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'Routes in Arabia' [‎149] (182/852)

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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 oute N o. 39—contd.
3 FARQAIN .. 15 m. South by west.
The route passes over
gg country similar to that
in stage 2. From here onwards the ground gradually rises.
At mile 5 Rukkah, a square fort and some brackish wells.
Jabal 'Umri, a conspicuous mountain of basalt is passed
on the west of the route.
At mile 15 Jabal Farqain.
4 ASH-SHI'AB .. 25 m. South by west.
The route passes over
93 m. high steppes at an ele
vation of about 4,200 feet covered with hillocks and sharp rocks.
At mile 8 Jabal Mini'ah is passed on the east of the route.
At mile 12 the wells of Ghul; they are masonry lined and
contain good water at 12 feet. There are desert shrubs, acacia
trees, and good pasturage {Nasi grass).
At mile 25 Ash-Shl'ab, a basaltic hill with a watering place
called Kabshan.
The whole of this desert upland bears pasturage and a few
acacia trees. It receives annual rains.
5 UMM-AL-MASH- 25 m. South by west.
A'IB. The route passes over
118 m. the same high country,
but basalt beigns to predominate over granite.
There are some desert trees.
At mile 25 Umm-al-Masha'ib. No water.
6 'AFIF .. ..30 m. South by west.
The route passes over
148 m. open country with many
acacia trees. At mile 7 Jabal Nir is passed on the east of the
At mile 30 "Afif, an ancient dry masonry-lined well with
brownish, but not disagreeable, water at 60 feet situated in a
hollow surrounded by low basalt hills. The supply is held to be
sufficient for 2,500 people. There is plenty of coarse pasturage.

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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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English in Latin script
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