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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1552] (631/688)

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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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One of the wards, or quarters, of the town of Rass {q. v.), in Qasim.
RAFF AH (A e)—
A qasr in Qaslm (q. v.).
^ lar g e def onsible house, with wells, a few trees, mostly tamarisks, and somecultiva-
t on round about it, 5 miles south-south-east from Zubair. Rafidhiyah is a count™
residence belonging to the Xaqib of Basrah; it is a quadrangular enclosure with bastions
Thorp fr? T Y ater 18 abundant from three wells at about 2 fathoms
vpH ] m0re 7 80 l me cultlvatlon on thG north-east side of the estate. Wheeled
\ ehicles can go from Basrah to Rafidhiyah except in the flood season.
RAFIQ (Q abr-ar)—
See Jabal Kura.
Or Bab-ar-Rafsah ; a tower on the right bank of Wadi Falan (n „ ^ ^
Hajar district of the •Oman Sulta nate, if is said to havete! bu ^Cm oro^n
in order to re s .st the inonrsions of the Wahhabis, bnt it is now in thehands of tte MaX
i nn J , ' l . g ," a11 carava n3 using this route to pass through a square gate-house
100 yards from the tower and pay toll, in consideration of which they do not plunder
m l t " w< ' r 'tW'lfia a. quaint erection 50 f«et high by SO feet in diameter and it
completely eommands the passage up the Wadi, which at this point is narrew Sn the
eft bank of the Wad., opposite the tower, are eave-dwellings eontainin B seme ekht or
ten families of Masharlfah, who possess 3 camels, 40 donkeys, 8 cattle and 200°™!,,
This is the frontier village of the tribe in the direction of Sur 200 goats.
Some wells in the 'Oman Promontory, a situated between 10 and 11 miles from Dibah
PoltlsT) 0 RM - Khaimah - These contain good water."^^ aS
RAFUSH (A bu)—
A tract in the Samawah Qadha (q. v.), in 'Iraq.
RAFUSH (A btb)—
A northerly branch of the 'Atshan channel; see Shatt-al-Hindiyah.
BahmtoVrinciptli'" 6 ' an,i m0re 0 ' the Baharinah ( ? . f.) in the
Or Raghaka (MaunselVs map) ; a halting place on the Yemen Haii route about
30 miles by road northward of Sa'dhah, in Yemen. . " '
^A ^coffeeshopandweUSmiiesoutof Jiddah on the road to Meooz.-iBurckhardl
See Khamdan.
A very small settlement in Wadi-al-Qor {q.v.), in the 'Oman Sultanate.

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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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