ARABIA , apeninsula in the south-west of
See also:Asia, lying between 340 30' and 12° 45' N., and 32° 30' and 6o° E., is bounded W. by the Red
See also:Sea, S. by the Gulf of
See also:Aden and the
See also:Indian Ocean, and E. by the Gulf of
See also:Oman and the Persian Gulf . Its
See also:northern or
See also:land boundary is more difficult to define; most authorities, however, agree in taking it from El Arish on the Mediterranean, along the
See also:southern border of
See also:Palestine, between the Dead Sea and the Gulf of
See also:Akaba, then bending northwards along the Syrian border nearly to Tadmur, thence eastwards to the edge of the
See also:Euphrates valley near
See also:Anah, and thence south-east to the mouth of the Shat el Arab at the
See also:head of the Persian Gulf,—the boundary so defined includes the northern
See also:desert, which belongs geographically to Arabia rather than to
See also:Syria; while on the same grounds
See also:Mesopotamia and
See also:Irak, although occupied by an Arab population, are excluded . In shape, the peninsula forms a rough trapezium, with its greatest length from
See also:north-west to south-east . The length of its western side from
See also:Port Said to Aden is 1500 m.; its
See also:base from the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb (or Bab al Mandab) to
See also:Ras el Had is 1300 m., its northern side from Port Said to the Euphrates 600 m.; its
See also:area approximately 1,200,000 sq. m . GEOGRAPHY General Features.—In general terms Arabia may be described as a
See also:plateau sloping gently from south-west to north-east, and attaining its greatest
See also:elevation in the extreme south-west . The western escarpment of the plateau rises steeply from the Red Sea littoral to a height of from 4000 to 8000 ft„ leaving a narrow
See also:belt of
See also:lowland rarely exceeding 30 M. in width between the
See also:shore and the
See also:foot-hills . On the north-east and east the plateau shelves gradually to the Euphrates and the Persian Gulf; only in the extreme east is this general easterly slope arrested by the lofty range of
See also:Jebel Akhdar, which from Ras Musandan to Ras el Had
See also:borders the
See also:coast of Oman . Its chief characteristic is the bareness and aridity of its
See also:surface; one-third of the whole desert, and of the
See also:remainder only a small proportion is suited to settled
See also:life, owing to its scanty
See also:water-supply and uncertain rainfall . Its mountains are in-sufficient in elevation and extent to attract their full
See also:share of the monsoon rains, which fall so abundantly on the Abyssinian
See also:highlands on the other side of the Red Sea; for this reason Arabia has neither lakes nor forests to
See also:control the water-supply and prevent its too rapid dissipation, and the
See also:rivers are mere torrent beds sweeping down occasionally in heavy floods, but otherwise dry . The
See also:country falls naturally into three
See also:main divisions, a northern, a central and a southern; the first includes the area between the
See also:Midian coast on the west and the head of the Persian Gulf on the east, a desert
See also:tract throughout, stony in the north, sandy in the south, but furnishing at certain seasons excellent pasturage; its population is almost entirely nomad and pastoral . The central zone includes
See also:Hejaz (or Hijaz),
See also:Nejd and El
See also:Hasa; much of it is a dry, stony or sandy steppe, with few
See also:wells or watering-places, and only occupied by nomad tribes; but the
See also:great wadis which intersect it contain many fertile stretches of alluvial
See also:soil, where cultivation is possible and which support a considerable settled population, with several large towns and numerous villages . The third or southern division contains the highland plateaus of
See also:Asir and
See also:Yemen in the west, and J .
Akhdar in the east, which with a temperate
See also:climate, due to their great elevation and their proximity to the sea, deserve, if any
See also:part of Arabia does, the name of Arabia Felix—the population is settled and agricultural, and the soil, wherever the rainfall is sufficient, is productive . The Batina coast of Oman, irrigated by the
See also:mountain streams of J . Akhdar, is perhaps the most fertile
See also:district in the peninsula;
See also:Hadramut, too, contains many large and prosperous villages, and the torrents from the Yemen highlands fertilize several oases in the Tehama (or Tihama) or lowlands of the western and southern coast . These favourable conditions of soil and climate, however, extend only a comparatively
See also:short distance into the interior, by far the larger part of which is covered bythe great southern desert, the Dahna, or Ruba el Khali, empty as its name implies, and uninhabitable . Exploration.—Before entering on a detailed description of the several provinces of Arabia, our
See also:sources of information will be briefly indicated . Except in the neighbourhood of Aden, no
See also:regular surveys exist, and professional
See also:work is limited to the marine surveys of the Indian
See also:government and the
See also:admiralty, which, while laying down the coast
See also:line with
See also:fair accuracy, give little or no topographical information inland . For the mapping of the whole vast interior, except in rare cases, no data exist beyond the itineraries of explorers, travelling_as a
See also:rule under conditions which precluded the use of even the simplest
See also:instruments . These journeys, naturally following the most frequented routes, often cover the same ground, while immense tracts, owing to their difficulty of
See also:access, remain unvisited by any
See also:European . The region most thoroughly explored is Yemen, in the south-west corner of the peninsula, where the labours of a succession of travellers from Niebuhr in 1761 to E .
See also:Glaser and R . Manzoni in 1887 have led to a fairly
See also:complete knowledge of all that part of the province west of the capital
See also:Sana; while in 1902–1904 the operations of the Anglo-
See also:Turkish boundary commission permitted the execution of a systematic topographical survey of the
See also:protectorate from the Red Sea to the
See also:Wadi Bana, 30 M. east of Aden . North of Yemen up to the Hejaz border the only authority is that of E .
F . Jomard'smap, published in 1839, based on the information given by the French
See also:officers employed with
See also:Pasha's army in Asir from 1824 to 1827, and of J . Halevy in Nejran . On the south coast expeditions have penetrated but a short distance, the most notable exceptions being those of L . Hirsch and J . T . Bent in 1887 to the Hadramut valley . S . B .
See also:Miles, J . R . Wellsted, and S .
M . Zwemer have explored Oman in the extreme east; but the interior south of a line
See also:drawn from Taif to El Katr on the Persian Gulf is still virgin ground . In northern Arabia the Syrian desert and the great Nafud (Nefud) have been crossed by several travellers, though a large area remains unexplored in the north-east between Kasim and the gulf . In the centre, the journeys of W . Palgrave, C . Doughty, W . Blunt and C .
See also:Huber have done much to elucidate the main
See also:physical' features of the country . Lastly, in the north-west the
See also:Sinai peninsula has been thoroughly explored, and the
See also:list of travellers who have visited the
See also:Holy Cities and. traversed the main
See also:pilgrim routes through Hejaz is a fairly long one, though, owing to the difficulties
See also:peculiar to that region, the hydrography of southern Hejaz is still incompletely known . The
See also:story of
See also:modern exploration begins with the despatch of C . Niebuhr's
See also:mission by the Danish government in 1761: After a
See also:year spent in
See also:Egypt and the Sinai peninsula Modern the party reached Jidda towards the end of 1762, and Exp;oraafter a short stay sailed on to Lohaia in the north of in Yemen, the exploration of which formed the
See also:principal Yemen.
See also:object of the expedition; thence, travelling through the Tehama or lowlands, Niebuhr and his companions visited the towns of
See also:Bet el Fakih, Zubed and
See also:Mokha, then the great port for the
See also:trade of Yemen . Continuing eastward they crossed the mountainous region and reached the highlands of Yemen at Uden, a small
See also:town and the centre of a district celebrated for its coffee .
Thence proceeding eastwards to higher altitudes where coffee plantations give way to
See also:fields of wheat and
See also:barley, they reached the town of Jibla situated among a
See also:group of mountains exceeding 10,000 ft. above sea-level; and turning southwards* to Taiz descended again to the Tehama via Hes and Zubed to Mokha . The mission, reduced in numbers by the
See also:death of its archaeologist, von Haven, again visited Taiz in
See also:June 1763, where after some delay permission was obtained to visit Sana, the capital of the province and the residence of the ruling
See also:sovereign or
See also:imam . The route
See also:lay by Jibla, passing the foot of the lofty Jebel Sorak, where, in spite of illness,
See also:Forskal, the botanist of the party, was able to make a last excursion; a few days later he died at Yarim . The mission continued its
See also:march, passing Dhamar, the seat of a university of the Zedi
See also:sect, then frequented by Soo students . Thence four
See also:marches, generally over a stony plateau dominated by
See also:bare, sterile mountains, brought them to Sana, where they received a cordial welcome from the imam, el
See also:Mandi Abbas . The aspect of the city must have been nearly the same as at
See also:present; Niebuhr describes the
See also:enceinte flanked by towers, the citadel at the foot of J . Nukum which rises r000 ft. above the valley, the fortress and palace of the imams, now replaced by the Turkish military hospital, the suburb of Bir el Azab with its scattered houses and gardens, the Jews' quarter and the
See also:village of Rauda, a few miles to the north in a fertile, irrigated plain which Niebuhr compares to that of
See also:Damascus . After a stay of ten days at Sana the mission set out again for Mokha, travel-
See also:ling by what is now the main route from the capital to
See also:Hodeda, through the
See also:rich coffee-bearing district of J . Haraz, and thence southward to Mokha, where they embarked for India . During the next year three other members of the party died, leaving Niebuhr the
See also:sole survivor . Returning to Arabia a year later, he visited Oman and the shores of the Persian Gulf, and travelling from Basra through Syria and Palestine he reached Denmark in 1764 after four years'
See also:absence . The
See also:period was perhaps specially favourable for a scientific mission of the sort .
The outburst of fanaticism which convulsed Arabia twenty years later had not then reached Yemen, and Europeans, as such, were not exposed to any
See also:special danger . The travellers were thus able to move freely and to pursue their scientific enquiries without hindrance from either
See also:people or ruler . The results published in 1772 gave for the first
See also:time a comprehensive description not only of Yemen but of all Arabia; while the parts actually visited by Niebuhr were described with a fulness and accuracy of detail which
See also:left little or nothing for his successors to discover . C . G . Ehrenberg and W . F . Hemprich in 1825 visited the Tehama and the islands off the coast, and in 1836 P . E . Botta Asir. made an important
See also:journey in southern Yemen with a view to botanical
See also:research, but the next advance in
See also:geographical knowledge in south Arabia was due to the French officers, M . O . Tamisier, Chedufau and Mary, belonging to the
See also:Egyptian army in Asir; another Frenchman, L .
See also:Arnaud, formerly in the Egyptian service, was the first to visit the southern Jauf and to
See also:report on the
See also:rock-cut inscriptions and ruins of Marib, though it was not till 1869 that a competent archaeologist, J . Halevy, was able to carry out any
See also:Mariana Mario. complete exploration there . Starting from Sana, Halevy went north-eastward to El Madid, a town of 5000 inhabitants and the capital of the small district of Nihm; thence
See also:crossing a plateau, where he saw the ruins of numerous crenellated towers, he reached the village of Mijzar at the foot of J .
See also:Yam, on the borders of Jauf, a vast sandy plain, extending eastwards to El Jail and El Hazm, where Halevy made his most important discoveries of Sabaean inscriptions: here he explored Main, the
See also:ancient capital of the Minaeans, Kamna on the
See also:banks of the W . Kharid, the ancient Caminacum, and Kharibat el Beda, the Nesca of Pliny, where the Sabaean army was defeated by the Romans under Aelius
See also:Gallus in 24 B.C . From El Jail Halevy travelled northward, passing the
See also:oasis of Khab, and skirting the great desert, reached the fertile district of Nejran, where he found a colony of Jews, with whom he spent several
See also:weeks in the oasis of Makhlaf . An
See also:hour's march to the east he discovered at the village of Medinat el Mahud the ruins of the Nagra metropolis of
See also:Ptolemy . In June 187o he at last reached the
See also:goal of his journey, Marib; here he explored the ruins of Medinat an Nahas (so called from its numerous inscriptions engraved on brass plates), and two
See also:hours to the east he found the famous
See also:dam constructed by the Himyarites across the W . Shibwan, on which the water-supply of their capital depended . One other explorer has since visited Marib, the
See also:Austrian archaeologist, E . Glaser (1855-1998), who achieved more for science in Yemen than any traveller since Niebuhr . Under Turkish
See also:protection, he visited the territory of the Hashid and Bakil tribes north-east of Sana, and though their hostile attitude compelled him to return after reaching their first important town, Khamr, he had time to reconnoitre the plateau lyingbetween the two great wadis Kharid and Hirran, formerly covered with Himyaritic towns and villages; and to trace the course of these wadis to their junction at El Ish in the Dhu Husen country, and thence onward to the Jauf .
In 1889 he succeeded, again under Turkish escort, in reaching Marib, where he obtained, during a stay of
See also:thirty days, a large number of new Himyaritic inscriptions . He was unable, however, to proceed farther east than his predecessors, and the problem of the Jauf drainage and its possible connexion with the upper part of the Hadramut valley still remains unsolved . The earliest attempt to penetrate into the interior from the south coast was made in 1835 when Lieuts . C . Cruttenden and J . R . Wellsted of the " Palinurus," employed on the marine survey of the Arabian coast, visited the ruins Explora- lion In of Nakb (el Hajar) in the W . Mefat . The Himyaritic Hadramut. inscriptions found there and at Husn Ghurab near Mukalla, were the first records discovered of ancient Arabian
See also:civilization in Hadramut . Neither of these officers was able to follow up their discoveries, but in 1843 Adolph von
See also:Wrede landed at Mukalla and, adopting the character of a pilgrim to the
See also:shrine of the
See also:prophet Hud, made his way northward across the high plateau into the W . Duwan, one of the main southern tributaries of the Hadramut valley, and pushed on to the edge of the great southern desert; on his return to the W . Duwan his disguise was detected and he was obliged to return to Mukalla .
Though he did not actually enter the main Hadramut valley, which lay to the east of his track, his journey established the existence of this populous and fertile district which had been reported to the officers of the " Palinurus " as lying between the coast range and the great desert to the north . This was at last visited in 1893 by L . Hirsch under the protection of thesultan of Mukalla, the head of the Kaiti
See also:family, and practically ruler of all Hadramut, with the exception of the towns of Saiyun and
See also:Tarim, which belong to the Kathiri tribe . Starting like von Wrede from Mukalla, Hirsch first visited the W . Duwan and found ancient ruins and inscriptions near the village of Hajren; thence he proceeded north-eastward to Hauta in the main valley, where he was hospitably received by the Kaiti sultan, and sent on to his
See also:deputy at Shibam . Here he procured a Kathiri escort and pushed on through Saiyun to Tarim, the former capital . After a very brief stay, however, he was compelled by the hostility of the people to return in haste to Shibam, from which he travelled by the W.
See also:Ali and W . Adim back to Mukalla . J .
See also:Theodore Bent and his wife followed in the same track a few months later with a well-equipped party including a surveyor, Imam Sharif,
See also:lent by the Indian government, who made a very valuable survey of the country passed through . Both parties visited many sites where Himyaritic remains and inscriptions were found, but the hostile attitude of the natives, more particularly of the Seyyids, the religious hierarchy of Hadramut, prevented any adequate examination, and much of archaeological
See also:interest undoubtedly remains for future travellers to discover . In Oman, where the conditions are more favourable, explorers have penetrated only a short distance from the coast .
Niebuhr did not go inland from
See also:Muscat; the operations by a British Indian force on the Pirate coast in 1810 gave BxpinIn ora• tio no opportunities for visiting the interior, and it was Oman, not till 1835 that J . R . Wellsted, who had already tried to penetrate into Hadramut from the south, landed at Muscat with the idea of reaching it from the north-east . Sailing thence to Sur near Ras el Had, he travelled southward through the country of the Bani bu Ali to the borders of the desert, then turning north-west up the Wadi Betha through a fertile, well-watered country,
See also:running up to the southern slopes of J . Akhdar, inhabited by a friendly people who seem to have welcomed him everywhere, he visited Ibra, Semed and Nizwa at the southern foot of the mountains . Owing to the disturbed state of the country, due to the presence of raiding parties from Nejd, Wellsted was unable to carry out his
See also:original intention of exploring the country to the west, and after an excursion along the Batina coast to Sohar he returned to India . In 1876 Colonel S . B . Miles, who had already done much to advance geographical interests in south Arabia, continued Wellsted's work in Oman; starting from Sohar on the Batina coast he crossed the dividing range into the Dhahira, and reached Birema, one of its principal oases . His investigations show that the Dhahira contains many settlements, with an industrious agricultural population, and that the unexplored tract extending 250 M. west to the peninsula of El Katr is a desolate gravelly steppe, shelving gradually down to the
See also:salt marshes which border the shores of the gulf . Leaving southern Arabia, we now come to the centre and north . The first explorer to enter the sacred Hejaz with a definite scientific object was the Spaniard, Badia y ExPI°ra- Leblich, who, under the name of Ali Bey and daiming Hon la to be the last representative of the Abbasid Caliphs, He/He/as .
arrived at Jidda in 18o7, and performed thepilgrimage to
See also:Mecca . Besides giving to the
See also:world the first accurate descrip-, tion of the holy city and the Haj ceremonies, he was the first to
See also:fix the position of Mecca by astronomical observations, and to describe the physical character of its surroundings . But the true
See also:pioneer of exploration in Hejaz was J . L . Burckhardt, who had already won a reputation as the discoverer of
See also:Petra, and whose experience of travel in Arab lands and knowledge of Arab life qualified him to pass as a Moslem, even in the headquarters of
See also:Islam . Burckhardt landed in Jidda in
See also:July 1814, when Mehemet Ali had already driven the WahMbi invaders out of Hejaz, and was preparing for his farther advance against their stronghold in Nejd . He first visited Taif at the invitation of the pasha, thence he proceeded to Mecca, where he spent three months studying every detail of the topography of the holy places, and going through all the ceremonies incumbent on a Moslem pilgrim . In
See also:January 1815 he travelled to Medina by the western or coast route, and arrived there safely but broken in
See also:health by the hardships of the journey . His illness did not, however, prevent his seeing and recording everything of interest in Medina with the same care as at Mecca, though it compelled him to cut short the further journey he had proposed to himself, and to return by Yambu and the sea to Cairo, where he died only two years later . His striking successor,
See also:Burton, covered nearly the same ground thirty-eight years afterwards . He, too, travelling as a Moslem pilgrim, noted the whole ritual of the pilgrimage with the same keen observation as Burckhardt, and while amplifying somewhat the latter's description of Medina, confirms the accuracy of his work there and at Mecca in almost every detail . Burton's topographical descriptions are
See also:fuller, and his march to Mecca from Medina by the eastern route led him over ground not traversed by any other explorer in Hejaz: this route leads at first south-east from Medina, and then south across the
See also:lava beds of the Harra, keeping throughout its length on the high plateau which forms the borderland between Hejaz and Nejd .
