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'Routes in Arabia' [‎653] (684/852)

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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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R oute N o . 184— cAmtd.
3 DUSDYARI .. 18 m. After leaving Nahr-
wan the country is
54 m . desert and boggy in
wet weather ; mile | from Nahrwan, road across desert to
Kirkuk branches off. At mile J irrigation channel 5 feet wide
by 4 feet deep. At mile If second canal 90 yards wide by
13 feet deep ; some grass on south-east side in bed of cana ,
water channel in bed of canal 6 feet deep and 8 feet wide ; steep
sides; difficult for wheels. At mile 'U on right is village^ of
Abu Tamar ; desert continues ; a little cultivation on right ;
road bogoy in wet weather all way from Nahrwan ; character
of desert, "soft crumbling clay. At 5 miles irrigation channel
10 feet deep by 14 feet wide, direction north-east and south
west ; narrow palm-tree bridge 2 feet wide ; at 9 miles leave
telegraph line and turn half-right ; a little cultivation on left;
at 10 miles several irrigation channels on right, about / feet
deep and 12 feet wide ; at 11 miles track again turns lial
right; at 13 miles reach bank of Khalis canal, 50 feet wide and
8 feet deep, banks about 4 feet above the water; a few water-
lifts ; cultivation on left bank ; very little on right bank ; cross
several outlets of the canal, average depth 8 feet and width
about 15 feet; continue passing atid crossing these cuts until
Seraiio is reached on right. Many date gardens enclosed by
mud walls. About 100 houses ; several flocks of sheep, about
300 sheep and about 30 horses. After Seraijo continue for
about a mile through walled gardens; road very tortuous
until Dusdyari is reached. Khalis canal runs between
Serai jo and Dusdyari, current about 2 miles an hour ; general
direction south-west; canal winds a great ca . us \ ar
has date gardens, with mud walls, and about 100 houses,
4 SWA1NAH .. 16 m. After leaving Dus
dyari follow right
m bank of canal; several
water cuts for first 3 miles, about 10 feet deep and 15 feet
wide ; small palm-tree bridges ; cultivation on both banks o
canal; canal very tortuous, navigable for large boats ; water-
cuts impassable for wheeled traffic ; one was at least 20 feet
deep and 16 feet wide. At mile 3^ Arab village, mud huts, on

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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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