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'Routes in Arabia' [‎425] (458/852)

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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. 113.
Authorities. —Military Report, 1905,
Arabia: the Cradle of Islam, by Rev. S. M.
Arab Tribes in the Vicinity of Aden.
General rescript ion. —General direction north-west. Pass
able for all arms except wheeled artillery. For camel transport
throughout. There are long and trying stretches of sand in the
first two stages. A fairly easy route for transport up the wind
ing Wadi Ma 'din, which is, however, commanded by the mountain
between Sanawi and Mafalis (stage 5). The alternative route
{q. v.) would be better in case of hostilities. This route was
followed by the Subaihi Column in 1904
Very little information after stage 6, but the route passes
through mountainous and fertile country.
Wcuter. —Waterless stretches of desert in the first two stages.
The supply till Kuhlan (stage 4) is reached is brackish and would
not suffice for more than battalion with transport. There is
none at eamp, stage 1. After stage 4 abundant and good. No
information after Mafalis, stage o, but there should be plenty as
the country is very fertile.
Fud. —Scanty in stages 1 and 3. Plentiful in stages 2, 4 and
.5 and probably onwards.
Forage and Grazing.—Scanty till stage 4. Abundant in 5
-and probably onwards.
SupjJie&~~h\ small quantities from villages till Kuhlan, stage
4. Abundant in stage 5, and probably onwards.
841 miles {approx.).
6 stages (or 7 stages).
1— CAMP (at
junction of road
ISA m. from Wabt).
18 m.
18J m. See Route No. 102.
The track runs
west over road
from Waht.

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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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