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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1590] (669/688)

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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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Village of 20 houses
Khabbat So
A habitat of the Bani
People are Bani Shatair
Shihuh of the
Kumazirah subsec
tion ; they have no
A habitat of the Bani
A habitat of the Ahl
See article Khasab.
See article Kumzar.
Above Sharih
On the north side of
Bai'ah, adjoining it.
On the east coast, 23
miles north-north
east of Dibah.
Village of 150 houses
partly built up the
side of the hills on
the steps of the
strata, one hut
above another. It
stands at the
bottom of a bay
open from east-
north-east to north-
north-east. The
eastern horn of the
bay forms a promon
tory 2 miles long,
and off its extremity
lies Jazirat Limah,
a small island 285
feet high.
There are dates and
some other culti
vation, also a fair
number of goats and
a few cattle, but only
3 or 4 donkeys.
The people are
Shihuh of the
Bani Shatair (Kuma
zirah) section (a few
however belonging to
the Bani Hadiyah
section) and own
8 sea-going boats
which voyage to
Masqat Town,
Trucial 'Oman
and the Persian ports.
They have also 15
fishing boats. Cattle
are procurable, but
firewood is a difficulty
and good water is
rather scarce. A path
crosses the hills to the
neighbouring village
of 'Aqabah, and there
is a route through
the mountains to
Ras - al • Khaimah
Town, which can be
reached in 2J days.
Above Limah
•. Near Dibah

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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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