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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1543] (622/688)

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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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RAB- RAB 1513
EABA' (Al BU)—
A section of settled 'Anazah {q. v.) found in Sadair, central Arabia.
RABAI'lYAH (Q asr-ar)—
A hamlet in Jabal Shammar {q. v.).
One of the minor tribes which go to form the general body of the Bani Khadhir (a. v.)
of southern Xajd.
EABH (B ait-ak)—
A small post on the Hodaidah-Sana'a road in Yemen, nearly half-way between Suq-al-
Khamis and Sana'a.
RABI (Ar)—
A small village in Wadi-al-Jizi (q. v.), in the Western Ha jar district of the 'Oman
RABl' (A ulad)—
One of the principal sections of the Bani Rasib [q. v.), of the Ja'alan district of the
'Oman Sultanate.
RABI' (B ani)—
A tribe mentioned in connection with the origin of the Baharinah (q. v.), of Bahrain
Hasa, Qatif, and Qatar.
One of the tribes of 'Asir {q. v.).
One of the tribes of 'Asir {q. v.).
A tribe of 'Asir [q. v.).
A strong and well-to-do Arab tribe in 'Iraq.
The Bani Rabi 'ah are descendants of the powerful Rabi'ah group which with Mudhar
constituted the^ Northern Arab stock, the Arabs of middle Arabia as distinguished
liom those of \aman. Previous to the Muhammedan invasion the Rabi'ah had mi-
grated northwards and had given their name to one of the extreme northern provinces
of Mesopotamia. Their settlement in the 'Iraq may date from the same or even from
V f j J ea ' rll0r P eriod and there can be little doubt that few of the tribes between
Baghdad and the sea have an older title to the lands they occupy.
The tribe as constituted at present consists of four large divisions, the Amarah,
Maiyah, Maqasis and Sarraj, each of which is practically an independent group obeying
its own paramount Shnikh though the Amarah are considered the leading member
of the confederacy. Three of these 4 are of true Rabi 'ah origin, but one, tho
Maqasis, are Saiyids, tracing their lineage to one Said Muhammad al Muqasqas (so nick
named, according to tradition, on account of his hairy chost) who migrated from the Hijaz
< u ring the last days of the Abbasid Khalifate. He settled first on the Euphrates
Jftween Karbala and Hillah, moving over subsequently to the Tigris where he joined
the Rabi ah confederacy and intermarried with them. Most of the Maqasis wear the
green turban of the Saiyid by virtue of their origin.
Besides these four divisions, the hereditary Shaikhs of Kut are members of the Bait
i^aba family, a branch of the Al bu Badr section of the Maiyah. They have gathered

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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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