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'Routes in Arabia' [‎365] (398/852)

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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. 99 —contd.
of ground prepared for cultivation on which a small camp might
be pitched.
2 BIR AWADAIN .. 16 m. The road runs north
• over a sandy plain
26 m. to BIr Jabir, a collec
tion of huts where four roads meet. There are two wells with a
good and plentiful supply of water ; a little milk and a few fowls
and sheep are procurable. The road now turns towards the
north-east as far as BIr Awadain. The road so far is fairly
good, mostly over hard ground through thick clumps of furze
bushes, but here and there sand hills have to be crossed. At
Bir Awadain there is one well of indifferent water. No supplies.
3 HARUR 10 m. The road now runs
— north across the desert,
36 m. the going not being
good owing to heavy sand drifts. Near the bank of the Wadi
Suhaibiyah firm soil is reached. Several branches of this wddi
are crossed before reaching Harur, a village of about 50
houses situated at the base of the hills where there is a good
deal of cultivation and plenty of flood water from the wddis
around. There are three wells of good and plentiful water.
Rice, jowdri, dates and karbi can be had in plenty.
4 MIS AN A .. 10 m. The road runs north-
east; very good going
46 m. over a gravel soil with
acacia trees scattered along the track. It crosses several wddis,
tributaries of the Wadi Bana. The road now approaches the
hills and runs for a couple of miles along the foot of the low
range at the e st end of which lies Misana, on the right bank of
the Wadi Bana.
There is a good alternative route which leaves this track at
about m. 3, from Harur towards the north-east, and after cross
ing the Wadi Bana reaches Al-Husn, m. 8, whence it turns north
to Misana m. 3; total 11 miles. Misana is situated on a level
grassy plain at the fcot of the hills, surrounded by very fertile
country which presents the appearance of being periodically
flooded. There are two wells with a fiJr supply of good water ;
also running water in the Wadi Bana, and a spring about ^ mile
from the village. Grain and karbi are procurable and forage is

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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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