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'Routes in Arabia' [‎37] (70/852)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (425 folios). It was created in 1915. 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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Route No. 11— contd.
1 QASR-AR- .. 27 m. South-south-east.
RUHAIMI. The route descends
27 m. sharply from the ridge
on which the town is situated, and then lies along the western
edge of the Bahr-an-Xejef.
Qasr-ar-Ruhaimi, a small village situated on the plain called
Ghufrat-al-Irak. From here a link route runs to BIr Simit*
on Route No. 8, Kerbela-Hail.
4 BIR SHARAB .. 72 m. South by west.
The route, which is
■ 99 m. well defined, winds across
an open plain.
At mile 2, Sha'ib Hisib ; in February 1879 this watercourse
held a running stream sufficient to supply the Hajj caravans.
It is said to be perennial. Pasturage and acacia trees.
At mile 6 Sha'ib Shabakah.
At mile 15, Sha'ib Khatsami.
At mile 17, BTr Qamaqrun.
At mile 24, Bir Maghritsah.
At mile 31, Birkat-al-Hamad.
At mile 37, Birkat-al-Hammam, a large ruined bath, with
a dry cistern and a dry well.
About mile 50 a ridge of hills is crossed, and the route enters
a wddi, which is followed to the end of the stage.
At mile 53, BTr Atalahat, cisterns and wells, all dry.
This place is also called Mafraq-ad-Darb.
At mile 66, the wells of Shabaikah lie about 4 miles to the
west. ,
At mile 72, BIr Sharab, several wells, of indifferent water,
situated in a depression which is flooded in winter. iNo fuel •
Scanty pasturage.
6 BIRKAT JUMAI- 58 m. South.
MAH. At mile 4, the route
157 m. descends about 70 feet
down the Jal-al-Waqsah, at the foot of which is a large and very
deep well of sweet water. It then enters the level plain of
Mahamiyah, which is covered with grass and fine flints.
* About 57 miles west-Bouth-west. from Qasr-ar-Ruhaimi (Leachman, 1010. )

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This volume contains descriptions of the 'more important of the known routes in Arabia proper' produced by the General Staff in Simla, India. It is divided up as follows:

Part I - Routes in North-Eastern, Eastern, and Southern Arabia.

Part II - Routes in South-Western, Western, and North-Western Arabia.

Part III - Miscellaneous Routes in Mesopotamia.

Appendix A - Information about Routes etc in the Rowanduz District by Abdullah Pasha, Hereditary Chief of Rowanduz and ex-official of the Turkish Government.

Appendix B - Information relating to Navigation etc of the Tigris between Mosul and Baghdad supplied by our Raftsmen.

The volume contains a Glossary of Arabic Terms used in the route descriptions and a map of Arabia with the routes marked on it.

Extent and format
1 volume (425 folios)

Divided into three sections as outlined in the scope and content.

The file contains a contents page that lists all of the routes included on folios 6-13 and uses the original printed pagination system.

Physical characteristics

Condition: A bound, printed volume.

Foliation: The file's foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Please note that f 424 is housed inside f 425.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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English in Latin script
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