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'Routes in Arabia' [‎64] (97/852)

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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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64
Route No. 18—cowfc?.
the dale grove was a post garrisoned by 10 zaptiehs (1911). One
lo/f 1 't f ?e dOLlin haIting place with we]ls ^ fair
atcr ^ feet - Jabal Sanam stands 5 miles west of the village.
"J 6 6RAFIDHIYAH .. 14 m. General direction,
gi slightly east of north,
/i . i ' , , route runs over
flat, barren, stony ground, passable for all arms. It skirts the
flood level ^ Kh01 Zubai^, aRd is aboVe the ordinary
At mile 14, Rafidhsyah, a country residence of the Naqlb of
Basrah ; it is a quadrangular enclosure with bastions at the
north and south angles. Water is abundant from 3 wells 12 feet
deep. There are a few trees. There are more wells, and some
cultivation, on the north-east side of Rafidhiyah.
7 BASR h H .. 16 m. General direction,
north-east by east.
m " r . . , The route at first
runs north over a plam with a very slight ascent. The soil is
graveUy. There is fair camel grazing and occasional houses
Wh0je of th e country between
Rafidhiyah and mile 6 is plentifully supplied with water from
wells o to b feet deep ; they are especially numerous about mile 4
Irom mue 3 to 6 there is scattered cultivation, of rice, maize
lucerne, and dates, the plots being surrounded by tamarisk:
g K 0W + th ; Jr^ 8 ^ iS CaI 1 led and the population is
about 6,000. There are large numbers of buffaloes, cows and
sheep. . .
At mile 8, site of old Basrah; and 3 miles off the track in
a direction south-west by west, is Zlibair, a well -bu It town
situated on slightly elevated ground with a ridge of broken ground'
to the north.west, north, and north-east. Small quantities of
supplies, a bazar, no fodder, 4 or 5 wells of good water In the
time of the. Euphrates flood a water channel, which approaches
the northern end of the town of Zubair, from the direction of
Basrah, contains 2 feet of water.
The route turns north-east. It then crosses an open barren
plain. The soil is light brown, hard, and dusty ; it is free from
stones. From mile 6 to mile 10 the route runs in a depression
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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.

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1 volume (425 folios)
Arrangement

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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English in Latin script
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