His original intention had been after visiting Mecca to find his way across the peninsula to Oman, but the time at his disposal (as an Indian officer on leave) was insufficient for so extended a journey; and his further contributions to Arabian geography were not made until twenty-five years later, when he was deputed by the Egyptian government to examine the reportedgold deposits of Midian . Traces of ancient workings were found in several places, but the ores did not contain gold in paying quantities . Interesting archaeological discoveries were made, and a valuable topographical survey was carried out, covering the whole Midian coast from the head of the Gulf of Akaba to the mouth of the Wadi Hamd, and including both the Tehama range and the Hisma valley behind it; while the importance of the W . Hamd and the extent of the area drained by its tributaries was for the first time brought to
See also:light . Burckhardt had hoped in 1815 that the advance of the Egyptian expedition would have given him the opportunity to see something of Nejd, but he had already left BxPi°ra- Arabia before the overthrow of the Wahhabi power ° in Ne/a. by Ibrahim Pasha had opened Nejd to travellers from Hejaz, and though several European officers accompanied the expedition, none of them left any record of his experience . It is, however, to the Egyptian
See also:conquest that. the first visit of a British traveller to Nejd is due . The Indian government, wishing to enter into relations with Ibrahim Pasha, as de facto ruler of Nejd and El Hasa; with a view to putting down piracy in the Persian Gulf, which was seriously affecting Indian trade, sent a small mission under Captain G . F . Sadlier to congratulate the pasha on the success of the Egyptian arms, and no doubt with the ulterior object of obtaining a first-
See also:hand report on the real situation . On his arrival at Hofuf, Sadlier found that Ibrahim had already left Deraiya, but still hoping to intercept him befose quitting Nejd, he followed up the retreating Egyptians through Yemama, and Wushm to Ras in Kasim, where he caught up the main
See also:body of Ibrahim's army, though the pasha himself had gone on to Medina . Sadlier hesitated about going farther, but he was unable to obtain a safe conduct to Basra, or to return by the way he had come, and was compelled reluctantly to accompany the army to Medina . Here he at last met Ibrahim, but though courteously received, the interview had no results, and Sadlier soon after left for Yambu, whence he embarked for Jidda, and after another fruitless attempt to treat with Ibrahim, sailed for India .
See also:political results of the mission were nil, the value to geographical science was immense; for though no geographer himself, Sadlier's route across Arabia made it possible for the first time to locate the principal places in something like their proper relative positions; incidentally, too, it showed the practicability of a considerable body of regular troops crossing the deserts of Nejd even in the months of July and
See also:August . Sadlier's route had left Jebel Shammar to one side; his successor, G . A . Wallin, was to make that the
See also:objective of his journey . Commissioned by Mehemet Ali to inform him about the situation in Nejd brought about by the rising power of Abdallah
See also:Ibn Rashid, Wallin left Cairo in
See also:April 1845, and crossing the pilgrim road at Ma'an, pushed on across the Syrian desert to the Wadi Sirhan and the Jauf oasis, where he halted during the hot summer months . From the wells of Shakik he crossed the waterless Nafud in four days to Jubba, and after a
See also:halt there in the nomad camps, he moved on to
See also:Hail, already a thriving town, and the capital of the Shammar state whose limits included all northern Arabia from Kasim to the Syrian border . After a stay in Hail, where he had every opportunity of observing the character of the country and its inhabitants, and the hospitality and patriarchal, if sometimes stern,
See also:justice of its chief, he travelled on to Medina and Mecca, and returned thence to Cairo to report to his
See also:patron . Early in 1848 he again returned to Arabia, avoiding the long desert journey by landing at Muwela, thence striking inland to Tebuk on the pilgrim road, and re-entering Shammar territory at the oasis of Tema, he again visited Hail; and after spending a
See also:month there travelled northwards to
See also:Kerbela and
See also:Bagdad . The effects of the Egyptian invasion had passed away, and central Arabia had settled down again under its native rulers when W . G . Palgrave made his adventurous journey through Nejd, and published the remarkable narrative Ba1grare a which has taken its place as the classic of Arabian tto oar°eyeNJd. exploration . ' Like Burton he was once an officer in the Indian army, but for some time before his journey he had been connected with the Jesuit mission in Syria .
By training and temperament he was better qualified to appreciate and describe the social life of the people than their physical surroundings, and if the results of his great journey are disappointing to the geographer, hisaccount of the society of the oasis towns, and of the remarkable men who were then ruling in Hail and Riad, must always possess an absorbing interest as a portrait of Arab life in its freest development . Following Wallin's route across the desert by Ma'an and Jauf, Palgrave and his
See also:companion, a Syrian Christian, reached Hail in July 1862; here they were hospitably entertained by the amir Talal,
See also:nephew of the founder of the Ibn Rashid
See also:dynasty, and after some stay passed on with his countenance through Kasim to southern Nejd . Palgrave says little of the desert part of the journey or of its Bedouin inhabitants, but much of the fertility of the oases and of the civility of the townsmen; and like other travellers in Nejd he speaks with
See also:enthusiasm of its bright, exhilarating climate . At Riad, Fesal, who had been in power since the Egyptian retirement, was still reigning; and the religious tyranny of Wahhabism prevailed, in marked contrast to the liberal regime of Talal in Jebel Shammar . Still, Palgrave and his companions, though known as Christians, spent nearly two months in the capital without molestation, making short excursions in the neighbourhood, the most important of which was to El Kharfa in Aflaj, the most southerly district of Nejd . Leaving Riad, they passed through Yemama, and across a
See also:strip of sandy desert to El Hasa where Palgrave found himself in more congenial surroundings . Finally, a voyage to the Oman coast and a brief stay there brought his adventures in Arabia to a successful ending .
See also:Charles Doughty, the next Englishman to visit northern Arabia, though he covered little new ground, saw more of the Doughty. desert life, and has described it more minutely and faithfully than any other explorer . Travelling down from Damascus in 1875 with the Haj
See also:caravan, he stopped at El Hajr, one of the pilgrim stations, with the intention of awaiting the return of the caravan and in the meantime of exploring the rock-cut tombs of Medain Salih and El
See also:Ala . Having successfully completed his investigations and sent copies of inscriptions and drawings of the tombs to
See also:Renan in
See also:Paris, he determined to push on farther into the desert . Under the protection of a
See also:sheikh of the Fukara Bedouin he wandered over the whole of the border-land between Hejaz and Nejd . Visiting Tema, where among other ancient remains he discovered the famous inscribed
See also:stone, afterwards acquired by Huber for the Louvre .
Next summer he went on to Hail and thence back to Khaibar, where the
See also:governor and townsmen, less tolerant than his former Bedouin hosts,
See also:ill-treated him and even threatened his life . Returning to Hail in the absence of the amir, he was expelled by the governor; he succeeded, however, in finding protection at Aneza, where he spent several months, and eventually after many hardships and perils found his way to the coast at Jidda . Three years later Mr
See also:Wilfrid and
See also:Lady Anne Blunt made their expedition to J . Shammar . In their previous travels in Syria they had gained the confidence and friendship of a
See also:young sheikh whose family, though long settled at Tadmur, came originally from Nejd, and who was anxious to renew the connexion with his kinsmen by seeking a
See also:bride among them . In his
See also:company the Blunts set out from Damascus, and travelled across the Syrian desert by the Wadi Sirhan to Jauf . Here the sheikh found some of his relations and the matrimonial'
See also:alliance was soon arranged; but though the object of the journey. had been attained, the Blunts were anxious to visit Hail and make the acquaintance of the amir Ibn Rashid, of whose might and generosity they daily heard from their hosts in Jauf . The long stretch of waterless desert between Jauf and J . Shammar was crossed without difficulty, and the party was welcomed by the amir and hospitably entertained for a month, after which they travelled north-wards in company with the Persian pilgrim caravan returning to Kerbela and Bagdad . In 1883 the French traveller, C . Huber, accompanied by the archaeologist, J . Euting, followed the same route from Damascus Huber. to
See also:HAI .
The narrative of the last named forms a valuable supplement to that published by the Blunts, and together with Doughty's, furnishes as complete a picture as could be wished for of the social and political life of J . Shammar, and of the general nature of the country . Huber'sjournal, published after his death from his original notes, contains a mass of topographical and archaeological detail of the greatest scientific value: his routes and observations
See also:form, in fact, the first and only scientific data for the construction of the. map of northern Arabia . To archaeology also his services were of equal importance, for, besides copying numerous inscriptions in the district between Hail and Tema, he succeeded in gaining possession of the since famous Tema stone, which ranks with the Moabite stone among the most valuable of Semitic inscriptions . From (fail Huber followed nearly in Doughty's track to Aneza and 11 . 9thence across central Nejd to Mecca and Jidda, where he despatched his notes and copies of inscriptions . A month later, in July 1884, he was murdered by his guides a few marches north of Jidda, on his way back to Hail . One other traveller visited Hail during the lifetime of the amir Mahommed—Baron E . Nolde—who arrived there in 1893, not long after the amir had by his victory over the combined forces of Riad and Kasim brought the whole of Nejd under his dominion . Nolde crossed the Nafud to Haiyania by a more
See also:direct track than that from Shakik to Jubba . The amir was away from his capital settling the affairs of his newly acquired territory; Nolde therefore, after a short halt at Hail, journeyed on to Ibn Rashid's
See also:camp somewhere in the neighbourhood of Shakra . Here he was on new ground, but unfortunately he gives little or no description of his route thither, or of his journey northwards by the Persian pilgrim road, already traversed by Huber in 1881 .
His narrative thus, while containing much of general interest on the climate and on theanimal life of northern Arabia, its horses and camels in particular, adds little to those of his predecessors as regards topographical detail . If the journeys detailed above be traced on the map they will be found to cover the northern
See also:half of the peninsula above the line Mecca-Hofuf, with a network of routes, Qeneral which, though sometimes separated by wide intervals, results are still close enough to ensure that no important of ex-geographical feature can have been overlooked, ploration• especially in a country whose general character varies so little over wide areas . In the southern half, on the other hand, except in Nejran and Jauf, no European traveller has penetrated too m. in a direct line from the coast . The vast extent of the Dahna, or great southern desert, covering perhaps 250,000 sq. m., accounts for about a third of this area, but some of the most favoured districts in Arabia—Asir and northern Yemen—remain unexplored, and the hydrography of the Dawasir
See also:basin offers some interesting problems, while a great
See also:field remains for the archaeologist in the seat of the old Sabaean
See also:kingdom from Jauf to the Hadramut valley . Topographical Details.—Beginning from the north-west, the Sinai peninsula belongs to Egypt, though geographically part of Arabia . It is bounded on the E. by a line drawn from Ar Rafa, !a . Sinan few miles E. of El Arish on the Mediterranean, to the head Penla- of the Gulf of Akaba; and on the W. by the
See also:Suez Canal; suns. its length from El Arish to its most southern point is 240 m., and its breadth from Suez to Akaba is nearly 16o m . The greater part drains to the Mediterranean, from which the land rises gradually to the
See also:summit of the Tih plateau . The deep depression of Wadi Feran separates the Tih from the higher mass of Sinai (q.v.), in which J . Katherine attains a height of 85oo ft.; except in W . Feran there is little cultivable land, the greater part consisting of bare, rocky hills and sandy valleys, sparsely covered with
See also:tamarisk and
See also:acacia bushes . The Egyptian pilgrim road crosses the peninsula from Suez to Akaba, passing the
See also:post of An Nakhl, with a
See also:reservoir and a little cultivation, about half way; a steep descent leads down from the edge of the Tih plateau to Akaba .
See also:rest of the northern borderland is covered by the Syrian desert, extending from the borders of Palestine to the edge of the Euphrates valley . This tract, known as the Hamad, is a sydan gravelly plain unbroken by any considerable range of hills desert: or any continuous watercourse except the Wadi Hauran, which in
See also:rainy seasons forms a succession of pools from J . Hauran to the Euphrates . Its general slope is to the north-east from the volcanic plateau of the Harra south of J . Hauran to the edge of the Euphrates valley . The Wadi Sirhan, a broad depression some 500 ft. below the
See also:average level of the Hamad, crosses it from north-east to south-west between Hauran and Jauf; it has a nearly
See also:uniform height above sea-level of 185o ft., and appears to be the
See also:bed of an inland sea rather than a true watercourse . Water is found in it a few feet below the surface, and a little cultivation is carried on at the small oases of Kaf and Ithri, whence salt produced in the neighbouring salt lakes is exported . The W . Sirhan is continuous with the depression known as the Jauf, situated on the northern edge of the Nefud or Nafud, and the halfway station between Damascus and Hail; and it is possible that this depression continues eastward towards the Euphrates along a line a little north of the thirtieth parallel, where wells and pasturages are known to exist . Jauf is a small town consisting, at the time of the Blunts' visit in 1899, of not more than 500 houses . The town with its gardens, surrounded by a mud
See also:wall, covers a space of a m. in length by half a mile. in width; the basin in which it lies is barely 3 M. across, and except for the palm gardens and a few patches of corn, it is a dead
See also:flat of II 258
See also:white sand, closed in by high
See also:sandstone cliffs, beyond which lies the open desert . The oases of Sakaka and Kara are situated in a similar basin 15 m. to the east; the former a town of io,000 inhabitants and somewhat larger than Jauf according to Huber .
A short distance south of Jauf the character of the desert changes abruptly from a levelblack expanse of
See also:gravel to the red sands of the The Nafud . The northern edge of this great desert follows Nahrd. very nearly the line of the thirtieth parallel, along which it extends east and west for a length of some 400 m.; its breadth from north to south is 200 M . Though almost waterless, it is in fact better wooded and richer in pasture than any part of the Hamad; the sand-hills are dotted with ghada, a
See also:species of tamarisk, and other bushes, and several
See also:grasses and succulent
See also:plants —among them the adar, on which
See also:sheep are said to feed for a month without requiring water—are found in abundance in
See also:good seasons . In the
See also:spring months, when their camels are in milk, the
See also:Bedouins care nothing for water, and wander far into the Nafud with their flocks in
See also:search of the
See also:green pasture which springs up everywhere after the winter rains . A few wells exist actually in the Nafud in the district called El Hajra, near its north-eastern border, and along its southern border, between J . Shammar and Tema, there are numerous wells and artificial as well as natural reservoirs resorted to by the nomad tribes . Owing to the great extent of the Nafud desert, the formation of sand-
See also:dunes is exemplified on a proportionate scale . In many places,
See also:longitudinal dunes are found exceeding a
See also:day's journey in length, the valleys between which take three or four hours to
See also:cross; but the most striking feature of the Nafud are the high
See also:crescent-shaped sand-hills, known locally as falk or falj, described by Blunt and Huber, who devoted some time to their investigation . The falks enclose a deep hollow (known as ka'r), the
See also:floor of which is often hard soil bare of sand, and from which the inner slopes of the falk rise as steeply as the sand will lie (about 50°) . On the summit of the falk there is generally a
See also:mound known as tas or barkhus composed of white sand which stands out conspicuously against the deep red of the surrounding deserts; the exterior slopes are comparatively Fentle . The falks are singularly uniform in shape, but vary greatly in
See also:size; the largest were estimated by Huber and Euting at I+m. across and 330 ft. deep . They run in strings irregularly from east to west, corresponding in this with their individual direction, the
See also:face of the falk being towards the west, i.e. the direction of the prevailing
See also:wind, and the cusps to leeward .
