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'Routes in Arabia' [‎605] (638/852)

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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. 177— contd.
Alteunativk Stages.
(a) Via Blr-ath-Thamad. —The road to 'Aqabah via BIr-ath
Thamad is about two miles longer. It leaves the main track five
miles short of Bir Abu Muhammad and goes on to Ath-Thamad,
where there is a well 12 feet deep, which never runs dry. Track
turns north from here and joins main route north of Jabal Risha
about six miles beyond Bir Abu Muhammad.
(b) Via Ar-Ralui Pass.—A fair road runs from Shatt to Bir Mu-
baiyuk, where there is a large quantity of water. It then zigzags
for 17 miles up the Wadi-ar-Raha and south up the Wadi Khahail
for 2J miles to the edge of the escarpment. Steep incline into
Wadi Sudr impassable for wheels. Unlimited supply of water
at 'Ain Sudr ; after that no more water till Nakhl is reached.
Route joins the Hajj road and the telephone line 10 miles from
(c) Via Wddi Siuir. —Another route follows the Sinai caravan
track to ' Ayun Musa, where there is a very good supply of water.
It then enters the Wadi Sudr, which is very steep and rocky ;
the remainder of the route is fit for all arms.

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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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'Routes in Arabia' [‎605] (638/852), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/16/3, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 August 2019]

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