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'Routes in Arabia' [‎672] (703/852)

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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 . 185— contd.
where I camped. This plain is known as Shergut, distinct from
the fort of Shergut, which is about 5 miles further south. Sheep
grazing on this plain, 200 : some nomad Arabs up the valley on
the right.
4 'AIN SHABABIT .. 5 m. Short march owing
to heavy rain. Leave
m * Shergut, direction
south by west, road good but sandy, along alluvial plain skirting
hill (100 feet high) on right, 200 to 300 yards off. At 2 miles
meet hills on right: on left river 1 mile off. At 4 miles up to
the point skirt low hills on right but without crossing them,
but now cross a very low spur and enter open plain 1 mile long
by i mile wide, at end of this plain cross a small nullah 20 feet
wide by 5 feet deep (a little rain water) and then turn half-right
into hills. Rain water here in pools : soil sandy, camp good, water
fair, but limited, enough for 12 horses and 50 men, 100 sheep
5 SHAR AMIYAH 38 m. Shergut fort (so-
called) is on the
103 m. i e f^ f ron ^ 0 f cam p .
it is a ruined fort about miles from 'Ain Shababit and com-
mands the river at this point. It is on the site of a large mound,
which is apparently the remains of a ruined city. Leaving 'Ain
Shababit the road goes nearly south with a little west in it,
and immediately enters low hills 60 to 100 feet high: the road
is good and sandy; it winds through these low hills for 2 miles,
when the summit is reached : near the top it is difficult for guns
and apparently no detour possible. When the summit is reached
the road is flat and good ; sandy; it passes along the reverse slope
of these lulls (Jebel Chanuka in Kiepert's map) ; the slope is
gentle, gradually descending diagonally till the valley at the
bottom is reached : it then crosses this valley almost at right
ang os. The further half of the valley contains several deep
and steep nullahs, average about 50 feet deep and 100 feet wide.
As the road ascends the opposite slope the ground is raviney.
road wind8 "P and down these ravines till 11 miles, when the
summit is reached ; during the ascent the road is rocky for about
i mile8 P assm g over outcrops of marble. The "road keeps
filong the top of these hills, the country being raviney and
broken on bqtb sides. This range (which is called Jabal Hamrin

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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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English in Latin script
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