In the south of the Nafud, where Huber found the prevailing wind to be from the south, the falks are turned in that direction . Though perhaps subject to slight changes in the course of years, there is no doubt that these dunes are practically permanent features; the more prominent ones serve as landmarks and have well-known distinctive names . The character of the vegetation which clothes their slopes shows that even superficial changes must be slight . The general level of the Nafud was found by Huber's observations to be about 3000 ft. above sea-level ; the highest point on the Jauf-Hail route is at Falk Alam, the rocky peaks of which rise 200 or 300 ft. above the surface of the sand . Other peaks cropping out of the Nafud are Jebel Tawil, near the wells of Shakik, and J . Abrak Rada, a long black
See also:ridge in the
See also:middle of the desert . The high plateau which from J . Hauran southward forms the main
See also:watershed of the peninsula is covered in places by deep beds of lava, The which from their hardness have preserved the underlying Hama. sandstones from degradation, and now stand up consider- ably above the general level . These tracts are known as harra; the most remarkable is the Harrat El Awerid, west of the Haj route from Tebuk to El Ala, a mountain mass Too m. in length with an average height of over 5000 ft., and the highest summit of which, J . Anaz, exceeds 7000 ft . The harra east of Khaibar is also of considerable extent, and the same formation is found all along the Hejaz border from Medina to the Jebel el Kura, east of Mecca . The surface of the harra is extremely broken, forming a labyrinth of lava crags and blocks of every size; the whole region is sterile and almost waterless, and compared with the Nafud it produces little vegetation; but it is resorted to by the Bedouin in the spring and summer months when the air is always fresh and cool .
In winter it is
See also:cold and
See also:snow often lies for some time . Hejaz, if we except the Taif district in the south, which is properly a part of the Yemen plateau, forms a well-marked physical division, Hejaz. lying on the western slope of the peninsula, where that slope is at its widest, between the Harra and the Red Sea . A high range of granite hills, known as the Tehama range, the highest point of which, J . Shar, iri Midian, exceeds 6500 ft., divides it longitudinally into a narrow littoral and a broader upland zone 2000 or 3000 ft. above the sea . Both are generally bare and unproductive, the uplands, however, contain the fertile valleys of Khaibar and Medina, draining to the Wadi Hamd, the principal
See also:system of western Arabia; and the Wadi Jadid or Es Safra, rising Tn the Harra between Medina and Es Safina, which contain several settlements, of which the principal produce is
See also:dates . The
See also:quartz reefs which
See also:crop out in the granite ranges of the Tehama contain traces of gold . These and the ancient copper workings were investigated by Burton in 1877 . The richer
See also:veins had evidently been long ago worked out, and nothing of sufficient value to justify further outlay was discovered . The coast-line is fringed with small[GEOGRAPHY islets and shoals and reefs, which make navigation dangerous . The only ports of importance are Yambu and Jidda, which serve respectively Medina and Mecca; they depend entirely on the pilgrim
See also:traffic to the holy cities, without which they could not exist . The great central province of Nejd occupies all inner Arabia between the Nafud and the southern desert . Its northern part forms the basin of the Wadi Rumma, which, rising in the Nejd .
Khaibar harra, runs north-eastward across the whole width of Nejd, till it is lost in the sands of the eastern Nafud, north of Aneza . The greater portion of this region is an open steppe, sandy in places and in others dotted withlow volcanic hills, but with occasional ground water and in favourable seasons furnishing support for a considerable pastoral population . Its elevation varies from about 5000 ft. in the west to 2500 ft. in the east . In Jebel Shammar, Kasim and Wushm, where the water in the wadi beds rises nearly to the ground level, numerous fertile oases are found with thriving villages and towns . Jebel Shammar, from which the northern district of Nejd takes its name, is a
See also:double range of mountains some 20 M. apart, rising sharply out of the desert in bare, granite cliffs . J . Aja, the western and higher of the two ranges, has a length of about Too m. from north-east to south-west, where it merges into the high plateau extending from and continuous with the Khaibar harra . The highest point, J . Fara, near its north-eastern extremity, is about 4600 ft. above sea-level, or 1600 ft. above the town of Hail, which, like most of the larger villages, lies along the wadi bed at the foot of JAja . The town, which has risen with the fortunes of the Ibn Rashid family to be the capital of Upper Nejd, is at the mouth of the valley between the twin ranges, about 2 M. from the foot of J . Aja, and contained at the time of Nolde's visit in 1893 about 12,000 inhabitants . The principal tributaries of the W .
Rumma converge in lower Kasim, and at Aneza Doughty says its bed is 3 M. wide from
See also:bank to bank .
See also:Forty years before his visit a
See also:flood is said to have occurred, which passed down the river till it was blocked by sand-drifts at Thuwerat, 5o m. lower down, and for two years a lake stood nearly Too m. long, crowded by waterfowl not known before in that desert country . Below this its course has not been followed by any European traveller, but it may be inferred from the line of watering-places on the road to
See also:Kuwet, that it runs out to the Persian Gulf in tha, neighbourhood . East of Kasim the land rises gradually to the high plateau culminating in the ranges of Jebel Tuwek and J . Arid . The general direction of these hills is from north-west to south-east . On the west they rise somewhat steeply, exposing high cliffs of white
See also:limestone, which perhaps gave Palgrave the impression that the range is of greater absolute height than is actually the case . J . Tuwek in any case forms an important geographical feature in eastern Nejd, interrupting by a transverse barrier 200 M. in length the general north-easterly slope of the peninusla, and separating the basin of the W . Rumma from that of the other great river system of central Arabia, the Wadi Dawasir . The districts of
See also:Sutler and Wushm lie on its northern side, Arid in the centre, and Aflaj . Harik and Yemama on its south, in the basin of the W .
Dawasir; the whole of this hilly region of eastern Nejd is, perhaps, rather a
See also:rolling down country than truly mountainous, in which high pastures alternate with deep fertile valleys, supporting numerous villages with a large agricultural population . The W . Hanifa is its principal watercourse; its course is marked by an almost continuous series of palm groves and settlements, among which Deraiya the former, and Riad the present, capital of the Ibn Saud kingdom are the most extensive . Its lower course is uncertain, but it probably continues in a south-east direction to the districts of El Harik and Yemama when, joined by the drainage from Aflaj and the W . Dawasir, it runs eastward till it disappears in the belt of sandy desert
See also:loo m. in width that forms the eastern boundary of Nejd, to reappear in the copious springs that fertilize El Hasa and the Bahrein littoral . As regards the unexplored southern region, Palgrave's informants in Aflaj, the most southerly district visited by him, stated that a day's march south of that place the Yemen road enters Unexthe W . Dawasir, up which it runs for ten days, perhaps p1,ored 200 m., to El Kura, a thinly peopled district on the 'orders reon of of Asir; this accords with the information of the French S . Nejd. officers of the Egyptian army in that district, and with that of Halevy, who makes all the drainage from Nejran northward run to the same great wadi . Whether there be any second line of drainage in southern Nejd skirting the edge of the great desert and following the depression of the W . Yabrin must remain a
See also:matter of conjecture . Colonel Miles concluded, from his enquiries, that the low salt swamp, extending inland for some distance from Khor ed Duwan, in the
See also:bay east of El Katr, was the outlet of an extensive drainage system which may well be continuous with the W . Yabrin and extend far into the interior, if not to Nejran itself .
East of Nejd a strip of sandy desert 50 m. in width extends almost continuously from the great Nafud to the Dahna . East of this again a succession of stony ridges running parallel to the coast Elms& has to be crossed before El Hasa is reached . This province, which skirts the Persian Gulf from the mouth of the Euphrates to the frontiers of Oman, is low and hot; its shores are flat, and with the exception of Kuwet at the north-west corner of the gulf, it possesses no deep water port . North of Katif it is desert and only inhabited by nomads; at Katif, however, and throughout the district to the south bordering on the Gulf of Bahrein there are ample supplies of underground water, welling up in abundant springs often at a high temperature, and bringing fertility to an extensive district of which El Hofuf, a town of 15,000 to 20,000 inhabitants, is the most important centre . South-western Arabia, from the twenty-first parallel down to the Gulf of Aden, including the Taif district of Hejaz, Asir and Yemen, South- forms one province geographically . Throughout its length western it consists of three zones, a narrow coastal strip, rarely Arabia. exceeding 20 m. in width, a central mountainous tract, embracing the greatchain which runs parallel to the coast from near Taif to within 5o m. of Aden, and an inner plateau falling gradually to the north-east till it merges in the Nejd
See also:steppes or the sands of the great desert . The lowland strip or Tehama consists partly of a gravelly plain, the Khabt, covered sparsely with acacia and other desert shrubs and trees, and furnishing pasturage for large flocks of goats and camels; and partly of sterile wastes of sand like the Ramla, which extends on either side of Aden almost from the seashore to the foot of the hills . The Tehama is, however, by no means all desert, the mountain torrents where they debouch into the plain have formed considerable tracts of alluvial soil of the highest degree of fertility producing in that warm equable climate two and even three crops in the year . The flood-water is controlled by a system of dams and channels constructed so as to utilize every drop, and the extent of cultivation is limited more by the supply of water available than by the amount of suitable soil . These districts support a large settled population and several considerable towns, of which Bet el Fakih and Zubed in the western and Lahej in the southern Tehama, with 4000 to 6000 inhabitants, are the most important . There are signs that this coastal strip was until a geologically
See also:recent period below sea-level; and that the coast-line is still receding is evidenced by the
See also:history of the town of Muza, once a flourishing port, now 20 M. inland; while Bet el Fakih and Zubed, once important centres of the coffee trade, have lost their position through the silting up of the ports which formerly served them . The jebel or mountain-land is, however, the typical Yemen, the Arabia Felix of the ancients .
Deep valleys winding through the barren foothillslead gradually up to the higher mountains, and as the track ascends the scenery and vegetation
See also:change their character; the trees which line the banks of the wadi are overgrown with creepers, and the running stream is dammed at frequent intervals, and led off in artificial channels to irrigate the fields on either side; the steeper parts of the road are paved with large stones, substantially built villages, with their
See also:masonry towers or days, crowning every height, replace the collection of mud walls and brushwood huts of the low country; while tier above tier, terraced fields cover the
See also:hill slopes and attest the
See also:industry of the inhabitants and the fertility of their mountains . On the main route from Hodeda to Sana the first coffee plantations are reached at Usil, at an altitude of 4300 ft., and throughout the western slopes of the range up to an altitude of 7000 ft. it is the most important crop . Jebel Haraz, of which Manakha, a small town of 3000 inhabitants is the chief place, is described by Glaser as one vast coffee
See also:garden . Here the traveller ascending from the coast
See also:sees the first example of the jebel or high-land towns, with their high three-storeyed houses, built of quarried stone, their narrow facades pierced with small windows with white-washed borders and ornamented with varied
See also:arabesque patterns; each
See also:dar has the appearance of a small
See also:castle complete in itself, and the general effect is rather that of a cluster of
See also:separate forts than of a town occupied by a
See also:united community . The scenery in this mountain region is of the most varied description; bare precipitous hill-sides seamed with dry, rocky water-courses give place with almost startling rapidity to fertile slopes, terraced literally for thousands of feet . General Haig in describing them says: " One can hardly realize the enormous labour, toil and perseverance that these represent; the terrace walls are usually 5 to 8 ft. in height, but towards the top of the mountains they are sometimes as much as 15 or 18 ft.; they are built entirely of rough stone without
See also:mortar, and I reckon that on an average each wall retains not more than twice its own height in breadth, and I do not think I saw a single break in them unrepaired." The highest summits as determined by actual survey are between io,000 and 11,000 ft. above sea-level . J . Sabur, a conspicuous mass in the extreme south, is 9900 ft., with a fall to the Taiz valley of 5000 ft.; farther north several points in the mountains above Ibb and Yarim attain a height of 10,500 ft., and J . Hadur, near the Sana-Hodeda road, exceeds 10,000 ft . From the crest of the range there is a short drop of 2000 or 3000 ft. to the broad open valleys which form the principal feature of the inner plateau . The town of Yarim lies near its southern extremity at an altitude of about 8000 ft.; within a short distance are the sources of the W . Yakla, W .
Bana and W . Zubed, running respectively east and south and west . The first named is a dry watercourse ultimately joining the basin of the W . Hadramut; the two others run for a long distance through fertile valleys and, like many of the wadis on the seaward side of the range, have perennial streams down to within a few miles of the sea . Sana, the capital of Yemen, lies in a broad valley 7300 ft.above sea-level, sloping northwards to the W . Kharid which, with the Ghail Hirran, the sources of which are on the eastern slopes of J . Hadur, run north-eastward to the Jauf depression . The Arhab district, through which these two great wadis run, was formerly the centre of the Himyar kingdom; cultivation is now only to be found in the lower parts on the borders of the watercourses, all above being naked rock from which every particle of soil has been denuded . In the higher parts there are
See also:fine plains where Glaser found numerous Himyaritic remains, and which he considers were undoubtedly cultivated formerly, but they have long fallen out of cultivation owing to denudation and desiccation—the impoverishment of the country from these causes is increasing . Eastward the - plateau becomes still more sterile, and its elevation probably falls more rapidly till it reaches the level of the Jauf and Nejran valleys on the borders of the desert . The water-parting between central and southern Arabia seems to be somewhere to the south of Nejran, which, according to Halevy, drains northward to the W . Dawasir, while the Jauf is either an isolated depression, or perhaps forms part of the Hadramut basin .
Farther north, in Asir, the plateau is more mountainous and contains many fertile valleys . Of these may be mentioned Khamis Mishet and the Wadi Shahran rising among the high Asir. summits of the maritime chain, and the principal affluents of the Wadi Besha; the latter is a broad well-watered valley, with numerous scattered hamlets, four days' journey (perhaps 8o m.) from the crest of the range . Still farther north is the Wadi Taraba and its branches running down from the highland district of Zahran . The lower valleys produce dates in abundance, and at higher elevations wheat, barley, millets and excellentfruit are grown, while
See also:juniper forests are said to cover the mountain slopes . In Yemen this
See also:tree was probably more
See also:common formerly; the place-name Arar, signifying juniper, is still often found where the tree no longer exists . The western coast of Yemen, like that of Hejaz, is studded with shoals and islands, of which
See also:Perim in the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb, Kamaran, the Turkish quarantine post, 40 M. north of Hodeda, and the Farsan group, off the
See also:Abu Arish coast, are the principal . Hodeda is the only port of any importance since the days of steamships began; the other ports, Mokha, Lohaia and Kanfuda merely share in the
See also:coasting trade . The south coast is
See also:free from the shoals that imperil the navigation of the Red Sea, and in Aden it possesses the only safe natural
See also:harbour on the route between Suez and India . Several isolated volcanic hills crop out on the shore line between Aden and the straits; the most remark-able are J . Kharaz, 2500 ft., and J . Shamshan, 1700 ft., at the base of which Aden itself is built . In both of these the
See also:crater form is very clearly marked .
A low maritime plain, similar to the Tehama of the western coast, extends for some 200 m. east of the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb, backed by mountains rising to 7000 ft. or more; farther east the elevation of the highland decreases steadily, and in the Hadramut, north of Mukalla, does not much exceed Hadramut . 4000 ft . The mountain chain, too, is less distinctly marked, and becomes little more than the seaward escarpment of the plateau which intervenes between the coast and the Hadramut valley . This valley runs nearly east and west for a distance of 500 M. from the eastern slopes of the Yemen highlands to its mouth on the Mahra coast near Sihut . The greater part of it is desert, but a short stretch lying between the 48th and 50th meridians is well watered and exceptionally fertile . This begins a little to the east of Shabwa, the ancient capital, now half buried in the advancing sand, and for a distance of over 70 M. a succession of villages and towns surrounded by fields and date groves extends along the main valley and into the tributaries which join it from the south . Shibam, Saiyun and Tarim are towns of 6000 or more inhabitants, and Hajren and Haura in the W . Duwan are among the larger villages . Himyaritic remains have been found here and in the W . Mefat which enters the Gulf of Aden near Balhaf . A few small fishing villages or ports are scattered along the coast, but except Mukalla and Shihr none is of any importance . The Gara coast was visited by the Bents, who went inland from Dhafar, one of the centres of the old
See also:frankincense trade, to the crest of the plateau .
The narrow coastal strip seems to be moderately fertile, and the hills which in places come down to the seashore are covered with trees, among which the frankincense and other
See also:gum-bearing trees are found . On the plateau, which has an altitude of 4000 ft., there is good pasturage; inland the country slopes gently to a broad valley beyond which the view was bounded by the level
See also:horizon of the desert . Oman (q.v.) includes all the south-eastern corner of the peninsula . Its chief feature is the lofty range of J . Akhdar, 1o,00o ft. above sea-level . Like the great range of western Arabia, it runs Oman. parallel to the coast; it differs, however, from the western range in that its fall on the landward side is as abrupt and nearly as great as on its seaward side . Its northern extremity, Ras Musandan, rises precipitously from the straits of
See also:Hormuz; farther south the range curves inland somewhat, leaving a narrow but fertile strip, known as the Batina coast, between it and the sea, and containing several populous towns and villages of which Sohar, Barka and Sib are the chief . Muscat, the capital of the province and the principal port on the coast, is surrounded on three sides by bare, rocky hills, and has the reputation of being the hottest place in Coast of Yemen . Arabia . Zwemer says the fertility of the highland region of J . Akhdar is wonderful and is in striking contrast to the barrenness of so much of the coast; water issues in perennial springs from many rocky clefts, and is carefully husbanded by the ingenuity of the people; underground. channels, known here as faluj, precisely similar to the kanat or karez of
See also:Persia and
See also:Afghanistan, are also largely used . The principal villages on the eastern slopes are Rustak, Nakhl and Semail in the well-watered valley of the same name; on the western slopes are Tanuf and Nizwa, lying immediately below the highest summit of the range; Semed, Ibra and Bidiya in the W, Betha are all well-built villages with palm-groves and irrigated fields .
