'Routes in Arabia'  (510/852)
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. 128 (b)—contd.
The route leaves Beha amidst crops and, emerging from thin
bush, passes a low range of hills which culminate in a peak
known as Kubbah, an old shrine 1,000 yards to the left of the
road at mile 3. From here the route, bearing generally east,
enters a "broad, level plain (good going) skirted by the Dam
and Bura ranges on the right, between which flows the Siham,
a big wddi that drains the far-distant hills of Bani Matar, and
holds perennial water in its upper reaches. Along its valley
is an alternative route to Sana'a for camels that cannot tackle
the gradients of the Manakhah road.
At mile 14, there are several villages and some crops wide
of the road to the left.
At mile 17, the route approaches within a mile of Sihan gorge,
and then turns due east towards 'Obal, crossing at mile 19 the
broad, steep, stony valley known as WaiiMadkhal (or Hadal);
and at mile 21, Wadi 'Obal, a similar v&lley. Both thess valleys
have stony banks 200 feet high, up and down which zigzags a
difficult route. In each case there is an alternative route for
guns, which leads off to the left of the caravan track just before
reaching each valley, and rejoins it on the other side. The road
passes at mile 22, through 'Obal, a town of 1,000 inhabitants,
with telegraph and post offices which are to be removed to
After leaving r Obal the route turns north-e ast across two
small ravines that drain down from the western slopes of Safan
into the Sihan. Good going, through thin bush, the road being
skirted close on the left by the foothills of Safan.
At mle 24, cultivation begins; loamy soil; road liable to
wash-outs at this point during summer thunderstorms.
At mile 26 the route crosses deep, well-wooded ravine
running down from Safan and passing through well cultivated
land dotted with park-like timber.
Ascends at mile 274- a low, stony, plateau on which stands
Hajailah at mile 28.
Hajailah is a town of 1,500 inhabitants. There is a small
market for general supplies held once a week. Water-supply
limited ; there is one well in a small ravine east of the town;
supply often inadequate in the winter. Supplies consist of
dhurrah, maize, and other cereals ; fresh vegetables from Safan
^nd liverstpek from the district. Good fodder,
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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.
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- 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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