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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1524] (597/688)

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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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R emabks.
About A a mile to the north of
Tobi village.
This spring must apparently irri
gate Tobi, the village nearest
to it.
About \ a mile south of the vil
lage of Khuwaildiyah.
Qashfiriyah waters the lands of
Khuv aildiyah.
W ithin the village of Jarudiyah
As is natural, this spring irrigates
the Jarudiyah cultivation.
11 miles west of Qudaih village
Sadriyah helps to irrigate the
plantations of Qudaih.
Close to the north side of
'Awamiyah village.
One of the various sources of irri
gation belonging to 'Awamiyab.
Agriculture and livestock. Dates are the staple crop in Qatif, no village being without
its date grove ; the water irrigating the plantations is in some places brackish, but this
does not appear to affect the trees injuriously, and the total annual yield of dates in the
oasis is computed at 24,000 tons. Cultivation other than dates — mostly wheat, barley,
and nee — is inconsiderable. Fruits are abundant and of fair quality ; they include
pomegranates, figs, peaches, grapes, bitter limes and citrons : besides these "there are
musk and water-melons, the last sometimes of gigantic size, and a few mangoes are
produced at Saihat. Vegetables of many sorts are grown.
Domestic animals are the same as in the Hasa Oasis. Transport animals in the
possession of villagers are estimated at 50 horses, 200 donkeys of the famous white Has»
breed, and 650 donkeys of ordinary breeds ; the last are mall and generallv grev or dark
in colour. j j
Communications. —See Routes in Arabia, 1915,
Transport and supplies. 'There is no definite information as to the quantity of trans
port and suppKes locally available ; but the resources of the district may be roughly
gauged by means of the village table and the remarks oi agriculture and livestock above.
Mamifactures, trade and civil administration. —These matters are disposed of in the
general article on the Hasa Sanjaq, except the trade in dates, the nature of which is
explained by the following table :—
Quantity in tons.
Exported to Bahrain
For local consumption in Bahrain.
Exported to 'Oman and Persia.
• • • •
Exported to India, partly direct
and partly via Bahrain.
These are boiled dates.
TiOcally consumed in the Qatif

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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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