In the north-west the Dhahira district sloping towards the Jewasimi coast is more steppe-like in character; but there two oases of great fertility are found, of which Birema, visited by both Miles and Zwemer, supports a population of 15,000 . West of Abu Dhabi a low flat steppe with no settled inhabitants extends up to the Katr peninsula, merging on the north into the saline marshes which border the Persian Gulf, and on the south into the desert . The great desert known as the Dahna or the Rub'a el Khali (" the empty quarter ") is believed to cover all the interior of southern The Arabia from the borders of Yemen in the west to those southern of Oman in the east . Halevy in Nejran, Von Wrede in desert . Hadramut, and Wellsted in Oman reached its edge, though none of them actually entered it, and the guides accompanying them all concurred in describing it as uninhabitable and uncrossed by any track . Its northern fringe is no doubt frequented by the Bedouin tribes of southern Nejd after the rains, when its sands, like those of the northern desert, produce herbage; but towards the east, according to Burckhardt's information, it is quite without vegetation even in the winter and spring . The farthest habitable spot to the south of Nejd is the Wadi Yabrin, which L . Pelly heard of from the Ahl Murra Bedouins as once a fertile district, and which still produces dates, though, owing to
See also:malaria, it is now deserted; thence southward to the Hadramut valley no communication is known to exist . [Geology.—The
See also:geological structure of Arabia is very similar to that of Egypt . The
See also:oldest rocks consist of granite and schist, penetrated by intrusive dykes, and upon this foundation rest the flat-lying sedimentary deposits, beginning with a sandstone like the Nubian sandstone of Egypt . In the northern part of Arabia the crystalline rocks form a broad area extending from the peninsula of Sinai eastwards to Hail and southwards at least as far as Mecca . Towards the north the crystalline floor is overlaid by the great sandstone series which covers nearly the whole of the country north of Hail .
Upon the sandstone rest a few scattered outliers oflime-stone, probably of Cretaceous age, the largest of which occur near Jauf and east of Bureda . Over both sandstone and granite great sheets of lava have been poured, and these, protecting the softer beds beneath from further denudation, now stand up as the high plateaus and hills called harra . Volcanic cones still exist in large numbers, and the sheets of lava appear as fresh as any recent flows of Etna or Vesuvius . Arabian
See also:manuscripts describe an eruption on the harra near Medina in A.D . 1256 . In the south of Arabia the crystalline floor appears at intervals along the southern coast and on the shores of the Gulf of Oman . At Marbat the granite is overlaid by sandstone, presumably the Nubian sandstone: this is followed by marls containing Cenomanian fossils; and these are overlaid by Upper Cretaceous limestones, upon which rest isolated patches of Alveolina limestone . Generally, however, the Cretaceous beds do not appear, and the greater part of southern Arabia seems to be formed of Alveolina and
See also:nummulite limestones of
See also:Tertiary age . An
See also:volcano occurs at Aden, and volcanic rocks are found at other places near the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb . Throughout the whole of Arabia, so far as is known, the sedimentary beds show no signs of any but the most gentle folding . Faulting, however, is by no means absent, and some of the faults are of considerable magnitude . The Gulf of Akaba is a strip of country which has been let down between two parallel faults, and several similar faulted troughs occur in the Sinai peninsula .
The Red Sea itself is a great trough bounded by faults along each side.] Climate.—Owing to its lowlatitude and generally arid surface, Arabia is on the whole one of the hottest regions of the
See also:earth; this is especially the case along the coasts of the Persian Gulf and the southern half of the Red Sea, where the moist
See also:heat throughout the year is almost intolerable to Europeans . In the interior of northern and central Arabia, however, where the average level of the country exceeds 3000 ft., the fiery heat of the summer days is followed by cool nights, and the winter climate is fresh and invigorating; while in the highlands of Asir and Yemen in the south-west, and of Oman in the east, the summer heat is never excessive, and the winters are, comparatively speaking, cold . In the northern desert the temperature is subject to extreme variations . Nolde states that on the 1st of
See also:February 1893 in the desert north of Hail the thermometer fell from 78° a little before sunset to 18° a quarter of an hour after . The midday temperatures recorded by Huber at Hail during January and the first half of February average about 65° F., and water froze on several nights; at Medina the winters are cold and
See also:night frosts of frequent occurrence, and these conditions prevail over all the western part of the Nejd plateau . In the east where the elevation is lower the climate iswarmer . In the elevated highland district which extends from Taif to within 50 M. of Aden, the summer heat is tempered by the monsoon winds, and the seasonal variation of temperature is less marked . From observations made at Sana by Manzoni, Deflers ar.d Glaser, the mean temperature for the year of that city at an altitade of 9300 ft. and in 15° 22' N. appears to be 6o° F.; for July the mean maximum was 77°, mean minimum 54°; for January the figures were 62 ° and 40 ° respectively, the lowest recorded temperature in 1878 was 26.6° on the 26th of January . At Aden at the sea-level the mean temperature for the year is 83°; the highest observed temperature in 1904 was 97.3°, the lowest 67.4° . The rainfall throughout northern and central Arabia is chiefly in the winter months between
See also:October and April, and is scanty and irregular . Doughty states that in 1876
See also:rain to wet the ground had not fallen for three years at Medain Salih; in that year showers fell on the 29th of
See also:December and on two days in January and again in March . After a very hot summer the bright
See also:weather changed to clouded skies on the 2nd of October, rain fell tempestuously the same evening, and there were showery days and nights till the 14th .
The autumn rains fell that year abundantly in the Nafud towards Jauf, but very little in the basin of the W . Hamd (on the western slope) . Doughty adds that the Nejd highlands between Kasim and Mecca are watered yearly by seasonable rains, which at Taif are expected about the end of August and last commonly from four to six weeks . This appears to be about the northern limit reached by the south-west monsoon, which from June to
See also:September brings a fairly abundant rainfall to the Yemen highlands, though the Tehama remains almost entirely rainless . The rainfall is heaviest along the western fringe of the plateau, and penetrates inland in decreasing quantity over a zone which perhaps extends to too m. in width . In good seasons it is sufficient for the cultivation of the summer crop of
See also:millet, and for the supply of the perennial streams and springs, on which the irrigation of the winter crops of wheat and barley depend . The amount measured at Dhala at the extreme south of the plateau at an elevation of 4800 ft. was in 1902 as follows: June, 4.0 in.; July, 5.5; August, 5.8; September, 1.9 . Only slight showers were recorded in the other months of the year . At higher elevations the rainfall is no doubt heavier; Manzoni mentions that at Sana there was
See also:constant rain throughout August and September 1878, and that the thermometer during August did not reach 65° . In the Tehama occasional showers fall during the winter months; at Aden the average rainfall for the year is 2.97 in., but during 1904 only o•5 in. was recorded . Snow falls on the Harra and on the Tehama range in northern Arabia, and Nolde records a fall of snow which lay on the Nafud on the 1st of February 1893 . It also falls on J .
Akhdar in Oman, but is very rarely known on the Yemen mountains, probably because the precipitation during the winter months is so slight . The prevailing winds in northern Arabia as far as is known are from the west; along the southern coast they are from the east; at Sana there is generally a light
See also:breeze from the north-north-west from 9 to 11 A.M., from
See also:noon till 4 P.M. a steady and often strong wind blows from the south-south-east, which
See also:dies away later . The climate is extremely dry, but this is compensated forby the heavy mists which sweep up from the plains during the rainless months and exercise a most beneficial effect in the coffee-growing districts . This phenomenon is known as the sukhemani or amama . In the
See also:morning the Tehama, as seen from the mountain tops, appears buried in a sea of white
See also:cloud; towards noon the clouds
See also:drift up the mountain slopes and cover the summits with wreaths of light mist charged with moisture which condenses on the trees and vegetation; in the afternoon they disappear, and the evenings are generally clear and still .
See also:wild animals of Arabia are all of the desert-loving type: antelopes and gazelles are found in small numbers throughout the peninsula; the latter are similar to the chikara or
See also:deer of India . The larger antelopes, so common on the
See also:African side of the Gulf of Aden, are not found, except one variety, the Oryx beatrix (called by the
See also:Arabs, wild cow), which is an inhabitant of the Nafud between Tema and Hail; it is about the size of a donkey, white, and with long straight horns .
See also:Hares are numerous both in the desert and in cultivated tracts . In the Yemen mountains the wal, a wild
See also:goat with massive horns, similar to the
See also:ibex, is found; monkeys also abound . Among smaller animals the
See also:jerboa and other descriptions of
See also:rat, and the wabar or cony are common; lizards and
See also:snakes are numerous, most of the latter being venomous . Hyenas, wolves and panthers are found in most parts of the country, and in the mountains the
See also:leopard and wild cat . Of birds the
See also:ostrich is found in the Nafud and in the W .
Dawasir . Among
See also:game birds the
See also:fowl, sand
See also:grouse (kata), blue rock, green
See also:partridge, including a large chikor (akb) and a small species similar to the
See also:Punjab sisi;
See also:quail and several kinds of
See also:duck and snipe are met with . In the cultivated parts of Yemen and Tehama small birds are very numerous, so also are birds of
See also:prey, vultures, kites and
See also:hawks .
See also:Insects of all sorts abound; scorpions, centipedes,
See also:spiders, and an ugly but harmless
See also:millipede known in Yemen as hablub are very common in summer . Ants and beetles too are very numerous, and anthills are prominent features in many places . Locusts appear in great swarms and do much damage; fires are lighted at night to attract them, an-1 large quantities are caught and eaten by the poorer people . Bees are kept, and in Yemen and Hadramut the
See also:honey is exceptionally good . Of domesticated animals the camel is far the most useful to the Arab . Owing to its endurance of thirst the long desert journeys which separate the populous centres are made practicable, Camel. and in the spring months, when green
See also:forage is plentiful in the desert, the Bedouins pitch their camps for long periods far from any water, and not only men but .horses subsist on camel's milk . The Arabian camel belongs to the one-humped species, though there are many varieties differing in appearance as much as the thorough-bred
See also:horse from the
See also:English cart-horse . The ordinary load for a
See also:pack camel is about 400
See also:Ito, and in hot weather good camels will march 20 to 25 m. daily and only require water every third or
See also:fourth day: in cool weather, with ample green
See also:fodder they can go twenty-five days or more without drinking . A good dalul or
See also:riding camel will carry his rider too m. a day for a week on end .
Nolde gives an instance from his own experience of a camel rider covering 62 m. in seven hours . The pure-bred riding camel is only found in perfection in inner Arabia; for some unexplained reason when taken out of their own country or north of the 30th degree they rapidly degenerate . The horse does not occupy the important position in the Bedouin
See also:economy that is popularly supposed . In Nejd the number of horses is, comparatively speaking, very small; the want of Horse. water in the Nafud where alone forage is obtainable, and the absence of forage in the neighbourhood of the towns makes horse-breeding on a large scale impracticable there . Horses are in fact only kept by the principal sheiks, and by far the larger proportion of those now in Nejd are the
See also:property of the amir and his family . These are kept most of the year in the Nafud, five or ten days' march from Hail, where they find their own
See also:food on the desert herbage . When a
See also:raid is in contemplation, they are brought in and given a little barley for a few weeks . Reared in this way they are capable of marvellous endurance, marching during a raid twenty hours a day for eight or ten days together . As a rule, they are only mounted at the moment of attack, or in pursuit . Water and forage have to be carried for them on camels . The great majority of the horses that come into the market as Arabs, are bred in the northern desert and in Mesopotamia, by the various sections of the Aneza and Shammar tribes, who emigrated from Nejd generations ago, taking with them the original Nejd stock . In size and appearance, and in everything but endurance, these northern horses are admittedly
See also:superior to the true Nejdi .
A few of the latter are collected by dealers in the nomad camps and exported chiefly from Kuwet . The amir Mahommed Ibn Rashid used to send down about one
See also:hundred young horses yearly . Asses of excellent quality are bred all over the country; they are much used as mounts by the richer townsmen . Except in the settled districts horned
See also:cattle are not numerous; they are similar to the Indian humped cattle, but are greatly superior in milking qualities . The great
See also:wealth of the Arabs is in their flocks of sheep and goats; they are led out to pasture soon after sunrise, and in the hotter months drink every second day . In the spring when the succulent ashub and adar grow plentifully in the desert, they go for weeks without drinking . They are milked once a day about sunset by the
See also:women (the men milk the camels), and a large proportion of the milk is made into samn, clarified
See also:butter, or marisi, dried curd . The wool is not of much value, and is spun by the women and
See also:woven into rugs, and made up into saddlebags or into the black Bedouin tents .
See also:Flora.—The flora of Arabia has been investigated by P . Forskal, the botanist of Niebuhr's mission, P . E . Botta, G .
See also:Schweinfurth and A . Deflers, to whose publications the technical reader is referred . Its general type approaches more closely to the African than to that of southern Asia . In the higher regions the principal trees are various species of fig,
See also:tamarind, carob and numerous kinds of cactiform
See also:Euphorbia, of which one, the Euphorbia arborea, grows to a height of 20 ft . Of Coniferae the juniper is found on the higher slopes of J . Sabur near Taiz, where Botta describes it as forming an extensive
See also:forest and growing to a large size; it is also found in the range overlooking the W . Madin, 5o m . W. of Aden . Considerable forests are said to exist in Asir, and Burton found a few fine specimens which he regarded as the remains of an old forest, on the Tehama range in Milian . On the rocky hill-sides in Yemen the Adenium Obesum is worthy of
See also:notice, with its enormous bulb-like stems and brilliant red
See also:flowers . Some fine aloes or agaves are also found . In the cultivated upland valleys all over Arabia the Zieyphus jujuba, called by some travellers
See also:lotus, grows to a large tree; its thorny branches are clipped yearly and used to fence the cornfields among which it grows .
In the broad sandy wadi beds the tamarisk (athl) is everywhere found; its
See also:wood is used for making domestic implements of all sorts . Among fruit trees the
See also:apricot, peach,
See also:quince, fig and
See also:banana are cultivated in the highlands, and in the lower country the date palm flourishes, particularly throughout the central zone of Arabia, in Hejaz, Nejd and El Hasa, where it is the
See also:prime article of food . A hundred kinds of date are said to grow at Medina, of which the birni is considered the most wholesome; the halwa and the jalebi are the most delicately flavoured and sell at very high rates; the khulas of El Hasa is also much esteemed . Of cereals the common millets, dhura and dukhn, are grown in all parts of the country as the summer crop, and in the hot irrigated Tehama districts three crops are reaped in the year; in the highlands
See also:maize, wheat and barley are grown to a limited extent as the winter crop, ripening at the end of March or in April . Among vegetables the common kinds grown include radishes, pumpkins, cucumbers, melons, potatoes, onions and leeks .
See also:Roses are grown in some places for the manufacture of
See also:ate, or attar of roses; mignonette,
See also:lavender and other aromatic plants are favourites in Yemen, when the Arabs often stick a bunch in their head-
See also:dress . Of the products special to Arabia coffee comes first; it is nowhere found wild, and is believed to have been introduced from
See also:Abyssinia in the 6th century A . D . It thrives on the seaward slopes coffee. of the western range in the zone of the tropical rains, at altitudes between 4000 and 7000 ft . The principal centres of production are the upper valleys of the W . Surdad, between Kaukaban and Manakha, and particularly on J . Haraz; in the Wadi Tubed west of Uden; in Hajaria on the slopes of J .
Sabur, and in the Yafa district north-east of Aden . It is planted in terraces on the mountain slopes; shady trees, such as tamarind and fig, are planted in the border as a protection from the
See also:sun, and the terraces are irrigated by channels led from a neighbouring rivulet or spring . The plants are raised from seedlings, and when six or seven weeks old they are transplanted in rows 4 to 6 ft. apart; they require watering twice a month, and bear in two to four years . The berries are dried in the sun and sent down to Hodeda or Aden, where they are subjected to a
See also:process for separating the husk from the bean; the result is about 50% of cleaned berries,
See also:bun safe, which is exported, and a
See also:residue of husker kishr, from which the Yemenis make their favourite beverage . Another plant universally used as a stimulant in Southern Arabia is khat (
See also:Catha edulis) . The best is grown on J . Sabur and the mountainous country
See also:round Taiz . It is a small
See also:bush propagated from cuttings which are left to grow for three years; the leaves are then stripped, except a few buds which develop next year into young shoots, these being cut and sold in bunches under the name of khat mubarak; next year on the branches cut back new shoots grow; these are sold as khat malhani, or second-year kat, which commands the highest price . The bush is then left for three years, when the process is repeated . The leaves and young shoots are chewed; they have stimulating properties, comparable with those of the
See also:coca of
See also:Peru . The aromatic gums for which Arabia was famed in ancient times are still produced, though the trade is a very small one . The tree from which
See also:myrrh is extracted grows in many places, but the industry is chiefly carried on at Suda, 6o m. north-north-east of Sana .
