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'Routes in Arabia' [‎109] (142/852)

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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. 30—con^.
7 ABU JIFAN .. 125m. A journey of five
— caravan days to the
165 m. west across a water
less desert. Shortly after leaving 'Awaisah the route runs
through the track known as Ghuwar ; and then that of Na'alah.
The halting place at stage 3 would be in the Wadi Faruq.
At stage 4 the eastern edge of the "Dahanah would bo reach
ed. After crossing that desert for 2 days the route enters the
'Urmah plain early in stage 7.
This variant joins the Variant A, and also the main route,
t Sa'ad in the vicinity of Abu Jifan.
At Abu Jifan there arc 15 wells with sweet water at 18 feet.
/S'ee Main Route Xo. 30.
10 RIYADH .. 63 m. See main Route
No. 30.
228 m.
261 miles. 11 stages.
Authorities. —W. G. Palgrave, November and December
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.
General Description. —An unfrequented route across general
ly level desert until the district of Kharj is entered, after which
the country becomes very undulating. Wadi Faruq, stage 3,
is a labyrinth of sandhills ; but between it and stage 4, there is
a firm gravelly plain over which the going is very good. The
Dahanah desert, with its great ridges of deep, yielding sand,
is invariably crossed by as Jong marches as possible.

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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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