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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1585] (664/688)

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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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RUS—RUS 1585
One of the tribes of Yemen {q. v.).
bA-tecr ot »^ ^«»«"
A canal in the Nahr Shah Xahiyah of the Hillah Qadha {q. v.), in 'Iraq.
S , n , ^ ^ 18 , 0 .f at Ka8ra Bin Sha ™' to ' ^ s O"« educate? Sbs Lppo "
th,s o be a corruption of the name of the Persian King An&harvanor "NashSn '
The fort is said to date from pro-Islamic times and is now in an extremely dilaniditofl
condition. The village is the capital of the whole Fara' valley ; it stands 800 feet above
seadevel and consists of 400 houses of the Miyayihah tribe. Lvestock are ^hSes 2^
camels, 400 donkey 400 cattle and 1,000 sheep and goats. Ci^ps le ^ bariet
prown jlf'O ^ f Cern J\ Date P alms number about 12,000 and every kind of fruit
grown m Oman is found here. There are about 80 shops, forming a considerable
bazaar, besides flour-mills driven by water which are somewhat of a rarity in 'Oman
Qal at Kasra is the seat of of Saiyid Sa'id-bin-Ibrahim-bin-Qais, a relation of the
Miylyihah ' an the ^ ,S hCld ^ hiS name by a tribal ^ arris0li of i00 men of the
RUSTAQ (WA di )—
An alternative name for Wadi Fara' {q. v.), in the Sultanate of 'Oman.
RtJTHA (W adi-ar ) -
A valley in the north-eastern district of Najd (•/. v.).
RUtJS (U mm )—-
A cluster of small peaks, forming an excellent landmark, in the Kuwait Princinalitv
of tLTadda U h rW^ ' 14 SOUth - south -^ of Jahrah and 6or 8 miles eastwaS
r^ T + he ff? me 0 l^ mOlin !: lin0US district in the 'Oman Sultanate forming the northern
of lo SMhtttiST Pr0m0nt0r y ; the name is practically a synonym for the country
Xtwtfs.-—The coast of Ruus-al-Jibal may be considered to begin at Dibah bay in the
£ /J P ant | terminate, after running round Ras Musandam, at Ras Sha'am
l " a tb Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The inland boundary of Ruus-al-Jibal between Dibah and Ras
R TlA • n0 h £ een mi T ] ; but the rOUte Which runs from 1)1154111 by Khatt to
Ras-al-Khaimah Town is regarded as the boundary between the eountry of ibe Shihuh
hn nH n ° rth f a " d j h! f Sharqiyln and other tribes on the south. These are the
boundaries of Ruus-al-Jibal m the political sense and define the scope of the present
article, but geographically the Shamailiyah tract with its hills belongs to Ruus-al-Jibal
Physical c/Mmclenshcs.-—The whole of district is a maze of barren mountains On
the east side these rise abruptly from the sea, and the east coast is accordingly precipi
tous throughout, the cliffs being frequently undercut at the water-level; where valleys
- 0m i t ^ We 7f' Sma11 sand y ba ^ oftp n occur. The northern
portion ofRuus-al-Jiba! w indented by numerous deep-water inlets, some of considerable
extent, the largest being Ghubbat Ghazirah or Malcolm Inlet and Khor -ash-Sham or
Elphinstone Inlet; their navigation is rendered difficult for sailing vessels by bafflin*
C52(']GSB ^ enter ^ Can be pr0peU ^ by 0ar& 0n thQ
9 r

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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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