Longitudinal slits are made in the bark, and the gum is caught in cups fixed beneath . The
See also:balsam of Mecca is produced in the same way, chiefly in the mountains near the W . Safra between Yambu and Medina . The stony plains which cover so large a part of the country are often covered with acacia
See also:jungle, and in the dry water-courses a kind of wild palm, the dom, abounds, from the leaves of which baskets and mats are woven . Brushwood and rough pasturage of some sort is found almost everywhere, except in the neighbourhood of the larger settlements, where forage and firewood have to be brought in from long distances . The Nafud sands, too, are tufted in many places with bushes or small trees, and after the winter rains they produce excellent pasture . Population.—The people, according to their own traditions, are derived from two
See also:stocks, the pure Arabs, descended from Kahtan or Joktan, fourth in descent from Shem; and the Mustarab or naturalized Arabs, from Ishmael . The former are represented at the present day by the inhabitants of Yemen, Hadramut and Oman, in general a settled agricultural population; the latter by those of Hejaz, Nejd, El Hasa, the Syrian desert and Mesopotamia, consisting of the Bedouin or pastoral tribes (see ARABS and BEDOUINS) . This distinction between the characteristics of the two races is only true in a general sense, for a considerable population of true Bedouin origin has settled down to agricultural life in the oases of Hejaz and Nejd, while in southern Arabia the tribes dwelling on the fringe of the great desert have to a certain extent adopted the nomad life . Both among the nomad and settled Arabs the organization is essentially tribal . The affairs of the tribe are administered by the sheiks, or heads of clans and families; the position of sheik in itself gives no real governing power, his word and counsel carry
See also:weight, but his influence depends on his own
See also:personal qualities . All matters affecting the community are discussed in the majlis or
See also:assembly, to which any tribesman has access; here, too, are brought the tribesmen's causes; both sides plead and
See also:judgment is given impartially, the loser is fined so many head of small cattle or camels, which he must pay or go into
See also:exile .
See also:Murder can be expiated by the payment of diya or
See also:money, if the kinsmen of the murdered man consent; they may, however, claim the life of the murderer, and long and troublesome blood feuds often ensue, involving the relatives of both sides for generations . Apart from the tribesmen there is in Hejaz and south Arabia a privileged, religious class, the Sharifs or Seyyids, who claim descent from Mahomet through his daughter Fatima . Until the Egyptian invasion in 1814 the Sharifs of Mecca were the recognized rulers of Hejaz, and though the
See also:Turks have attempted to suppress their importance, the Sharif still executes justice according to the
See also:law in the holy cities, though, nominally, as a Turkish official . In Yemen and Hadramut many villages are occupied exclusively by this religious hierarchy, who are known as Ashraf, Sada or Kudha (i.e.Sharifs, Seyyids or Kadhis); the religious affairs of the tribes are left in their hands; they do not, however, interfere in tribal matters generally, or join in fighting . Below these two classes, which may be looked on as the priestly and the military castes, there is, especially in the settled districts, a large population of artisans and labourers, besides negro slaves and their descendants, slave or free . The population of Khaibar consists almost entirely of the latter, and in Hail Huber estimates the pure Arab inhabitants at only one-third of the whole . In the desert, too, there is a widely scattered tribe, the Salubi, which from its name (Salib, cross) is conjectured to be of early Christian origin; they are great hunters, killing ostriches and gazelles; the Arabs despise them as an inferior race, but do not harm them; they pay a small tax to the tribe under whose protection they live, and render service as labourers, for which they receive in the spring milk and
See also:cheese; at the date
See also:harvest they get wages in kind; with this, and the produce of the
See also:chase, they
See also:manage to exist in the desert without
See also:agriculture or flocks . In southern Arabia the Jews form a large
See also:element in the town population . According to one authority their presence in Yemen dates from the time of Solomon, others say from the InThe JeArahiwsa.caPture of Jerusalem by Nehuchadrezzar . Manzoni estimated their number in Sana in 1878 at 1700 out of a total population of 20,000; at Aden they are a numerous and wealthy community, with agents in most of the towns of Yemen . Even in remote Nejran, Halevy, himself a
See also:Jew, found a considerable colony of his co-religionists . They
See also:wear a distinctive garb and are not allowed to carry arms or live in the same quarter as Moslems .
See also:foreign element of considerable strength in the coast towns of Muscat, Aden and Jidda, is the British Indian trading class; many families of Indian origin also have settled at Mecca, having originally come as pilgrims . Estimates of the population of Arabia vary enormously, and the figures given in the following table can only be regarded as a very rough approximation: Hejaz 300,000 Yemen and Asir . 1,800,000 Nejd . . 1,000,000 Hadramut 150,000 Oman . . 1,000,000 El Hasa 300,000 Syrian desert and border . 275,000 4,825,000 Communications.—The principal land routes in Arabia are those leading to the holy cities . In the present day the Syrian pilgrim route, or Darb el Haj, from Damascus to Medina and Mecca is the most used . The
See also:annual pilgrim caravan or haj, numbering some 6000 people with ro,000 pack animals, is escorted by a few Turkish irregulars known as agel; small fortified posts have been established at the regular halting-places some 30 M. apart, each furnished with a well and reservoir, and for the further protection of the haj, payments are made to the Bedouin tribes through whose territories the route passes . The road is a mere camel track across the desert, the chief places passed are Ma'an on the Syrian border, a station on the old Sabaean trade route to Petra, and Medain Salih, the site of therock-cut tombs and inscriptions first brought to notice by Doughty . From Medina the route usually followed descends the W . Safra to Badr Hunen, whence it keeps near the coast passing Rabigh and Khulesa to Mecca . The total distance, 1300 m., is covered in forty days .
The Egyptian pilgrim route from Cairo, across the Sinai peninsula and down the Midian coast to El Wijh, joins the Syrian route at Badr Hunen . It also was formerly provided with stations and reservoirs, but owing to the greater facilities of the sea journey from Suez to Jidda it is now little used . Another important route is that taken by the Persian or Shia pilgrims from Bagdad and Kerbela across the desert, by the wells of Lina, to Bureda in Kasim; thence across the steppes of western Nejd till it crosses the Hejaz border at the Ria Mecca, 50 M. north-east of the city . It lies almost entirely in the territory of the amir Ibn Rashid of J . Shammar, who derives a considerablerevenue from the pilgrimage . The old reservoirs on this route attributed to Zubeda, wife of Harlin al Rashid, were destroyed during the Wahhabi raids early in the 19th century, and have not been repaired . The Yemen pilgrim route, known as the Haj el Kabsi, led from Sada through Asir to Taif and Mecca, but it is no longer used . The principal trade routes are those leading from Damascus to Jauf and across the Nafud to Hail . Other important routes leading to Nejd are those from Kuwet to Hail, and from El Hasa to Riad respectively . In the west and south the principal routes, other than those already mentioned, are from Yambu to Medina, from Jidda to Mecca, Hodeda to Sana, Aden to Sana, and from Mukalla to the Hadramut valley . Railway construction has begun in Arabia, and in 1908 the Hejaz line, intended to connect Damascus with Mecca, had reached Medina, 500 m. south of Ma'an . This line is of great strategical importance, as strengthening the Turkish hold on the Red Sea provinces .
But the principal means of commercial communication for a country like Arabia must always be by sea . Bahrein, Kuwet and Muscat are insteam communication with India, and the Persian Gulf ports; all the great lines of steamships
See also:call at Aden on their way between Suez and the East, and regular services are maintained between Suez, Jidda, Hodeda and Aden, as well as to the ports on the African coast, while native coasting craft trade to the smaller ports on the Red Sea and Indian Ocean . Commerce.—The total value of the trade of Aden for 1904 amounted to over £6,000,000 . The imports to Jidda in the same year were £1,405,000, largely consisting of
See also:rice, wheat and other food stuffs from India; the exports, which have dwindled away in
See also:late years, amounted in 1904 to only £25,000 . To
See also:balance the exports and imports specie was exported in the three years 1902-1904 amounting to £2,319,000; a large proportion of this was perhaps provided by
See also:cash brought into the country by pilgrims . The pilgrim traffic increased largely in 1904 as compared with previous years; 74,600 persons landed at Jidda, 18,000 of whom were from British India, 13,000 from
See also:Java and the Straits Settlements, and the remainder from Turkish territory, Egypt and other countries: 235 out of a total of 334 steamships engaged in this traffic were British . The trade of Hodeda, which contributes by far the largest share to that of Turkish Yemen, fell off considerably during the period from 1901–1905, chiefly owing to the disturbed state of the country . In the latter year the imports amounted to £467,000, and the exports to £451,000; coffee, the mainstay of Yemen trade, shows a serious decline from £302,000 in 1902 to £229,000 in 1904; this is attributable partly to the great increase of production in other countries, but mainly to the insecurity of the trade routes and the exorbitant transit dues levied by the Turkish administration . Oman, through its chief port Muscat, had a total trade of about £550,000, two-thirds of which is due to imports and one-third to exports . The chief items of imports are arms and
See also:ammunition, rice, coffee and piece goods; the
See also:staple export is dates, which in a good year accounts for nearly half the total; much of the trade is in the hands of British
See also:Indians, and of the
See also:shipping 92% is British . The principal trade centre of the Arabian side of the Persian Gulf is Bahrein; the total
See also:volume of trade of which amounted in 1904 to £1,900,000, nearly equally divided between imports and exports; rice, piece goods, &c., form the bulk of the former, while pearls are the most valuable part of the latter . (R .
A . W.) ANTIQUITIES Arabia cannot be said to be " destitute of antiquities," but the material for the study of these is still very incomplete . The difficulties in the way of travelling in Arabia with a view to scientific investigation are such that little or nothing is being done, and the systematic work which has given such good results in Egypt, Palestine and Babylonia-
See also:Assyria is unknown in Arabia . Yet the passing notes of travellers from the time of Carsten Niebuhr show that antiquities are to be found . Prehistoric Remains.—Since prehistoric remains must be studied where they are found, the difficulty in the way of exploration makes itself severely
See also:felt . That such remains exist seems clear from the casual remarks of travellers . Thus Palgrave (Central and Eastern Arabia, vol. i. ch . 6) speaks of part of a circle of roughly shaped stones taken from the adjacent limestone mountains in the Nejd . Eight or nine of these stones still exist, some of them 15 ft. high . Two of them, Io to 12 ft. apart, still bear their
See also:lintel . They are all without
See also:ornament . Palgrave compares them with the remains at Stonehenge and
See also:Karnak .
Doughty (Arabia Deserta, vol. ii.), travelling in north-west Arabia, saw stones of granite in a
See also:row and " flagstones set edgewise " (though he does not regard these as religious), also " round heaps, perhaps barrows," and " dry-built round
See also:chambers," which may be ancient tombs . J . T . Bent (Southern Arabia, pp . 24 ff.) explored one of several mounds in Bahrein . It proved to be a
See also:tomb, and the remains in it are said to be Phoenician . Castles and Walls.—In the south of Arabia, where an advanced civilization existed for centuries before the Christian era, the ruins of castles and city-walls are still in existence, and have been mentioned, though not examined carefully, by several travellers . In Yemen and Hadramut especially these ruins abound, and in some cases inscriptions seem to be still in situ . Great castles are often mentioned in early Arabian literature . One in the neighbourhood of
See also:San`a was described as one of the wonders of the world by Qazwini (Athar ul-Bildd, p . 33, ed . Wiistenfeld,
See also:Gottingen, 1847, cf .
Journal of theGerman
See also:Oriental Society, vol . 7, pp . 472, 476, and for other castles vol . 1o, pp . 20 ff.) . The ruins of the city of Ma'
See also:rib, the old Sabaean capital, have been visited by Arnaud, Halevy and Glaser, but call for further description, as Arnaud confined himself to a description of the
See also:dike (see below), while Halevy and Glaser were interested chiefly in the inscriptions . Wells and Dikes.—From the earliest times the conservation of water has been one of the serious cares of the Arabs . All over the country wells are to be found, and the masonry of some of them is undoubtedly ancient . Inscriptions are still found in some of these in the south . The famous well Zemzem at Mecca is said to belong to the early times, when the eastern traffic passed from the south to the north-west of Arabia through the Hejaz, and to have been rediscovered shortly before the time of Mahomet . Among the most famous remains of Ma'rib are those of a great dike reminding one of the restored tanks
See also:familiar to visitors at Aden . These remains were first described by Arnaud (Journal asiatique, January 1874, with plan) .
Their importance was afterwards emphasized by Glaser's publication of two long inscriptions concerning their restoration in the 5th and 6th centuries A.D . (" Zwei Inschriften uber den Dammbruch von M5.rib," in the Mitteilungen der Vorderasiatischen Gesellschaft,Berlin, 1897) . Another dike about 150 yds. long was seen by W . B .
See also:Harris at Hirran in Yemen . Above it was a series of three tanks (A Journey through the Yemen, p . 279,
See also:London, 1893) . Stones and Bronzes.—The 19th century has brought to the museums of
See also:Europe (especially to London, Paris, Berlin and Vienna) a number of inscriptions in the
See also:languages of Minea and Saba, and a few in those of Hadramut and Katabania (Qattabania) . These inscriptions are generally on limestone or marble or on tablets of
See also:bronze, and vary from a few inches to some feet in length and height . In some cases the originals have been brought to Europe, in other cases only squeezes of the inscriptions . The characters employed are apparently derived from the Phoenician (cf . Lidzbarski's
See also:Ephemeris, vol. i. pp .
109 ff.) . The languages employed have been the subject of much study (cf . F . Hommel's Siid-arabische Chrestomathie,
See also:Munich, 1893), but the archaeological value of these remains has not been sofully treated . Very many of them are votive inscriptions and contain little more than the names of gods and princes or private men . A few are
See also:historical, but being (with few and late exceptions) undated, have given rise to much controversy among scholars . Their range seems to be from about 800 B.C . (or 1500 B.C. according to E . Glaser) to the 6th century A.D . Few are still in situ, the majority having been taken from their original positions and built into houses, mosques or wells of more recent date . Among these remains are altars, and bases for statues of gods or for
See also:golden images of animals dedicated to gods . The earlier stones are devoid of ornamentation, but the later stones and bronzes are sometimes ornamented with designs of leaves, flowers, ox-heads, men and women .
Some bear figures of the conventionalized sacred tree with worshippers, similar to Babylonian designs . Besides these there are gravestones, stelae with human heads, fragments of limestone, architectural designs as well as bronze castings of camels, horses, mice, serpents, &c . (cf . D . H .
See also:Miller's Sudarabische Alterthiimer
See also:im Kunsthistorischen Museum, Vienna, 1899, with plates) .
See also:Seals, Weights and Coins.—The Vienna Museum possesses a small number of seals and gems . The seals are inscribed with Sabaean writing and are of bronze, copper,
See also:silver and stone . The gems of
See also:carnelian and
See also:agate are later and bear various figures, and in some cases Arabic inscriptions . One or two weights are also in existence . A number of coins have been brought to the British Museum from Aden, San`a and Ma'rib . Others were
See also:purchased by G .
Schlumberger inConstantinople; others have been brought to Europe by Glaser, and are now in the Vienna Museum . These are imitations of Greek
See also:models, while the inscriptions are in Sabaean characters (cf . B . V . Head, in the Numismatic
See also:Chronicle, 1878, pp . 273–284; G . Schlumberger, Le Tresor de San`a, Paris, 188o; D . H .
See also:Muller, op. cit. pp . 65 if. and plates) . For the problem of Arabic antiquities in Rhodesia see RHODESIA and
See also:ZIMBABWE . (G .
W . T.) HISTORY Introduction.—Arabia is a land of Semites, and is supposed by some scholars to have been the originalhome of the Semitic peoples . Although this cannot be said to be proved, the studies, linguistic and archaeological, of Semitic scholars have shown it to be probable . The dispersion from Arabia is easy to imagine . The
See also:migration into Babylonia was
See also:simple, as there are no natural boundaries to separate it from north-east Arabia, and similar migrations have taken place in historic times . That of the Aramaeans at an early period is likewise free from any natural hindrance . The connexion with Palestine has always been close; and the Abyssinian settlement is probably as late as the beginning of the Christian era . Of these migrations, however, history knows nothing, nor are they expressed in literature . Arabian literature has its own version of prehistoric times, but it is entirely legendary and apocryphal . It was, and still is, the
See also:custom of Arabian historians to begin with the creation of the world and tell the history from then to the time of which they are writing . Consequently even the more sober histories contain a mass of fables about early days . Many of these, taken in part from Jewish and Christian sources, find a place in the
See also:Koran .
