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'Routes in Arabia' [‎525] (558/852)

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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. l&q—contd.
At m. 16. Al-Baharah, a coSee hut and well; the water is not
g00 AV m 21 Al-Far'iyah, a coffee hut and well.
t L vflky opens out ^nd the hills oa both ades increase
24, Al-Baharah (No. 2), a village of some 20 hnts with
wells both sweet and brackish, and a small bazar.
Between this and Haddah a small hill with rnins on it is
^ At m. 28, Haddah, a few small huts and eoilee houses. Water
is brought from a well about half a mile away.
o MFfCA .. 26 m. ' East bysouth. The
route lies over sand
~T7 and clay soil.
54 m. ,.
At m. 3 the route enters hilly country.
At m 6 Shamaisah, a coffee hut. , . , i a
The route runs in a broad valley, covered with deep sand.
At m. 12 Qahwat Salim, a coffee hut anci we .
At m. 22i there is a small walled date garden. Here a by
road branches off, circles Mecca and joins Route Ixo. 132,
^ IeC At" rn n 23^ ^h^pfain ^of ^haikiT Mahnra d is entered Ui*
path. On the top of the ridge there are two watch towers, ihe
^ A?rn^efMenca, a town of about 70,000 inhabitants, situat
ed in a narrow, sterile valley in the heart of a mass of roug.i
barren hills. During the Hajj week there are sometimes half a
million visitors. The streets are fairly wide and clean. Tlw
houses are nearly all three or four storeys high. The principal
markets are roofed, and there are some good shops but all sup
plies are imported. There is a hospital for poor people, i he omy
true welHn Mecca is one in the Haram called 2emzem which
is 40 ft deep and contains brackish and unpleasant wate..
The main supply of the town is derived from springs at Mount
Arafat The water is brought to Mecca by a conduit whici
runs through the town subterraneously, and is tapped at mter-
vak ^y pUs resembling wells. The water -drawers are a special

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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.

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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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