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'Routes in Arabia' [‎772] (803/852)

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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 . 202— contd.
4 hours above Quwair). On the Tigris, just below the Makhlat,
there is something approaching a rapid ; and at the tail of this
there is a ferry with a small boat.
At 2 hours 16 minutes we pass the village of Makhlat ; it is
on the right bank and consists of about 20 houses of 'Ajl Jibur.
The village is immediately followed by a gravel island, and our
raft takes the left hand channel. In this channel we descend
the biggest rapid we have yet encountered. From here to
Duwaizat, a place about a mile further on, low and insignificant
cliffs follow the left bank ; they seem to be of different kinds of
stone, mostly a conglomerate.
At 2 hours 26 minutes there are sunken rocks at the left bank,
making troubled water.
At 2 hours 37 minutes we reach Duwaizat, a village of 50
houses of Jibur on the left bank. Opposite to it, on the right
bank, is Talui-ash-Shok, :50 houses of Jibur. A small island has
its head between these two villages, and on both sides the banks
down stream appear low. The average width of the Tigris
stream thus far, as has been perhaps 200 to 250 yards ; much
greater breadths will hereafter be met with.
At 2 hours 55 minutes the river, here about 500 yards broad,
again divides ; wo take the loft hand channel. Immediately
afterwards we see on the left hand, about f of a mile inland, the
village of Hasan Tashqal, 100 houses of Jibur.
At 3 hours 3 minutes, after the island on our right has ended,
is Manqubah, a village of 25 houses of Jibur. Two minutes
later cliffs again appear within about half a mile of the right
bank, and the Qarah Ch jgh hills show up to the east bv
At 3 hours 9 minutes we pass the important village of Tall-
ash-Sha ir on the left bank. It consists of about 200 houses of
Jibar Arabs, and there are some 20 shops. The mud houses
here, and in this part of the country generally, are like small
European cottages with gable roofs. There is no Turkish official
at iall-ash-Sha'ir, only an Arab Shaikh who is responsible for
the safety of rafts passing this way, and who collects a due of 1
to 1|- Majidis from each. Tall-ash-Sha'ir is a river port from
wnich grain bought at Shamamak is shipped. This grain
tormerly went to Musal, but now goes to Baghdad; I presume
that it comes from the plain of Arbll. It is stated that in an ordi
nary year about 1,000 Kiliks, carrying 12,000 tons of grain, leavR

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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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