Of all these stories current at the time of Mahomet, the only ones of any value are the accounts of the " days of the Arabs," i.e. accounts of some famous inter-tribal battles in Arabia . Authorities.—Until recently the Arab traditions were practically the only source for the pre-Islamic history of Arabia . The Old Testament references to Arabs were obscure . The classical accounts of the invasion of Aelius Gallus in 26 B.C. threw little light on the state of Arabia at the time, still less on its past history . The Greek writers from
See also:Theophrastus in the 4th century-13.c. to Ptolemy in the 2nd century A.D. mention many names of Arabian peoples and describe the situation of their cities, but contribute little to their history, and that little could not be controlled . The same applies to the information of Pliny in his Natural History . In the 19th century the
See also:discovery and decipherment of the
See also:Assyrian inscriptions gave a slight glance into the relations between Arabs and Assyrians from the 8th century B.C . But the great contribution of the century to the early history of Arabia was the
See also:collecting and translating of numerous early Arabian inscriptions (cf. section Antiquities above), which have done service both by their own indication of a great civilization in Arabia for nearly (or more than) a thousand years before the Christian era, and by the new stimulus which they gave to the study and appreciation of the materials in the Assyrian inscriptions, the Old Testament, and the Greek and
See also:Roman writers . At the same time the facts that the inscriptions are undated until a late period, that few are historical in their contents, and for the most part yield only names of gods and rulers and domestic and religious details, and that our collection is still very incomplete, have led to much serious disagreement among scholars as to the reconstruction of the history of Arabia in the pre-Christian centuries . All scholars, however, are agreed that the inscriptions reach as far back as the 9th century B.C . (some say to the 16th) and prove the existence of at least four civilized kingdoms during these centuries . These are the kingdoms of Main (Minaean), of Saba (Sabaean), of Hadramaut (Hadramut) and of Katabania (Katabanu) .
Of the two latter little is known . That of Hadramut had
See also:kings from the time of the Minaeans to about A.D . 300, when it was conquered by Ethiopia . The limits of the kingdom of Katabania are not known, but it has its own inscriptions . As to the Sabaean kingdom there is fair agreement among scholars . The inscriptions go back to 800 B.C. or earlier, and the same applies to the kingdom . A
See also:queen of this people (the " Queen of Sheba ") is said (1 Kings x.) to have visited Solomon about 950 B.C . There is, however, no mention of such a queen in the inscriptions . An Assyrian inscription mentions Ith'amara the Sabaean who paid tribute to
See also:Sargon in 715 B.C . At this time the
See also:Sabaeans must have been in north Arabia unless the inscription refers to a northern colony of the southern Sabaeans . The former opinion is held by E . Glaser, who thinks that in the 9th and 8th centuries they moved down along the west coast to the south, where they conquered the Minaeans (see below) .
The Sabaean rule is generally divided into periods indicated by the titles given to their rulers . In the first of these ruled the Makarib, who seem to have been
See also:priest-kings . Their first capital was at Sirwah . Ten such rulers are mentioned in the inscriptions . Their rule extended from the 9th to the 6th century . The second period begins about 550 B.C . The rulers are known as " kings of Saba." Their capital was Ma'rib . The names of seventeen of these kings are known from the inscriptions . Their sway lasted until about 115 B.C., when they were succeeded by the Himyarites . During this period they were engaged in constant strife with the neighbouring kingdoms of Hadramut and Katabania . The great prosperity of south-west Arabia at this time was due in large measure to the fact that the trade from India with Egypt came there by sea and then went by land up the west coast . This trade, however, was lost during this period, as the
See also:Ptolemies established an overland route from India to Alexandria .
The connexion of Saba with the north, where the
See also:Nabataeans (q.v.) had existed from about 200 B.C., was now broken . The decay that followed caused a number of Sabaeans to migrate to other parts of Arabia . The Minaean kingdom extended over the south Arabian Jauf, its chief cities being Karnau, Main and Yathil . Some twenty-five kings are known from the inscriptions; of these twenty are known to be related to one another . Their history must thus cover several centuries . As inscriptions in the Minaean language are found in al-'Ula in north Arabia, it is probable that they had colonies in that district . With regard to their date opinion is very much divided; some, with E . Glaser and F . Hommel, maintaining that their kingdom existed
See also:prior to that of Saba, probably from about 1500 B.C. or earlier until the Sabaeans came from their home in the north and conquered them in the 9th century . Other scholars think, with D . H . Muller, partly on palaeographical grounds (cf .
M . Lidzbarski's Ephemeris, vol. i. pp . 109 seq.,
See also:Giessen, 1902), that none of the inscriptions are earlier than about 800 B.C. and that the Minaean kingdom existed side by side with the Sabaean . It is curious thatthe Sabaean inscriptions contain no mention of the Minaeans, though this may be due to the fact that very few of the inscriptions are historical in content . About 115 B.C. the power over south Arabia passed from the Sabaeans to the Himyarites, a people from the extreme south-west of Arabia; and about this time the kingdom of Katabania came to an end . The title taken by the new rulers was "
See also:king of Saba and Raidan." Twenty-six kings of this period are known from the inscriptions, some of which are dated . In this period the Romans made their one attempt at direct interference in the affairs of Arabia . The invasion under Aelius Gallus was an absolute failure, the expedition being betrayed by the guides and lost in the sands of the desert . During the latter part of this time the Abyssinians, who had earlier migrated from Arabia to the opposite coast of Africa, began to flow back to the south of Arabia, where they seem to have settled gradually and increased in importance until about A.D . 300, when they became strong enough to overturn the Himyarite kings and establish a dynasty of their own . The title assumed by them was " king of Saba, Raidan, Hadramut and Yemen." The Himyarites were, however, still active, and after a struggle succeeded in establishing a Jewish Sabaean kingdom, having previously accepted Judaism as their religion . Their best-known king was Dhu Nuwas .
The struggle between them and the Abyssinians now became one of Judaism against
See also:Christianity . The persecution of the Christians was very severe (see E . Glaser's Die Abyssinier in Arabien and Afrika, Munich, 1895, and F . M . E . Pereira's Historia dos Martyres de Nagran,
See also:Lisbon, 1899) . Apparently for this reason Christian Abyssinia was supported from
See also:Byzantium in its attempts to regain power . These attempts were crowned with success in 525 . Of the Christian Abyssinian kings in Arabia tradition tells of four, one only of whom is mentioned in inscrip-; tions . The famous expedition of Abraha, the Abyssinian
See also:viceroy, against Mecca, took place in 57o . Five years later the Persians, who had been called in by the opponents of Christianity, succeeded in taking over the rule and in appointing
See also:governors over Yemen . (See further ETHIOPIA: The Axumite Kingdom.)
See also:Hira, Ghassan and Kinda.—Before passing to the time of Mahomet it is necessary to take account of three other Arabian
See also:powers, those of Hira, Ghassan and Kinda .
The kingdom of Hira (Hira) was established in the boundary land between the Euphrates and the Arabian desert, a district renowned for its good air and extraordinary fertility . The chief town was Hira, a few miles south of the site Hira. of the later town of
See also:Kufa . The inhabitants of this land are said in Tabari's history to have been of three classes:—(1) ' The Tanukh (Tnuhs), who lived in tents and were made up of Arabs from the Tehama and Nejd, who had united in Bahrein to form a new tribe, and who migrated from there to Hira, probably at the beginning or middle of the 3rd century A.D., when the Arsacid power was growing weak . The Arabian historians relate their conflict with
See also:Zenobia . (2) The 'Ibad or 'Ibadites, who dwelt in the town of Hira in houses and so led a settled life . These were Christians, whose ecclesiastical language was
See also:Syriac, though the language of intercourse was Arabic . A Christian
See also:bishop of Hira is known to have attended a synod in 410 . In the 5th century they became
See also:Nestorians . (3) Refugees of various tribes, who came into the land but did not belong to the Tanukh or the 'Ibad . There is no trustworthy information as to the earlier chiefs of this people . The dynasty of the Lakhmids, famed in Arabian history and literature, arose towards the end of the 3rd century and lasted until about 602 . The names of twenty kings are given by Hisham al-Kalbi in Tabari's history .
Although so many of their subjects were Christian, the Lakhmids remained
See also:heathen until Nu'man, the last of the dynasty . The kingdom of Hira was never really
See also:independent, but always stood in a relation of dependence on Persia, probably receiving pay from it and employing Persian soldiers . At the height of its power it was able to render valuable aid to its suzerain . Much of its time was spent in
See also:wars with Rome and Ghassan . Its revenues were derived from the Bedouins of the surrounding lands as well as from its own subjects at home . About 502 the HISTORY] Lakhmid dynasty fell, and the Persian
See also:Chosroes (Khosrau) II. appointed as governor an Arab of the tribe of Tai . Shortly after it came into relation with Islam . See G . Rothstein's Die Dynastie der Lakhmiden in al-Hira (Berlin, 1899) ; Th . Noldeke's Geschichte der Perser and Araber zur Zeit der Sassaniden (
See also:Leiden, 1879) . In the beginning of the 6th century A.D. a dynasty known as the Jafnids, enter into the history alike of the Roman and Ghassan . Persian empires .
They ruled over the tribe of Ghassan in the extreme north-west of Arabia, east of the
See also:Jordan, from near Petra in the south to the neighbourhood of Rosafa in the north-east . Of their origin little is known except that they came from the south . A part of the same tribe inhabited Yathrib (Medina) at the time of Mahomet . The first certain
See also:prince of the Jafnid
See also:house was Harith ibn Jabala, who, according to the chronicle of
See also:John Malalas, conquered Mondhir (Mundhir) of Hira in 528 . In the following year, according to
See also:Procopius, Justinian perceived the value of the Ghassanids as an outpost of the Roman
See also:empire, and as opponents of the Persian dependants of Hira, and recognized Harith as king of the Arabs and patrician of the Roman empire . He was thus constantly engaged in battles against Hira . In 541 he fought under
See also:Belisarius in Mesopotamia . After his death about 569 air 570 the friendly relations with the West continued, but about 583 there was a
See also:breach . The Ghassanid kingdom split into sections each with its own prince . Some .passed under the sway of Persia, others preserved their freedom at the expense of their neighbours . At this point their history ceases to be mentioned in the Western
See also:chronicles . There are references to the Ghassanid Nu'man in the poems of Nabigha .
Arabian tradition tells of their prince Jabala ibn Aiham who accepted Islam, after fighting against it, but finding it too democratic, returned to Christianity and exile in the Roman empire . As Islam advanced, some of the Ghassanids retreated to
See also:Cappadocia, others accepted the new faith . See Th . Noldeke, Die ghassanischen Fiirsten aus dent Hause Gafna's (Berlin, 1887) . In the last
See also:decade of the 5th century a new power arose in central Arabia . This was the tribe of Kinda under the sway of Kinds. the family of Agil ul Murar, who came from the south . They seem to have stood in much the same relation to the rulers of Yemen, as the people of Hira to the Persians and the Ghassanids to Rome . Abraha in his invasion of the Hejaz was accompanied by chiefs of Kinda . Details of their history are not known, but they seem to have gained power at one time even over the Lakhmids of Hira; and to have ruled over Bahrein as well as Yemama until the
See also:battle of Shi'b ul Jabala, when they lost this province to Hira . The poet Amru'ul Qais was a member of the princely family of Kinda . Outside the territory of the powers mentioned above, Arabia in the 6th century was in a state of political
See also:chaos . Bahrein, inhabited chiefly by the Bani'Abd Qais and the Bani Bakr, was largely subject to Persian influence near its coast, and a Persian governor, Sebocht, resided in Hajar, its chief town .
In Oman the Arabs, who were chiefly engaged in fishing and seafaring, were Azdites mixed with Persians . The ruling dynasty of Julanda in their capital Suhar lasted on till the Abbasid period . No Persian officials are mentioned in this country; whether Persians exercised authority over it is doubtful . On the west coast of Arabia the influence of the kingdom of Yemen was felt in varying degree according to the strength of the rulers of that land . Apart from this influence the Hejaz was simply a collection of cities each with its own government, while outside the cities the various tribes governed themselves and fought continual battles with one another . Time of Mahomet.—Thus at the time of Mahomet'sadvent the country was peopled by various tribes, some more or less settled under the governments of south Arabia, Kinda, Hira and Ghassan, these in turn depending on Abyssinia, Persia and Rome (i.e . Byzantium) ; others as in the Hejaz were ruled in smaller communities by members of leading families, while265 in various parts of the peninsula were wandering Arabs still maintaining the traditions of old family and tribal rule, forming no state, sometimes passing, as suited them, under the influence and protection of one or another of the greater powers . To these may be added a certain number of Jewish tribes and families deriving their origin partly from migrations from Palestine, partly from converts among the Arabs themselves . Mahomet appealed at once to religion and patriotism, or rather created a feeling for both . For Mahomet as a religious teacher and for the details of his career see MAHOMET . It is enough here to outline his actions in so far as he attempted to create a united, and then a conquering, Arabia . Though the
See also:external conquests of the Arabs belong more properly to the period of the
See also:caliphate, yet they were the natural outcome of the prophet's ideas .
His idea of Arabia for the Arabians could only be realized by summoning the great kings of the surrounding nations to recognize Islam; otherwise Abyssinia, Persia and Rome (Byzantium) would continue their former endeavours to influence and control the affairs of the peninsula . Tradition tells that a few years before his death he did actually send letters to theemperor
See also:Heraclius, to the
See also:negus of Abyssinia, the king of Persia, and Cyrus,
See also:patriarch of Alexandria, the " Mukaukis " of Egypt, summoning them to accept Islam and threatening them with punishment in case of refusal . But the task of carrying out these threats fell to the lot of his successors; the work of the prophet was to be the subjugating and uniting of Arabia . This work, scarcely begun in Mecca, was really started after the migration to Medina by the formation of a party of men—the Muhajirun (Refugees or Emigrants) and the Anser (Helpers or Defenders)—who accepted Mahomet as their religious
See also:leader . As the
See also:necessity of overcoming his enemies became urgent, this party became military . A few successes in battle attracted to him men who were interested in fighting and who were willing to accept his religion as a
See also:condition of membership of his party, which soon began to assume a
See also:national form . Mahomet early found an excuse for attacking the Jews, who were naturally in the way of his schemes . The Bani
See also:Nadir were expelled, the Bani Quraiza slaughtered . By the time he had successfully stormed the rich Jewish town of Khaibar, he had found that it was better to allow industrious Jews to remain in Arabia as payers of tribute than to expel or kill them: this policy he followed afterwards . The capture of Mecca (63o) was not only an evidence of his growing power, which induced Arabs throughout the peninsula to join him, but gave him a valuable centre of pilgrimage, in which he was able by a politic adoption of some of the heathen Arabian ceremonies into his own
See also:rites to win men over the more easily to his own cause . At his death in 623 Mahomet left Arabia practically unified . It is true that
See also:rival prophets were leading rebellions in various parts of Arabia, that the tax-collectors were not always paid, and that the warriors of the land were much distressed for want of work owing to the brotherhood of Arabs proclaimed by Mahomet .
The tribes were a seething mass of restlessness, their old feuds ready to break out again . But they had realized that they had common interests . The power of the foreigner in Arabia was broken . Islam promised rich
See also:booty for those who fought and won,
See also:paradise for those who fell . Early Caliphs.' 1 . Conquest.—One task of the early caliphs was to find an outlet for the restless fighting spirit . Abu Bekr (632–634), the first of these caliphs, was a man of simple life and profound faith . He understood the intention of Mahomet as to foreign nations, and set himself resolutely to carry it out in the face of much difficulty . Hence as soon as he assumed
See also:office he sent out the army already chosen to advance against the Romans in the north . The successful reduction of the rebels in Arabia enabled him in his first year to send his great general Khalid with his Arab warriors first against Persians, then against Romans . His early death prevented him from seeing the fruits of his policy . Under the second
See also:Omar (634–644) the Persians were defeated at Kadesiya (Kadessia), and Irak was completely subdued and the new cities of Kufa and Basra were ' For the general history of the succeeding period see CALIPHATE; EGYPT: History, § "Mahommedan." Other parts of Arabia .
founded (635) . In the same year Damascus fell into the hands of the Arabs under Abu `Ubaida . In 636 Jerusalem fell and received a visit from the caliph . Three years later the fateful step was taken of appointing Moawiya (Mu'awlyya) governor of Syria . In 64o `Amr-ibn-el-Ass (Amr ibn al 'As) invaded Egypt and the following year took Alexandria and founded Fostat (which later became Cairo) . The victory at
See also:Nehavend in 641 over the Persians, the
See also:flight of the last Sassanid king and the capture of Rei or Rai (class . Rhagae) in 643 meant the entire subjugation of Persia and crowned the conquests of Omar's caliphate . The reign of the third caliph
See also:Othman (644–656) was marked by the beginning of that
See also:internal strife which was to ruin Arabia; but the foreign conquests continued . In the north the Moslem arms reached Armenia and Asia Minor; on the west they were successful as far as
See also:Carthage on the north coast of Africa . After the murder of Othman, `Ali (656–661) became caliph, but Moawiya, governor of Syria, soon rebelled on the pretext of avenging the death of Othman . After the battle of Siffin (657) arbitration was resorted to for the settlement of the rival claims . By a
See also:trick `Ali was deposed (658), and the Omayyad dynasty was established with its capital at Damascus .
During these early years the Arabs had not only made
See also:con-quests by land, but had found an outlet for their energy at sea . In 64o Omar sent a
See also:fleet of boats across the Red Sea Institution
See also:navy . to protect the Moslems on the Abyssinian coast . of of navy . The boats were wrecked . Omar was so terrified by this that when Moawiya applied to him for permission to use
See also:ships for an attack on the islands of the
See also:Levant, he resolutely refused . Othman was less careful, and allowed a fleet from Africa to help in the conquests of the Levant and Asia Minor . In 64o he sanctioned the
See also:establishment of a maritime service, on condition that it should be voluntary . Abu Qais, appointed
See also:admiral, showed its usefulness by the capture of Cyprus . In 652 Abu Sarh with a fleet from Egypt won a
See also:naval battle over the
See also:Byzantine fleet near Alexandria . 2 . Internal Affairs.—In the meantime what had become of Arabia and its unification ?
