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'Routes in Arabia' [‎155] (188/852)

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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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Houte No. 41— conld.
' *attnj
! nfft
was traversed in 1819 by Sadlier with at least 250 Turkish troops.
Water. —There is no water at stages 8 and 9 ; it is only ob
tainable at stage 6 after rain- Between Hanakiyah (Stage 10)
and A1 Madinah it is only found once.
Fuel. —Desert bushes are probably to be found along all
Fodder. —Coarse grazing is probably to be had along all
Supplies. —Obtainable at Buraidah and al Madinah, and pos
sibly at Bass (Stage 2).
No. of stage
and total
BURAIDAH A town of 10,000
inhabitants. It has a
strong mud wall with
square towers at intervals, a'd at the north end a large, but not
lofty, fort, also with towers. The houses are of clay, many
of them of two storeys, and the streets are broad. There is a
hdzcir of some 300 shops, and a horse and two cattle markets.
The water-supply, generally dull and brackish, is from wells
20—40 feet deep, lined with dry masonry. Cereals, dates, and
fruit are cultivated. The date belt is very extensive and lies
to the south of the town ; it is full of wells of good water, on
which the irrigation depends. Lucerne is raised in large quan
tities among the palms.
There are 60 horses, 1,000 camels, 200 donkeys, and 600
Camels for transport are usually hired from the Bedouins
as those of the town are employed on the wells.
1 SHABIBiYXH .. 18 m. South by west. The
— route runs over loose
18 m. sand, and at mile 11
enters the Wadi-ar-Rummah, which contains tamarisk growth
and desert bushes. The subsoil water is brackish. At mile 18
Shablbiyah, a corn-growing tract with about a dozen enclosures
inhabited by cultivators from ' Anaizah. Water is good and

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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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