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'Routes in Arabia' [‎146] (179/852)

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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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R ottte N o . 38— condd.
feet high and 25 yank apart. The route then crosses a br< ad
p lain between hiUs to Jabal-an-Nur at mile 35. It then runs
along a stone tridi bed past gardens, houses, and coffee shops.
At mile 40 Mecca, a town of 50,000 to 60,000 permanent
inhabitants and a large floating population, situated in a nar-
gterile vallev in the heart of a ma a* of rough, barren hills.
Good water is tolerably plentiful from a large falaj, but the
water from the wells is generally salt- Ihe housesjare of dark-
grev stone, many three storeys high, and the streets are broad,
but unpaved. Xhere is a hospital for poor people. The
bdzfirs are large and well-stocked, out all supplies are import
ed. The town is unwalled. but the neighbouring hills, if pro
perly defended, would form barriers of considerable strength
against an enemy.
ROUTE No. 39.
477 miles. 1% stages. •
Authorities. —C. M. Doughty. 1878.
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. —This route is parallel to the Kuwait-
Mecca route through Buraidah and is distant from it onh a
few miles south-eastwards. It was traversed by Doughty in 1878
and by Huber in 1S84 ; an analysis of Doughty'? stages to the
point where they become identical with those of Route No. 40
is given below. Disputes with Bedouins as to the use of the
wells give less trouble on this route, but the watering places
are further apart and are not so good as on the Buraidah-
Mecca line. The journey is not to bo undertaken, in summer
at least, without considerable hardship from scarcity of
water. The large samn caravans which go from Anaizah to

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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)

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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