The first task of Abu Bekr had been to reduce those rebels who threatened to destroy that unity even before it was fully established . This he did by the aid of the great general Khalid . First he swept down on the Bani Hanifa in Yemama, who with their rival prophet Mosailama (Mosailima) and 40,000 men were in arms . The battle of Yemama (633) was fierce and decisive . Mosailama was slain . The Bani Hanifa returned to Islam . Bahrein was influenced by this battle, and the
See also:rebellion there, which was threatening, was crushed . Oman was reconquered by Huddhaifa, who became its governor . Ikrima settled Mahra . Muhajir, with the help of Ikrima, succeeded with difficulty, but thoroughly, in defeating Amr ibn Ma'dikarib and Qais ibn `Abd Yaghuth in Yemen and Ashath ibn Qais in Hadramut . The Hejaz and Tehama were cleared of the plundering nomads by `Attab and Tahir . At the end of the first year of his caliphate Abu Bekr saw Arabia united under Islam .
The new national feeling demanded that all Arabs should be free men, so the caliph ordained that all Arab slaves should be freed on easy terms . The solidarity of Arabia survived the first foreign conquests . It was not intended that Arabs shouldsettle in the conquered lands except as armies of occupation . Thus it was at first forbidden that Arabs should buy or possess land in these 'countries . Kufa was to be only a military camp, as was Fostat in Egypt . The taxes with the booty from conquests were to be sent to Arabia for distribution among the Moslems . Omar tried to prevent the advance of conquests lest Arabia should suffer . " I would rather the safety of my people than thousands of spoil and further conquest." But men could not be prevented from pouring out from their homes in search of new conquests and more booty . Many of those who went forth did not return . They acquired property and
See also:rank in the new lands . Kufa attracted chiefly men of south Arabia, Basra those of the north . Both became great cities, each with a population of 150,000 to 200,000 Arabians .
Yet so long as the caliphs lived in Medina, the capital of Arabia was the capital of the expanding Arabian empire . To it was brought a largeshare of the booty . The caliphs were chosen there, and there the rules for the administration were framed . Thence went out the governors to their provinces . Omar was the great organizer of Arabian affairs . He compiled the Koran, instituted the
See also:civil list, regulated the military organization . He, too, desired that Mahomet's wish should be carried out and that Arabia should be purely Moslem . To this end he expelled the Christians from Nejran and gave them lands in Syria and Irak, where they were allowed to live in peace on payment of tribute . The Jews, too, were shortly after expelled from Khaibar . The secondary position that Arabia was beginning to assume in the Arabian empire is clearly marked in the progress of events during the caliphate of Othman . In his appointments to governorships and other offices, as well as in his distribution of spoil, Othman showed a marked preference for the members of his own tribe the Koreish (Quraisb) and the members of his own family the Bani Omayya (Umayya) . The other Arab tribes became increasingly jealous of the Koreish, while among the Koreish themselves the Hashimite family came to hate the Omayyad, which now had much power, although it had been among the last to accept Islam and never was very strict in its religious duties .
But the quarrels which led to the murder of Othman were fomented not so much in Arabia as in Kufa and Basra and Fostat . In these cities the rival parties were composed of the most energetic fighting men, who were brought into the most intimate contact with one another, and who kept up their quarrels from the home land . In Kula a number of the Koreish had settled, and their arrogance became insupportable . The governors of all these towns were of Othman's own family . After some years of growing dissatisfaction deputies from these places came to Medina, and the result was the murder of the caliph . Syria alone remained loyal to the house of Omayya, and Othman had been advised to take
See also:refuge there, but had refused . Arabia itself counted for little in the strife . Yet its
See also:prestige was not altogether lost . After the murder the rebels 'were unwilling to return home until a new caliph had been chosen in the capital . The Egyptian rebels managed to gain most influence, and, in accordance with their
See also:desire, `Ali was appointed caliph by the citizens of Medina . But Medina itself was being corrupted by the constant influx of captives, who, employed at first as servants, soon became powerful enough to dictate to their masters . In the struggle that ensued upon the election of `Ali, Arabia was involved .
Ayesha, Talha and Zobair, who were strong in Mecca, succeeded in obtaining possession of Basra, but were defeated in 656 at the battle of the Camel (see ALI) . In the south of Arabia `Ali succeeded in establishing his own governor in Yemen, though the government treasure was carried off to Mecca . But the centre of strife was not to be Arabia . When `Ali left Medina to secure Basra, he abandoned it as the capital of the Arabian empire . With the success of Moawiya Damascus became the capital of the caliphate (658) and Arabia became a mere province, though always of importance because of its possession, of the two sacred cities Mecca and Medina . Both these cities were secured by Moawiya in 66o, and at the same time Yemen was punished for its adherence to `Ali . The final
See also:blow to any political pretensions of Medina was dealt by the caliph when he had his son Yazid declared as his successor, thus taking away any claim on the part of the citizens of Medina to elect to the caliphate . The Omayyads.—The early years of the Omayyads were years of constant strife in Arabia . The Kharijites who had opposed `Ali on the ground that he had no right to allow the
See also:appeal to arbitration, were defeated at Nahrawan or Nahrwan (658), but those who escaped became fierce propagandists against the Koreish, some claiming that the caliph should be chosen by the Faithful from any tribe of the Arabs, some that there should be no caliph at all, that
See also:God alone was their ruler and that the government should be carried on by a council . They broke up into many sects, and were long a disturbing political force in Arabia as elsewhere . On the death of `Ali his house was represented by his two sons Masan and Hosain (Husain) . IJasan soon made peace with Moawiya .
On theaccession of Yazid; Iiosain refused homage and raised an army, but was slain at Kerbela (68o) . 'Abdallah ibn Zobair (of the house of Hashim) immediately stepped forward in Mecca as the avenger of 'Ali's family and the
See also:champion of religion . The two sacred cities supported him . Medina was besieged and sacked by the troops of Yazid (682) and Mecca was besieged the following year . The
See also:siege was raised in the third month on the
See also:news of the death of Yazid, but not before the Ka'ba had been destroyed . `Abdallah remained in Mecca recognized as caliph in Arabia, and soon after in Egypt and even a part of Syria . He defeated the troops of Merwan I., but could not win the support of the Kharijites . In 691 Abdalmalik ('Abdul-Malik) determined to crush his rival and sent his general Hajjaj against Mecca . The siege was begun in March 692, and in October the city was taken and `Abdallah slain . Abdalmalik was now supreme in Arabia and throughout the Moslem world . During the remaining years of the Omayyad dynasty (i.e. until 750) little is heard of Arabia in history . The conquests of Islam in Spain on the one side and India on the other had little or no effect on it .
It was merely a province . The 'Abbdsids.—The accession of Abul `Abbas (of the house df Hashim) and the transference of the capital of the caliphate from Damascus to Kufa, then
See also:Anbar and soon after (in 76o) to Bagdad meant still further degradation to Arabia and Arabs . From the beginning the '
See also:Abbasids depended for help on Persians and Turks, and the chief offices of state were frequently filled with foreigners . In one thing only the Arabs conquered to the end; that was in their language . The study of Arabic was taken up by lexicographers, grammarians and poets (mostly of foreign origin) with a zeal rarely shown elsewhere . The old Arabian war spirit was dying . Although the Arabians, as a rule, were in favour of the Omayyad family, they could not affect the succession of the 'Abbasids . They returned more and more to their old inter-tribal disputes . They formed now not only a mere branch of the empire of the caliphate, but a branch deriving little life from and giving less to the main stock . In 762 there was a rebellion in favour of a descendant of `Ali, but it was put down with great severity by the army of the caliph Mansur . A more
See also:local `Alyite revolt in Mecca and Medina was crushed in 785 . In the contest between the two sons of
See also:Harun al Rashid all Arabia sided with
See also:Mamun (812) .
In 845-846 the lawless raids of Bedouin tribes compelled the caliph Wathiq to send his Turkish general Bogha, who was more successful in the north than in the centre and south of Arabia in restoring peace . TheCarmathians.—Towards the close of the 9th century Arabia was disturbed by the rise of a new
See also:movement which during the next hundred years dominated the peninsula, and at its close left it shattered never to be united again . In the year 88o Yemen was listening to the propaganda of the new sect of the Carmathians (q.v.) or followers of Hamdan Qarmat . Four years later these had become a public force . In 900 `Abu Said al-Jannabi, who had been sent to Bahrein by Hamdan, had secured a large part of this province and had won the city of Katif (Ketif) which contained many Jews and Persians . The Arabs who lived more inland were mostly Bedouin who found the obligations of Islam irksome, and dot seem to have made a very vigorous opposition to the Carmathians who took Hajar the capital of Bahrein in 903 . From this they made successful attacks on Yemama (Yamama), and attempts only partially successful at first at Oman . In 906 the
See also:court at Bagdad learned that these sectaries had gained almost all Yemen and were threatening Mecca and Medina . Abu Said was assassinated (913) in his palace at Lahsa (which in 926 was fortified and became the Carmathian capital of Bahrein) . His son Said succeeded him, but proved too weak and was deposed and succeeded by his
See also:brother Abu Tahir . His success was constant and the caliphate was brought very low by him . In Arabia he subjugated Oman, and swooping down on the west in 929 he horrified the Moslem world by capturing Mecca and carrying off the sacred black stone to Bahrein .
The Fatimite caliph 'Obaidallah (seeFATIMITES), to whom Abu Tahir professed
See also:allegiance, publicly wrote to him to restore the stone, but there is some reason to believe that he secretly encouraged him to retain it . In 93g, however,the stone was restored and pilgrimages to the holy cities were allowed to pass unmolested on payment of a tax . So long as Abi1 Tahir lived the Carmathians controlled Arabia . After his death, however, they quarrelled with the Fatimite rulers of Egypt (969) and began to lose their influence . In 985 they were completely defeated in Irak, and soon after lost control of the pilgrimages . Oman recovered its independence . Three years later Katif, at that time their chief city, was besieged and taken by a Bedouin sheik, and subsequently their political power in Arabia came to an end . It was significant that their power fell into the hands of Bedouins . Arabia was now completely disorganized, and was only nominally subject to the caliphate . The attempt of Mahomet to unify Arabia had failed . The country was once more split up into small governments, more or less independent, and groups of wandering tribes carrying on their
See also:petty feuds . Of the history of these during the next few centuries little is known, except in the case of the Hejaz .
Here the presence of the sacred cities led writers to record their
See also:annals (cf . F . Wiistenfeld's Die Chroniken der Stadt Mekka, 4 vols.,
See also:Leipzig, 1857-1861) . The two cities were governed by Arabian nobles (she'll's), often at
See also:feud with one another, recognizing formally the overlordship of the caliph at Bagdad or the caliph of Egypt . Thus in 966 the name of the caliph Moti was banished from the prayers at Mecca, and an 'Alyite took possession of the government of the city and recognized the Egyptian caliph as his
See also:master . About a century later (1075-1094) the `Abbasid caliph was again recognized as spiritual head owing to the success in arms of his
See also:protector the Seljuk Malik-Shah . With the fall of the Bagdad caliphate all attempts at control from that quarter came to an end . After the visit of the Sultan Bibars (1269) Mecca was governed by an amir de-pendent on Egypt . Outside the two cities anarchy prevailed, and the pilgrimage was frequently unsafe owing to marauding Bedouins . In 1517 the Osmanli Turkish sultan
See also:Selim conquered Egypt, and having received the right of succession to the caliphate was solemnly presented by the sherif of Mecca with the keys of the city, and recognized as the spiritual head of Islam and ruler of the Hejaz . At the same time Yemen, which since the 9th century had been in the power of a number of small dynasties ruling in Zubed, San'a, Sa'da and Aden, passed into the hands of the Turk . For the history of Yemen during this period cf .
H . C .Kay, Omarah's History of Yaman (London, 1892), and S . Lane-
See also:Poole, The Mahommedan Dynasties, pp . 87-103 (
See also:Westminster, 1894) . Little more than a century later (163o), a Yemen
See also:noble Khasim succeeded in expelling the Turk and establishing a native imamate, which lasted until 1871 . For descriptions of it in the 18th century cf . C . Niebuhr's accounts of his travels in Arabia in 1761 . Oman.—Since the separation from the caliphate (before 1000 A.D.) Oman had remained independent . For more than a century it was governed by five elected imams, who were chosen from the tribe of al-Azd and generally lived at Nizwa . After them the Bani Nebhan gained the upper hand and established a succession of kings (maliks) who governed from 1154 to 1406 .
During this time the country was twice invaded by Persians . The " kings of Hormuz " claimed authority over the coast land until the beginning of the 16th century . In 1435 the people
See also:rose against the tyranny of the Bani Nebhan and restored the imamate of the tribe al-Azd . In 1508 the Portuguese under Albuquerque seized most of the east coast of Oman . In 1624 a new dynasty arose in the interior, when Nasir ibn Murshid of the Yariba (Ya'aruba) tribe (originally from Yemen) was elected imam and established his capital at Rustak . He was able to subdue the petty princes of the country, and the Portuguese were compelled to give up several towns and pay tribute for their residence at Muscat . About 1651 the Portuguese were finally expelled from this city, and about 1698 from the Omanite settlements on the east coast of Africa . For the history of Oman from 661 to 1856 cf . G . P .
See also:Badger, History of the Imams and Seyyids of Oman by Salil-ibn-Razik (London,
See also:Hakluyt Society, 1871) . (G .
W . T.) Wahhdbi Movement.—Modern Arabian history begins with that of the Wahhabi movement in the middle of the 18th century . Its originator, Mahommed Ibn Abdul Wahhab, was
See also:born (1691) at Ayana in Nejd, and after studying in Basra and Damascus, and making the pilgrimage to Mecca returned to his native country and settled down at Huremala near Deraiya . The abuses and corruptions which had overgrown the practice of orthodox Islam had deeply impressed him, and he set to work to combat them, and to inculcate on all good Moslems a return to the pure simplicity of their original faith . In 1742 Mahommed Ibn Saud, sheik of Deraiya, accepted his doctrines, and enforced them by his sword with such effect that before his death in 1765 the whole of eastern Nejd and El Hasa was converted to the faith of Abdul Wahhab, and accepted the political supremacy of Ibn Saud . His son and successor, Abdul Aziz, in a rapid series of successful
See also:campaigns, extended his dominion and that of the reformed faith far beyond the limits of Nejd . His attacks on the pilgrim caravans, begun in 1783 and constantly repeated, startled the Mahommedan world,' and compelled the
See also:attention of the sultan, as the nominal protector of the faithful . In 1798 a Turkish force was sent from Bagdad into El Hasa, but was compelled to retreat without accomplishing anything, and its discomfiture added much to the renown of the Wahhabi power . In 1801 Saud, son of the amir Abdul Aziz, led an expedition to the Euphrates, and on the festival of
See also:Bairam, the 2oth of April, stormed Kerbela, put the defenders to the sword, destroyed the sacred tomb, scattered the sacred
See also:relics and returned laden with the treasures, accumulated during centuries in the sanctuary of the Shia faith . Mecca itself was taken; plundering was for-bidden, but the tombs of the
See also:saints and all
See also:objects of veneration were ruthlessly destroyed, and all ceremonies which seemed in the
See also:eye of the stern puritan conqueror to suggest the taint of
See also:idolatry were forbidden . On the 14th of October 1802 the amir Abdul Aziz, at the age of eighty-two years, was murdered by a Shia fanatic when at prayers in the mosque of Deraiya, and Saud, who had for many years led the Wahhabi armies, became the reigning amir . In 1804 Medina was taken and with its fall all resistance ceased .
