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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1555] (634/688)

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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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RAHiM ('A bditr)—
A creek, with a habitatation or two on its banks, in Fao {q.v.), on the Shatt-al-
RAHIM (Umm)—
A pearl bank off Raa Tanurah {q.v.) in Hasa, eastern Arabia.
A Bedouin camping ground, with water, in Biyadh {q.v., Part II), in the Hasa
district of eastern Arabia.
A tract in the Hor Allah Nahiyah of the Shamlyah Qadha {q .v.), in 'Iraq.
One of the wealthier and more important of the Baharinah families [q. v.) of the Bah
rain Principality.
RAHMAH (D h I )—
One of the Milabisah clans of the Barqah division of the 'Ataibah tribe {q. v.) of central
RAHMAH (R as)—•
A cape on the Hadhramaut coast of southern Arabia, situated 30 nautical miles west
ward from Mukalla; it is about 300 feet high, is composed of limestone, and has a dark,
peaked outline. On its south-western face the sand from the plain has been swept up
into a great heap by the south-west monsoon.
A locality on the right bank of the Tigris {q. v.), the centre of it being about 14 miles
by river above Suwairah village.
rahm A n I yah —
A muqdta'ah in Jazlrah {q. h.), a district on the right bank of the Tigris a little way
below Baghdad.
A salt field, now practically abandoned, near Rahabah {q. v.), in the Najaf Qadha
of 'Iraq.
One of the Baluchi tribes {q. v.).
A large village on the Hadhramaut coast of southern Arabia, situated 47 nautical
miles westward from Saihut. It is f of a mile inland and is the principal place on this
part of the coast, being the residence of the chief of the Kasaidi clan of the Hamumi tribe;
his territory extends from Ras Baghashwah to Musaina'ah. The population of Raidah
is estimated at 700 souls; the principal exports are frankincense, aloes, ambergris, and
sharks' fins and tails. Several trading boats belong to Raidah. Hisn-al-Kathiri, a
ruined fort, is 2 miles inland and 3 miles westward of Raidah.
Many hot springs are found in the neighbourhood, and judging from the number of
villages and ruins and from the amount of cultivation which indicates considerable
water, this is probably, next to Dhufar, one of the most fertile parts of the south coast.
Among the most remarkable features in Hadhramaut is a series of three horizontal
effusions of black basalt, on the plains between the environs of Raidah and Wadi Musailah.
These are called hariq (burnt places) by the Arabs. Each has one or more cones about
100 feet above the level of the surrounding country and round each cone, for a varying
extent, is a tract of basalt strikingly defined by its blackness upon the light-coloured
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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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