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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1539] (612/688)

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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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some cultivation of wheat and gaymi. There is no fodder except a little chopped
straw and the livestock is limited to a very few cows and camels. Smoking is not
allowed in the town. The boundary of the territory of Ibn Sa'ud passes through
Qusaibah and Quwarah.— {Leachman, 1912.)
Note. —'Amudiyah and Saqiyah are manziis of Qusaibah, and "not separate villages as shown on some
maps.—(C. C. R. M.)
A locality and a forest on the left bank of the Tigris (7. v.) some 9 miles below the
Diyalah. The whole reach from here down to Ctesiphon is described as the Qusaibah
One of the muqdta'ahs of the Jazirah district {q. v.) of Mesopotamia. Jazirah lies
wholly on the right bank of the Tigris a short distance below Baghdad.
QUSAI'IR (C ape and village)—
Has Qasai'ir is a low, rocky point on the south coast of Arabia, situated about
midway between Shihr and Saihut in Lat. 14° 54' N., Long. 50° 17' E. Close westward
of it are two small rocky islets from which a reef, partly dry at low water, extends
south-eastward to a distance of 4 cables southward of Ras Qusai'ir. Boats find shelter
between this reef and the headland and also behind a reef about 7| cables north-east
ward of the headland.
About a mile inland from the cape is Qusai'ir village. It is squarely built and is
walled on the landward side : there are a few stone buildings, including a small qasr
but it consists mainly of huts. The qasr is in ruins and stands J a mile north-westward
of the village by a small date grove. On the seaward side are four detached towers.
The tiny port of Qusai'ir is just a nook in the black basalt coast where boats can nestle
behind a small natural breakwater, known as Ras Dis, lying on either side of it accord
ing to the wind. The inhabitants own a few boats, rude craft of which the planks are
sewn together with cord ; in these they catch sharks, the tails and fins of which are
exported to India and Masqat.
A couple of miles westward of Qusai'ir is the scattered hamlet of Al-Qurain.— {R. S.
and G. of A. Pilot; Bent.)
A settlement in Jabal Shammar {q. v.), in Central Arabia, said to consist of three
hamlets of one or two houses each.
QUS AIR (A l)—
Some wells in the Shamivah desert, north-eastern Arabia ; they are situated 47 miles
by road westward from Khamisiyah, or rather more than halfway to Samawah. The
water is good and sufficient for 1,000 men, which number could be increased to 10,000
by digging additional wells.
A hamlet 1|—2 hours south-west from Umm-ar-Roi {q. v.), in 'Iraq.
The inhabitants of Qasim. The singular form is Qasimi or Qasaimi.
A village in the Washam {q. v.) district of Najd.
A place, without permanent habitations but with wells and cultivation,
Shammar {q. v.), in Central Arabia.
in Jabal

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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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