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'Routes in Arabia' [‎100] (133/852)

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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. 29— mnUl.
towards Hofuf, Tiio distance can bo covered in three days,
but caravans take longer.
Water. —A sufficiency, but it is of indifferent quality. Very
abundant in the Hasa Oasis.
Fuel. —Sufficient for ordinary caravans.
Fodder. —Camel grazing throughout. Grass plentiful in
spring throughout the last stage.
Supplies.—Nil, except at Qa tif and Hofuf.
No. of stage I
and total I Details,
distance, i
QATIF .. The town of Qatif
consists of a kut, or
fortified quarter, and
a long bazar outside but connected with it ; and besides these
there are seven suburban villages. The total population of
Qatif town, inclusive of these suburbs, is about 10,000 souls.
The fort measures about 400 yards by 300 yards, and consists
of a bastioned wall some 30 feet high. It stands almost upon
the beach, and contains about 700 houses, of which the major
ity are of stone, though some are mere huts. There are no
shops inside the fort. The old Turkish Government offices stand
in one corner, and a conspicuous minaret in another. In 1908 it
it also contained a garrison of about 50 Turkish soldiers furnish
ed by the battalion at 'Anik, about four miles south-south-east
of Qatif town. There were also from 20 to 30 zaptiehs. The
bazar is roofed and contains about 300 shops. Water is from
springs, and is plentiful. Supplies are very limited. Amongst
the exports are dates, date syrup (usually known as dibs),
firewood, and reeds. The imports include rice, coffee, sugar,
wheat, and unhusked rice. There are 13 pearl boats.
1 JIDWAI .. 2G in. Across a low-lying
— sandy plain.
26 m. At mile 6, Lajam,
a walled village of 50 mud and stone houses in the centre of
a detached, cultivated area. Its springs are 'Aqaq and Buddi.
The track then enters Biyadh.
At Jidwai three wells, and 3 miles to the east are the wells
and camping grounds of Muni fah.

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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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