently been joined by a high mud wall which
surrounded the town. This wall now stands on the south side only and has been broken
down on the north-east. The population consists of Arabs, Jews, and Turkish half-
castes, and may aggregate 1,500 souls. The water-supply is derived from 7 principal wells,
• 7n!!o 5 a 1 re l m the waterco urse south of the town, one in the town itself reported dry
m 1903, and the remaining one called Bir Ziriyah, J of a mile south of the town,
in British territory. The water is good and abundant.
Forage and local supplies arc plentiful and market is held twice a week. There is
cul ivation in the water course but elsewhere the ground is scrub and rocks. There
is one large white mosque in the town, but the principal building is a large, flat-roofed,
three-storeyed stone built house, situated on the east side of the town and used as
a court-house by the Turks.
The fort lies on the same level as the town, J a mile due north-west of it; they are
connected by a bad road which is merely a camel track. The fort is built on a small
oncy p a ^au, which ends in an undulating and in places very broken plain on the west
ao v! 3 on r ! Ct f n ^ U ! ar buildin g' 40 y ards by 15 yards, with a stone building
w + I f runnin g at ri g ht angles to it on the west side. The fort
affprf^ 0 S ? V ^ S f 6 . W ^h good stone walls 10 feet high, the upper, apparently an
tw K w 0 - mU ^ , lDwer wal1 of the fort and barrack are loopholed.
i™" "t thro ughout of stone, with a flat roof and a wall 3 feet high on
The fort the; 0 ^ ho ^ two sides of a rectangle with the north will of
not nlapprl in^a ctofo" 1 * irr y 0 i mu( ? and are a PP aren tly used for stores. They are
of the fort 60 6 01100 a ar6 a ru ^ nous condition as is also the upper storey
Jg» W briK i Ma n ra i i S COmmanded by ' W0 hmS ^ '• 000 ^ ^

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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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