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'Gazetteer of Arabia Vol. I' [‎491] (522/1050)

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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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See Khalid (Wadi Bani).
A section of the Wida'in division of tlio Dawasir {q.r*) tribe found at Mathnah, in
See Tigris ; a looality on the left bank, a little above the half-way point between
Shaikh Sa'ad and 'Ali-al-Gharbi.
BEMAN (A hl)—
One of the tribes of the Kaur-al-And ilia range in western Hadhramaut. The route
between Dakhlah and Nisab crosses the Kaur by the Tulh pass, and within striking
distance of this pass, and about 8 miles to the west on the crest of the Kaur, is the
triple fighting tower of Deman, the headquarters of the Ahl Deman and one of the
strongholds of the Kaur.
A junction on the Hejaz Railway 76'4 miles from Damascus. It has a large two-
storeyed stone station building, covered goods station, with a platform 50 yards long
for loading trucks, and a small yard leading on the Haifa-Dera'a road. Approaches
easy, with good metalled road to village, which is situated on the far side of a deepish
ravine, one mile to the south-west, and contains 400 houses. The station also contains
4 miles of siding and 2 dead ends, about 1,800 yards in all, two water tanks each with
a capacity of 5,600 gallons, supplied from a good well by means of a steam pump, engine
sheds and repairing shops. Also a coal loading platform with a small reserve of 20 tons
of coal. Part of the corn trade of Hauran comes through this place, and it also boasts
of a good stone restaurant near the station, kept by a Qre^k.^MaunseU: Murphy.
The name by which the sharp bend in the Tigris at Mantaris, between Qal'at Salib
and Ezra's Tomb, is known to Europeans. It is about 7 or Sjmiles above Ezra's Tomb.
A patch of desert in south-western Najd, in the neighbourhood of Jabal Sija, near
which the Hajj routes from Qasim and 'Aridh join. Doughty describes Adh-Dha'aikah
as a circuit of desert in the way between Al Qasim and Mecca, plain without bergs, of
mixed earth, and good pasture, with an altitude of 4,100 feet. Like the adjacent desert
called Shiffa, it is considered by some to form part of the larger tract of Hazam-ar-Raji.
Huber says that when he crossed Adh-Dha'aikah in June, 1884, it was covered in dhum-
rdn and nasi grass,
A village on the eastern coast of Qatar about 20 miles north of D5hah. It is closely
connected with the village of Sumaismah, which is distant from it only about 1 mile
westwards. Dha'ain consists of about ISO houses, mostly of Al Bu Kuwarah with some
of Hamaidat and a few of Madhahakah. ~ About 70 pearl boats belong to the place,
besides 10 trading vessels and 10 fishing boats. Transport animals are 10 horses and
60 camels. Drinking water is from 'Awainat Bin-Husain, 6 miles inland.--(
of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .)
DHA'AN (U mm)—
See Qatar; Interior of. See also Abu Dhaluf.
A coastal village in Hejaz about 30 miles southward from Muwailah, with which it is
connected by a very fair road. Near the latter town, however, there is a defile so narrow
that two camels cannot pass through abreast. Dhaba is on the southern side of Sharm

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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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