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'Persian Gulf Gazetteer, Part II: Geographical and descriptive materials, Section II: Western Side of the Gulf' [‎58v] (116/280)

The record is made up of 1 volume (138 folios). It was created in 1904. 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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SHAJIJ (KHOR).—There is a small village with several towers in this
inlet. Inhabitants are Mehaneda (?). Inlet had (1856) from to 2J fathoms
in it.
SHEER (UMM AL).—Pearl-bank (?) off Ras Laffan.
SHIKOH —Inland place between Euairit and Bidaa with fresh spring.
Jasim was building fort here in 1886.
SMAITH (AL BU).—Tribe at Bidaa (?). No particulars.
SON DAN.—Tribe mentioned in 1887 as subject to Chief of Katar. Is
this misprint for Soudan below ?
SOUDAN.—Tribe with headquarters at Sharga on Pirate Coast, but
represented in 1885 by about 80 men at Bidaa abo. Kemball (1845) called
them the principal inhabitants of Bidaa.
SWEISIMA.—Place in Katar where the pirate Ahmad bin Selman was
residing in 1902.
THAEIN.—Place in Katar Peninsula where piracy was committed by
Al.mad bin Selman in 1902.
THARUF (ABU).—Village on north-west const of Katar. Also called
Zaluf (?;. Before 1856 contained about 50 men of A1 Bu Kuwara tribe.
TIIOWEIHA.—Small port near Odaid.
URAIR.—Tribe on account of differences with whom Chibisa left Bidaa
for Khor Hasan some time before 1873.
WAJBAH.—Place where there is water, between Wahra and Bidaa, 4
hours from Wakra.
AVAKRA.—Rising town on east coast of Katar, south of Bidaa. In
1845 numbered 250 houses and 500 to 600 fighting men. Inhabitants were
Boo Ejman emigrants from Bidaa. Is close to beach; has now 12 towers, many
boats and perhaps 1,000 inhabitants. One mile to south is Jebel Wakra 85
feet high. Native bo\ts run close up to town at high water, either over or
through reef. Vessel, even of small draft, cannot anchor nearer town than 2
miles. Palgrave (1863) described Wakra as independent of Bidaa and other
towns; and as thriving and more cheerful in appearance than Bidaa, to which
it was equal in size. Distance was less than 10 miles from Bidaa and coast
roid, which passed through bleak and barren country, was safe for travellers.
Several small traders and artisans were settled here.
TAMIL—Village on north-west coast of Katar, 4 miles north-east of
Khor Hasan.
YUSUFIYA.—Village on north-west coast of Katar, 3 miles north-east of
Khor Hasan. Before 1856 had about 50 inhabitants of mixed tribes, all
ZAAYEN.—Or Dhaayen. Near Samaisma between Bidaa and Khor
Shajij. Jasim went to reside and built fort here in 1887,
ZAEDEE (AL).—Tribe. No particulars.
ZAKHEERAH.-^-Place visited by Jasim in 1886. He came by boat from
Bidaa and then went by land to Khor Shajij. Is this same as Dhakira above ?
^ZAKHNUNIYA,.— Island adjoining mainland south of Bahrein. Length
4 miles ; has fort and village. There is shallow channel between it and
mainland. Before 1856 it had 400 inhabitants of Alassar tribe.
ZILA.—Inland place, south of Odaid, where Jasim talked of settling in
. ZUBARA—Formerly important town, represented in 1898 by extensive
rums. Stood on east side of bay enclosed by Ras Ashiraj. Palgrave speaks
o it as largest of island (sic) towns and only one of territorial importance,
lior to 1856 it had ceased to exist as a town but fine Neidi horses were still
embarked here. Formerly it had considerable trade.
ZUROOF (ABOO).—See Manamaneh, Is this same as Tharuf above ?

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The volume, marked confidential, is 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. Gazetteer, Part II: Geographical and descriptive materials, Section II: Western Side of the Gulf , compiled by John Gordon Lorimer, and includes the printing statement 'G. C. Press, Simla - No. C-912 F. D. - 17.11.04 - 30 - J. D.'. The volume begins with notes from the author, dated 14 November 1904, and is then divided into five subsections, as follows:

A - Trucial Chiefs' Territory

B - Katar [Qatar]

C - Bahrein [Bahrain]

D - Hasa

E - Koweit [Kuwait]

Each subsection, organised alphabetically by name, contains a variety of geographical information, including towns and villages, districts, physical geography, tribes and tribal sub-sections, wells, and forts.

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1 volume (138 folios)

A list of contents is given on the front cover and folio 3, with reference to the original pagination. Each sub-section is ordered alphabetically.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 140; 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. Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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