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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1529] (602/688)

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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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Fighting strength.
R emarks.
Chiefly between
Wadi-al-Qor and
Wadi Ham and
about Yahfar-al-
These are Bedouins
dependent on the
Bani Qitab, but did
not perhaps origin-
ally belong to the
As a rule at the west
ern foot of the hills
of the 'Oman Pro
montory, between
the Jiri plain on
the north and the
Baraimi Oasis on
the south.
Ma 'aliyah
In the neighbour
hood of the Baraimi
Masa 'id
Generally in the
country adjoining
the towns of Shar
jah and Dibai.
In Gharif and about
Jabal Faiyah.
Aflaj Bani Qitab in

The settled part of the Bani Qitab tribe is approximately equal to the nomadic :
it is represented by about 500 households at the cluster of villages known as Aflaj Bani
Qitab in the Dhahirah district of the 'Oman Sultanate and by 40 families at Dhaid
in the Sharjah principality, and it may therefore be reckoned at about 2,700 souls in
all, exclusive of the Baluchi colony at Aflaj Bani Qitab who are generally included
for the purposes of tribal calculation.
The limits of the Bani Qitab Bedouin territory are the northern end of the Dhaid
plain, the towns of Sharjah and Dibai, the Baraimi Oasis and the western slope of the
hills of the 'Oman promontory. These Bedouins do not as a rule enter hills, but they
occasionally send their women and children and flocks and herds thither for asylum
in time of danger. The fighting men of the nomadic sections being estimated at 600
the total strength of those sections may be assessed at 2,100 souls ; and they are believed
to own about 1,300 camels, 200 donkeys, 200 cattle, and 2,000 sheep and goats.
The Bani Qitab have recently been recognised by the Shaikh of Abu Dhabi, the most
powerful chief in Trucial 'Oman, as clients of the Shaikh of Umm-al-Qaiwain and
entitled to claim the protection of that ruler.
•Either the number of the Mugharibah fighting men is greatly underestimated here or other settled sections
must be represented at Aflaj Bani Qitab.
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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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