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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. II' [‎1599] (678/688)

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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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One of the minor valleys descending from the west face of Jabal 'Aja {q. v.), in Najd.
The name of two of the wards, or quarters, of the town of Saham {q. v.) in the 'Oman
RUWAINI (Bandar)—
A small bay in the Hadhramaut coast of southern Arabia, situated to the north
eastward of Ras Mukalla; it has from 4 to 6 fathoms close inshore, whence it shelves
into deep water. Native sailing vessels find shelter here during the south-west mon
Two miles eastward of Bandar Ruwaini is the hamlet of Rukub, or Ruqub, with a
large and ancient mosque. The inhabitants are apparently mostly fishermen. Buwaish,
a village about 3 miles north-eastward from Rukub and 1J miles inland, stands in
a well-watered valley surrounded by date groves.— {R. S. and 0. of A. Pilot).
A village of Qatar, the nearest to the tip of i ^ promontory, about 2.| miles south
of Jazirat Ras Rakan. It is inhabited by about 70 families of Sadah who own
18 pearl boats, 2 other sea-going vessels and 10 fishing boats ; they have also 4 horses
and 20 camels. There is a reef in front of the village within which the boats belonging
tu it anchor. The place is protected by a small fort with four towers, and drinking
water is fetched from the Umm Dha'an well, 1| miles inland south of Ruwais.
A small promontory not far from Jabal Dhannah in Dhafrah {q. v.), in Trucial 'Oman
eastern Arabia.
A village on the north shore of 'Abbadan Island (q. t.), between the bifurcation of the
Karun and Bahmanshir rivers and the confluence of the Karun and Shatt-al-Arab.
A tract on the right bank of the Shatt-al-Arab {q. v.), between Muhammerah and
A small anchorage, protected by a reef, on the coast of southern Yemen, some 14 miles
by road northward from Mokha. The place consists of a few palm trees and a hut
or two, the property of the Zahariyin
RUWAIS (R as-ab)—
A cape on the south-eastern coast of 'Oman {q. v.).
A village in Widyan Dawasir {q. v.), in south-western Najd.
A small cape on the coast of Dhafrah {q. v.), in Trucial 'Oman, eastern Arabia.
See 'Anazah. According to Arab reports, Ibn Rashld inflicted a defeat on the
Ruwalah in the Jauf district in the spring of 1912. The Ruwalah, who were led
by Naif and Sha'alan, two sons of Shaikh Nuri, lost many killed and several hundred
The present Shaikh of the Ruwalah is Faria Ibn Fahd, but the Shaikh who has most
power is Nawwaf, son of Shaikh Fattam.

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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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