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'Routes in Arabia' [‎218] (251/852)

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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. 57— contd.
distance from it in ordor to avoid the boulders lying close under
the hill. The country here is a level stony plain stretching away
to the Hajar Range on the west, an i studded with mimosa bushes
and acacia
During the cold-weather months shepherds wander about
this plain with their flocks.
At mile 18 Haflt, consisting of throe separate, but almost
contiguous villages.
•5 D H A N K .. 45 m. At first south by
m The route lies
through country similar to that in stage 1. The vegetation,
however, diminishes, but as the wells of Muffyah are approached
the mimosa bushes and acacia trees reappear and gradually
become more plentiful.
At mile 19 Mufiyah, a nomad village of 150 inhabitants.
There are some sheep and goats.
About 4 miles to the south lies Sanayah, another of these
nomad villages; beyond stretcher the plain, covered with
mimosa bushes, as far as the eye can reach, but at no great
distance merging into the Ruba'-al-Khali.
The route continues over similar countrv.
A mile 3.3, Buzaili, a nomad village of 200 inhabitants.
The water-supply is from wells. There are sheep and goats.
The route turns east, and continues over similar country.
At mile 45 Dhank, a, town of 3,500 inhabitants. There is an
upper town of 5 quarters and 400 houses on a ridge, and a lower
town of 7 quarters and 300 houses. Each quarter is separately
Availed. In one of the upper quarters there is a large castle. The
houses are mostly built of sun-dried bricks. The bazar is insig
nificant. The water-supply is from a rapid stream, which
flows along one side of a low, rocky ridge, dividing the two
quarters of the town. There are also wells; 14 horses, 80
camels, 250 donkeys, 350 cattle, 1,100 sheep and goats, 3,500
ate palms. Wheat, lucerne, limes, and pomegranates are
MAZUM .. 4 ni. From Dhank the
route runs south-west
'' . in order to clear
spur thrown out into the plain from the main range. The point

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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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