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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1565] (644/688)

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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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About midway
between Raudhah
and Kharfah.
To the south-east
To the north
On the side towards
Saib, i.e., north-east.
In the centre
A distinct village,
but administered
from Raudhah.
There are about 60
houses, viz., 40 of
Bani Khadhir and
20 of Mughairah, a
shaikhly section of
the Fadhul.
An enclosure and two
date groves.
A quarter of Raud
hah proper.
Arable lands without
permanent dwel
Mithna boasts 1,500
date palms and the
usual fruits ; lucerne,
melons and cereals
are also grown. Wa
ter is at 7 fathoms
in wells. There are
no horses, but ordina
ry livestock of other
kinds are kept.
The owners
are Bani
The people are
The cultivators are
Bani Khadhir of
the Qasim section
belonging to Saih.
Water is at 5 fa
thoms. There are no
Cultivated lands with The cultivators are
Near to Rurdaiyah
enclosures, which
are occupied in
winter and spring
and deserted in
This is the principal
quarter of Raudhah.
A stretch of arable
from Saih. There
are no date trees.
Water is at 5 fa
The Amir of Raudhah
has his residence in
This ground had been
allowed to fall out of
tillage, but has recent
ly been cultivated
again by people from
A village near Dhrumah (q-v.), in the 'Aridh district of Najd.
A town in sonthern Yemen, SJ miles by road north of Sna'a, with which .8 con-
neoted a carriage road. It is snrrconded by gardens and considerable cnltivation, and
is the centre of a grape-growing district. There was no garnson here in 1913. Tho
routes from Sana'a to 'Asir and Wadi Najran pass through Eaudhah.

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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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