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'Routes in Arabia' [‎70] (103/852)

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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. 20—contd.
2 RAFIDHiyAH .. 16 m. See Route No. 18,
Ku wait- Basrah.
31 m.
3 BASRAH .. 14 m. See Route No. 18'
45 m.
ROUTE No. 21.
{Via Hafar direct.)
332 miles. 13 stages.
Authorities. —Major S. G. Knox, January, 190G.
Captain W. H. I. Shakespear, February,
Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Gazetteer 1908.
Native information.
General Description. —A camel-track crossing successively
the tracts of Kabaidah, Shaqq, and Dibdibah. After passing
through the Shaqq valley the route traverses a sterile and
featureless plain and crosses the almost imperceptible ridge
ol Al-Musannah, which runs obliquely across the route during
stage 5. The route runs from Kuwait either via At-Towil
avc II s . at mile 25, to Khabrat-ad-Dawish, at mile 60,
or via Subaihiyah wells, at 33 miles, to Khabrat-ad-Dawish
at mile 63, and thence to Abul Hiran at mile 90. There is very
seldom water at Abul Hiran. This direct route to Hafar is
nev er used by caravans, and only occasionally by despatch
riders. From the water-hole of Abul Hiran to Hafar is about
7() mile?, the stage being broken wherever desired. During this
latter portion of the journey there are no landmarks to trave
by and experienced guides must therefore be taken.

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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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