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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. I' [‎449] (468/1050)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (523 folios). It was created in 1917. 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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i „^„ V ff Uag0 '"^clhramaut'IC or west-north -west from Shihair, and lying
just off one of the routes leading to Shibam. g
Bt> JlBIR—
According to Hunter's Map of Arabia, Bii Jabir is a station on the Hejaz railway
and situated about 21 miles west-north-west from Al-Madinah.
b C biyin—
P.,^ir g f e ' + . l01, ™' Sland, ^ b , 0 . Ut i. 6 m ; les in lc!1 S th b y 12 in breadth, at the north-western
"Arab and from^T " i >I a K 0r Trt bd divides 11 from tlle nlout,h 0 f the Shatt-al-
q.V. v, / Turkish Arab Khor Bubiyan from the island of Warbah, and Klior-
as-Sabiyah from the possessions of the Shaikh of Kuwait north of Kuwait Bay. The
eastern-most point (or nearly so) of Bubiyan is called Ras-al-Qaid ; the southern point.
7 mdes north-north-west from Failakah island, is known as Ras-al-Barshah. The Land
v!!" 0 , T 3 • 0r V geS ' and 13 destitut e of fresh water. The northern end of it is
ilZjT a 13 sometimes broken in upon by the sea; the south end also
w partially overflowed at high water In summer some of the 'Awazim of Kuwait visit
Bubiyan and eatch fish upon its north-eastern coast by means of tidal weirs or Hadhrahs-
and, chiefly on this ground, the Shaikh of Kuwait claims the island as his property A
storehouse, guarded by a small military detachment under an officer, was established
by the Turks near Ras-al-Qaid in 1902. e usneci
bttbiyan (khor)—
See 'Abdullah (Khor).
A Nahiyah of the Dlwanlyah Qadha {q.v.).
BUDAIR (A l ) (T ribe)—
See Irak (Turkish),
A town on the coast of Bahrain Island near its north-western corner • it stretches for
about a mile along the sea and is about 300 yards deep. It consists of 3 quarters named
Fanq-al- Amamarah, Fariq-an-Dam and Fariq-al-Budaiya' : of these the last is^he
oldest southernmost. Fariq-al-Budaiya' is adjoined on the north by Fariq-ad Di5m
which stands on Ras Budaiya' or Budaiya' point; and Fariq-ad-Dam is adioined in its'
turn by Fariq-al- Amamarah on the east. Waste spaces which divided these Quartet
have now entirely disappeared. There are a considerable number of stone houses in
eluding 5 or 6 buildings of solid masonry with upper storeys, besides a large number of
reed huts ; and Fariq-al-Budaiya' contains a tower. The inhabitants of Budaiya' are
all Sunnis, comprising Dawasir (800 houses), 'Amamarah (100 houses), Huwaiah
houses), free negroes (200 houses) and a large number of negro slaves (perhaps 4*0
houses). The total population is estimated at 8,000 souls. The Budaiya' and Da™
quarters are mostly Dawasir; their water supply is from wells in the date plantations
of Diraz and Bani the Jamrah villages ; that of the quarter of the 'Amamarah is from a
well a little to the east of their houses. Most of the people are engaged in the pearl
fisheries. Over 100 boats, some of considerable size, are owned here ; they are 11 Bat'l
10 Baqarahs, 56 Shu'ais and Sambuks and 37 Mashuwahs and jollyboats • of these 57
are used for pearling. Livestock include 2 horses, 55 donkeys and 25 cattle There are
3 day schools kept by Mullas. The internal administration of the place is conducted
by the Shaikh of the Dawasir without any interference from the Shaikh of Bahrain.
BUDAIYA' (F ak I q-al)—
See Budaiya*.
BUDAIYA' (R as-al)—
See Budaiya*.
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Volume I of III of the Gazetteer of Arabia. The Gazetteer is alphabetically-arranged and this volume contains entries A through to J.

The Gazetteer is an alphabetically-arranged compendium of the tribes, clans and geographical features (including towns, villages, lakes, mountains and wells) of Arabia that is contained within three seperate bound volumes. The entries range from short descriptions of one or two sentences to longer entries of several pages for places such as Iraq and Yemen.

A brief introduction states that the gazetteer was originally intended to deal with the whole of Arabia, "south of a line drawn from the head of the Gulf of 'Aqabah, through Ma'an, to Abu Kamal on the Euphrates, and to include Baghdad and Basrah Wilayats" and notes that before the gazetteer could be completed its publication was postponed and that therefore the three volumes that now form this file simply contain "as much of the MSS. [manuscript] as was ready at the time". It further notes that the contents have not been checked.

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1 volume (523 folios)
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Foliation: This volume's foliation system is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio.

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