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'Routes in Arabia' [‎52] (85/852)

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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 N o. 15 — corUd.
At mile 4 from Basrah city, the edge of the desert.
To mile 6, across an open, barren plain ; soil light brown,
hard and dusty; no stones ; liable to inundation every fiotxl
At mile 6, ruins of old Basrah where the road bifurcates, the
main road which is followed going south-west to Zubair, and the
branch road going south via Safwan to Kuwait. See Route
No. 18, Kuwait-Basrah.
At mile 9 Zubair, a large, well-built town situated on slightly
elevated ground, with a ridge of broken ground to the north-
Avest, north, and north-east. There is a hdz'tr with small quan
tities of supplies, but no fodder. Good water from 4 or 5 wells.
In flood time between here and Basrah there is about 2 feet
cf water, whicii approaches the outskirts of Zubair on tho
Route then follows a camel-track and ascends towards the
Ar-Ratk ridge, which is reached at mile 35.
The Bat:n depression is then entered.
At Halaibah there are traces of old wells but no water.
5 QULBAN 70 m. Still up the Biitin;
TT ' no water. At mile 10,
m ' T ,, pass hills of Jarishan,
then the KhazTma tract; and at mile 29 and 36, the Hail and
Elaiba hills respectively. Between the last two are traces of
old reservoirs but no water. All the above lie to the west erf
At mile 45, valley from west enters, called Hissu-adh-Dhabl,
with hill of Abrag-al-Hibari, on east of track.
At mile 56, hill of Maliza is passed on the east. Route then
cont nues along bed of depression.
^ RIQA I ..18m. At mile 2^ an emi
j rjg nence called Thalat-al-
. i ' . , , 'Ubaid and situated in
the western edge of the Batin, is passed.
rom here to the end of this stage a rough tract known as
bluqayah extends along the eastern bank of the valley.
us i act is a net-work of ravines and watercourses ; the road
leaves it to the cast until a point due west of the Riqa'i wells
is reached. 1

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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.

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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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