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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1557] (636/688)

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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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A hamlet in the Badiyah {q. v.), oasis, in the Sharqiyah district of the 'Oman Sul
A village near the coast of southern Hejaz, situated 12""iniles by road from the town
of Lith. Its anchorage is only fit for small craft, but affords good shelter for dhowa
at all seasons and is much used by them. Moderately good water is to be had here.
From Lith roads to Rakah anchorage by sea is 13 nautical miles.
Between Lith and Rakah and distant from the former some 7 or 8 miles by road ia
the fishing hamlet of Rat-hah on the coast.
A camping ground, without water, in Widyan Dawasir {q.v.), in south-western Najd ;
this place is so called from the rak trees here.
A well in Barr-adh-Dhahran {q. t?.), in Hasa, eastern Arabia.
One of the 'Asumah clans of the Barqah division of the 'Ataibah tribe {q. v.), of central
A well in Dhafrah {q. v.), in Trucial 'Oman, eastern Arabia.
Or Qasr Mahanna; a fort in Qasxm {q.v.).
One of the forts, now ruinous and deserted, surrounding the site of Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. town {q.v.)
in Qatar, eastern Arabia.
RAKAIZ (G hait-ar)—
A well in Dhafrah {q. v.), in Trucial 'Oman, eastern Arabia.
RAKAIZ (M ughilat-ar)—
A well in Dhafrah (q. v.), in Trucial 'Oman, eastern Arabia.
RAKAN ('A qalat)—
A well in the Jafurah desert {q.v.), of eastern Arabia.
RAKAN (R as)—
The northern extreme of the Qatar promontory {q.v.), in eastern Arabia. It is really
the north-western point of an island called Jazirat Ras Rakan, but as the channel be-
tween this island and the mainland is not passable for boats, Jazirat Ras Rakan may be
regarded as forming the northern extremity of the promontory.
Jazirat Ras Rakan is a very low, T-shaped island, with tufts of grass on it; it is nearly
2 miles in length east and west, and very narrow, the greater part being less than a cable
wide. The T-head, at its western end, is a mile long. The island is nearly 1| miles from
the shore, which can be reached from it at low water by wading. Native boats run
behind the island for shelter. The village of Ar-Ruwais {q.v.), lies 2^ miles south-east
ward from the island.
RAKHAM (J abal)—
A granite ridge in central Arabia, the northern most limit of the basaltic outcrop of
Jabal Shammar, and situated about 15 miles south-east of Jabal Habran. Its rounded
contours form a marked contrast to the fantastic sandstone peaks of Habran and Misma'.
During the winter and spring good water is to be found in small quantities in thamdil
immediately to the south-east of this ridge.— {Miss 0. L. Bell, February 1914.)

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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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