The Wahhabi empire had now attained its
See also:zenith, a settled government was established able to enforce law and
See also:order in the desert and in the towns, and a spirit of Arabian
See also:nationality had grown up which bade fair to extend the Wahhabi dominion over all the Arab race . It already, however,
See also:bore within it the germ of decay; the accumulation of treasure in the capital had led to a corruption of the simple
See also:manners of the earlier times; the exhaustion of the tribes through the heavy blood tax had roused discontent among them; the plundering of the holy places, the attacks on the pilgrim caravans under the escort of Turkish soldiers, and finally, in 1810, the desecration of the tomb of Mahomet and the removal of its costly treasures, raised a cry of dismay throughout the Mahommedan world, and made it clear even to the Turkish sultan that unless the Wahhabi power were crushed his claims to the caliphate were at an end . But
See also:Turkey was herself fully occupied by affairs in Europe, and to Mehemet Ali, then pasha of Egypt, was deputed the task of bringing the
See also:Wahhabis into subjection . In October 1811 an expedition consisting of ro,000 men under Tusun Pasha, the pasha's son, a youth of sixteen, landed in Hejaz without opposition . Saud with his main forces had started northwards to attack Bagdad, but returning at once he met and defeated Tusun with great loss and compelled him to retire . Medina and subsequently Mecca were eventually taken by the Egyptians, but in spite of continual reinforcements they could do little more tnan hold their own in Hejaz . In 1813 Mehemet Ali was compelled to take the field himself with fresh troops, but was unable to achieve any decisive success, and in 1814 Tusun was again defeated beyond Taif . In May 1814 Saud died, and his son, Abdallah, attempted to negotiate, but Mehemet Ali refused all overtures, and in January 1815 advanced into Nejd, defeated the Wahhabi army and occupied Ras, then the chief town in Kasim . Terms of peace were made, but on the retirement of the Egyptians Abdallah refused to carry out the conditions agreed on, which 'For further details of this period, see EGYPT : History, " Mahommedan Period," § 8.included the return of the jewels plundered by his
See also:father, and another
See also:campaign had to be fought before his submission was obtained . Ibrahim Pasha replaced Tusun in command, and on reaching Arabia in September 1816 his first aim was to gain over the great Bedouin tribes holding the roads between Hejaz and his objective in Nejd; having thus secured his line of advance he pushed on boldly and defeated Abdallah at Wiya, where he put to death all prisoners taken; thence rapidly advancing, with contingents of the friendly Harb and Muter tribes in support of his regular troops, he laid siege to Ras; this place, however, held out and after a four months' siege he was compelled to give up the attack . Leaving it on one side he pushed on eastwards, took Aneza after six days'
See also:bombardment and occupied Bureda . Here he waited two months for reinforcements, and with his Bedouin contingent, strengthened by the adhesion of the Ateba and Bani Khalid tribes, advanced on Shakra in Wushm, which fell in January 1818 after a regular siege .
After destroying Huremala and massacring its inhabit-ants, he arrived before Deraiya on the 14th of April 1818 . For six months the siege went on with varying
See also:fortune, but at last the courage and determination of Ibrahim triumphed, and on the 9th of September, after a heroic resistance, Abdallah, with a remnant of four hundred men, was compelled to surrender . The Wahhabi leader was soon after sent to Constantinople, where, in spite of Mehemet Ali's intercession, he and the companions who had followed him in his captivity were condemned to death, and after being paraded through the city with ignominy for three days were finally beheaded . Deraiya was razed to the ground and the principal towns of Nejd were compelled to admit Egyptian garrisons; but though the Arabs saw themselves powerless to stand before disciplined troops, the Egyptians, on the other hand, had to confess that without useless sacrifices they could not retain their hold on the interior . In 1824
See also:Turki, son of the unfortunate Abdallah, headed a rising which resulted in the re-establishment of the Wahhabi state with Riad as its new capital; and during the next ten years he consolidated his power, paying tribute to and under the nominal
See also:suzerainty of Egypt till his murder in 1834 . His son, Fesal, succeeded him, but in 1836 on his refusal to pay tribute an Egyptian force was sent to depose him and he was taken prisoner and sent to Cairo, while a rival claimant, Khalid, was established as amir in Riad . Mehemet Ali and his son Ibrahim Pasha were, however, now committed to their conflict with Turkey for Syria and Asia Minor, and had no troops to spare for the thankless task of holding the Arabian deserts; the garrisons were gradually withdrawn, and in 1842 Fesal, who had escaped from his prison at Cairo reappeared and was every-where recognized as amir . The few remaining Egyptian troops were ejected from Riad, and with them all semblance of Egyptian or Turkish rule disappeared from central Arabia . For a time it looked as if the supremacy of the Wahhabi empire was to be renewed; El Hasa, Harik, Kasim and Asir returned to their allegiance, but over Oman and Yemen Fesal never re-established his dominion, and the Bahrein sheiks with British support kept their independence . A rival state had, however, arisen, under Abdallah Ibn Rashid in Jebel Shammar . Driven into exile owing to a feud between his family and the Ibn Ali, the leading family of the 16n Shammar, Abdallah came to Riad in 1830, and was Rashid. favourably received by the amir Turki . In 1834 he was with Fesal on an expedition against El Hasa when news came of the amir's murder by his
See also:cousin Masharah .
By Abdallah'sadvice the expedition was abandoned; Fesal hastened back with all his forces to Riad, and invested the citadel where Masharah had taken refuge, but failed to gain possession of it, until Abdallah with two companions found his way into the palace, killed Masharah, and placed Fesal on the
See also:throne of his father . As a
See also:reward for his services Abdallah was appointed governor of Jebel Shammar, and had already established himself in Hail when the Egyptian expedition of 1836 removed Fesal temporarily from Nejd . During the exile of the latter he steadily HISTORY] consolidated his power, extending his influence more especially over the desert tribes, till on Fesal's return in 1842 he had created a state subject only in name to that of which Riad was the capital . On the death of Abdallah in 1843, his son Talal succeeded . He set himself to work to establish law and order throughout the state, to arrange its finances, and to encourage the settlement in Hail of artificers and merchants from abroad; the
See also:building of the citadel and palace commenced by Mehemet Ali, and continued by Abdallah Ibn Rashid, was completed by Talal . The town walls were strengthened, new wells dug, gardens planted, mosques and
See also:schools built . His
See also:uncle Obed, to whom equally with Abdallah is due the foundation of the Ibn Rashid dynasty, . laboured to extend the Shammar boundaries . Khaibar, Tema and Jauf became tributary to Hail . Though tolerant in religion Talal was careful to avoid the suspicion of lukewarmness towards the Wahhabi formulas . Luxury in clothing and the use of
See also:tobacco were prohibited; attendance at the mosque was enforced: any doubt as to his orthodoxy was silenced by the amount and regularity of the tribute sent by him to Riad . Equally guarded was his attitude to the Turkish authorities; it is not improbable that Talal had also entered into relations with the viceroy of Egypt to ensure his position in case of a collision with the
See also:Porte . During his twenty years' reign Jebel Shammar became a
See also:model state, where justice and security ruled in a manner before unheard of .
Fesal may well have watched with jealous anxiety the growing strength of hisneighbour's state as compared with his own, where all progress was arrested by the deadening tyranny of religious fanaticism . On the 11th of March 1868 Talal, smitten with an incurable malady, fell by his own hand and was succeeded by his brother Matab; after a brief reign he was murdered by his The amir nephews, the elder of whom, Bandar, became amir. meaom Mahommed, the third son of the amir Abdallah, was at the time absent.; with a view of getting his uncle into his power, Bandar invited him to return to Hail, and on his arrival went out to meet him accompanied by Hamud, son of Obed, and a small following . Warned by a hurried sign by Hamud that his life was in danger, Mahommed at once attacked Bandar, stabbed him and took possession of the citadel; a general
See also:massacre of all members of the house of Ibn Rashid followed, and next day Mahommed appeared with his cousin Hamud in the market-place of Hail, and announced his
See also:assumption of the amirship . A strong and capable ruler, he soon established his authority over all northern and western Nejd, and in 1872 the opportunity arrived for his intervention in the east . In that year Abdallah, who had succeeded Fesal in Riad in 1867, was deposed, but with the assistance of Mahommed was reinstated; two years later, however, he was again deposed and forced to seek refuge at Hail, from which place he appealed for assistance to the Turkish authorities at Bagdad . Midhat Pasha, then governor-general, seized the occasion of asserting Turkish dominion on the Persian Gulf coast, and in 1875, in spite of British protests, occupied El Hasa and established a new province under the title of Nejd, with its headquarters at Hofuf, of which Abdallah was appointed governor . This was an event of some importance, as it consituted the first Turkish claim to the
See also:sovereignty over Nejd abandoned by Egypt thirty-three years earlier . The Turks did not support their client by advancing into Nejd itself, and he and his rivals were left to fight out their battles among themselves . Turkey was indeed too much occupied by the war with Russia to pay much attention to Arab affairs, though a few years later she attempted to occupy Bahrein by a coup de- main, which was only frustrated by the
See also:action of a British gunboat . Owing to the dissensions among the ruling family of Riad, the towns of eastern Nejd gradually reverted to their former condition of independence, but menaced in turn by the growing power of Hail, they formed a coalition under the leadership of Zamil sheik of Aneza, and in the spring of 1891, Aneza, Bureda, Shakra, Ras and Riad assembled their contingents to contest269 with Ibn Rashid the supremacy in Nejd . The latter had besides 20, 000 of his own south Shammar tribesmen, the whole strength of the Harb Bedouins, some ro,000 men, and an additional support of r000 mounted men from his kinsmen, the northern Shammar from the Euphrates, while the Muter and Ateba tribes took part with the
See also:allies . The total strength of each side amounted to about 30,000 men .
Zamil's forces held a strong position between Aneza and Bureda, and for over a month desultory fighting went on; finally an attack was made against the defenders' centre, covered by 20,000 camel riders; the men of Aneza broke and the whole allied forces fled in disorder; Zamil and his eldest son were killed, as were also two of the Ibn Saud family, while the remainder were taken prisoners . Aneza and Bureda surrendered the same day, and shortly after Ras, Shakra and Riad tendered their submission . This victory placed the whole of northern and central Arabia under the supremacy of Mahommed Ibn Rashid, which he held undisputed during the rest of his life . On his death in 1897 his nephew Abdul-Aziz, son of the murdered amir Matab, succeeded; during his reign a new element has been introduced into Nejd politics by the rising importance of Kuwet and the attempts Recent (Koweit) history . of Turkey to obtain possession of its important harbour . In 19or a
See also:quarrel arose between Sheik Mubarak of Kuwet and the amir of Hail whose cause was supported by Turkey . A force was equipped at Basra under Ahmad Feizi Pasha with the intention of occupying Kuwet; Mubarak thereupon appealed to Great Britain and action was taken which prevented the Turkish designs from being carried out . Kuwet was not formally placed under British protection, but it was officially announced by the government on the 5th of May 1903 " that the establishment of a naval base or fortified port in the Persian Gulf by any other power would be regarded as a very
See also:grave menace to British interests which would certainly be resisted with all the means at its disposal." In the meantime Sheik Mubarak had found useful allies in the Muntafik Arabs from the lower Euphrates, and the Wahhabis of Riad; the latter under the amir Ibn Saud marched against Ibn Rashid, who at the instigation of the Porte had again threatened Kuwet (Koweit), compelled him to retire to his own territory and took possession of the towns of Bureda and Aneza . Sheik Mubarak and his allies continued their advance, defeated Ibn Rashid in two engagements on the 22nd of July and the 26th of September 1904, and drove him back on his capital, Hail . The Porte now made another effort to assist its protege; two columns were despatched from Medina and Basra respectively, to relieve Hail, and drive out the Wahhabis . Ahmad Feizi Pasha, in command of the Basra
See also:column, 4200 strong, crossed the desert and reached the wells of Lina, 200 M. from Hail, on the 5th of March 1905; here, however, he received orders to halt and negotiate before proceeding farther . The Turkish government realized by this time the strength of the hostile combination, and in view of the serious state of affairs in Yemen, hesitated to undertake another campaign in the deserts of Nejd .
Arrangements were accordingly made with the Wahhabis, and on the loth of April Ahmad Feizi Pasha left Lina, ostensibly with the object of protecting the pilgrim road, and joined the Medina column by the end of the month . Bureda and Aneza were occupied without opposition, the rebellious sheiks amnestied by the sultan and loaded with gifts, and formal peace was made between the rival factions . European influence was not felt in Arabia until the arrival of the Portuguese in the eastern seas, following on the discovery of the Cape route . In 15o6 Hormuz was taken by Albuquerque, and Muscat and the coast of Oman (q.v.) Europ n' were occupied by the Portuguese till 165o . In 1516 influence. their fleets appeared in the Red Sea and an unsuccessful attempt was made against Jidda; but the effective occupation of Yemen by the Turks in the next few years frustrated any designs the Portuguese may have had in S.W . Arabia . Even in Oman their hold on the country was limited to Muscat and the adjacent ports, while the interior was ruled by the old Yariba (Ya-'aruba) dynasty from their capital at Rustak . The Persian occupation, which followed that of the Portuguese, came to a.n end in the middle of the 18th century, when Ahmad Ibn Said expelled the invaders and in 1759 established the Ghafari dynasty which still reigns in Oman . He was succeeded by his son, who in 1798 made a treaty with the East India Company with the object of excluding the French from Oman, and the connexion with Great Britain was further strengthened during the long reign of his
See also:grandson . Sultan Said, 1804–1856 . During the earlier years of his reign he was constantly at war with the Wahhabi empire, to which Oman became for a time tributary . The piracies committed by the Jawasimi Arabs in the gulf compelled the intervention of England, and in 18io their strongholds were destroyed by a British-Indian expedition .
The overthrow of the Wahhabis in 1817 restored Sultan Said to independence; he equipped and armed on Western models a fleet built in Indian ports, and took possession ofSokotra and
See also:Zanzibar, as well as the Persian coast north of the straits of Hormuz as far east as Gwadur, while by his liberal policy at home Sohar, Barka and Muscat became prosperous commercial ports . On his death in 1856 the kingdom was divided, Majid, a younger son, taking Zanzibar, while the two elder sons contested the succession to Oman . The eldest, Thuweni, with British support, finally obtained the throne, and in 1862 an engagement was entered into by the French and English governments respecting the independence of the sultans of Oman . He was assassinated in 1866, and his successor, Seyyid Turki, reigned till 1888 . On his death several claimants disputed the succession; ultimately his son Fesal was recognized by the British government, and was granted a
See also:subsidy from British-Indian revenues, in
See also:consideration of which he engaged not to cede any of his territory without the consent of the British government; similar engagements have been entered into by the tribes who occupy the south coast from the borders of Oman westward to the straits of Bab-el-Mandeb . The opening of the overland route to India again brought the west coast of Arabia into importance . Aden was occupied by the British in 1839 . The Hejaz coast and some of the Yemen ports were still held by Mehemet Ali, as viceroy of Egypt, but on his final withdrawal from Arabia in 1845, Hejaz came under direct Turkish rule, and the conquest of Yemen in 1872 placed the whole Red Sea littoral (with the exception of the Midian coast, ceded by Egypt on the accession of Abbas Hilmi Pasha) under
See also:Ottoman administration . The
See also:island of Perim at the southern entrance of the Red Sea has been a British possession since 1857, while the promontory of Shekh Said on the Arabian side of the strait is in Turkish occupation . In order to define the limits between Turkish territory and that of the independent Arab tribes in political relations with Great Britain, a joint commission of British and Turkish officers in 1902–1905 laid down a boundary line from Shekh Said to a point on the river Bana, 12 M. north-east of the small town of Kataba, from which it is continued in a north-easterly direction up to the great desert . This delimitation places the whole of southern Arabia, east of this line, within the British sphere of influence, which thus includes the district surrounding Aden (q.v.), the Hadramut and Oman with its dependencies . The provinces of Hejaz and Yemen are each administered by a Turkish governor-general, with headquarters at Taif and Sana Turkish respectively; the country is nominally divided up role, into divisions and districts under minor officials, but Turkish rule has never been acquiesced in by the inhabitants, and beyond the larger towns, all of which are held by strong garrisons, Turkish authority hardly exists .
The powerful Bedouin tribes of Hejaz have always asserted their independence, and are only kept quiet by the large money payments made them by the sultan on the occasion of the annual pilgrimage to the holy cities . A large part of Asir and northern Yemen has never been visited by Turkish troops, and such revenues as are collected, mainly fromvexatious customs and transit duties, are quite insufficient to meet the salaries of the officials, while the troops, ill-fed and their pay indefinitely in arrears, live on the country as best they can . A serious revolt broke out in Yemen in 1892 . A Turkish detachment collecting taxes in the Bani Merwan lands north of Hodeda was destroyed by a body of Arabs . This
See also:reverse set all Yemen aflame; under the leadership of the imam, who had, since the Turkish occupation, lived in retirement at Sada, 120 M. north of the capital, the powerful tribes between Asir and Sana advanced southwards, occupied the principal towns and besieged the few Turkish fortified posts that still held out . In many cases the garrisons, Arab troops from Syria, went over to the insurgents . Meanwhile, reinforcements under General Ahmad Feizi Pasha reached Hodeda, Manakha was retaken, Sana relieved, and by the end of January 1893 the country with the exception of the northern mountainous districts was reconquered . A state of intermittent rebellion, however, continued, and in 1904 a general revolt took place with which the normal garrison of Yemen, the 7th army
See also:corps, was quite unable to
See also:cope . The military posts were everywhere besieged, and Sana, the capital, was cut off from all communication with the coast . During February 1905 reinforcements were sent up which raised the garrison of Sana to a strength of eight battalions, and in March a further reinforcement of about the same strength arrived, and fought its way into the capital with the loss of almost all its guns and
See also:train . The position was then desperate, wholesale
See also:desertion and
See also:starvation had decimated the garrison, and three weeks later Ali Riza Pasha, the Turkish
See also:commander,. was compelled to surrender . The fall of Sana made a deep impression at Constantinople, every effort was made to hasten out reinforcements, the
See also:veteran Ahmad Feizi Pasha was nominated to the supreme command, and Anatolian troops in place of the unreliable Syrian element were detailed .
The scale of the operations may be judged from the fact that the total number of troops mobilized up to the beginning of July 1905 amounted to 126 battalions, 8 squadrons and 15 batteries; the
See also:rebel leader Mahommed Yahiya had at this time a following of 50,000 . By the end of June, Ahmad Feizi Pasha was in a position to advance on Manakha, where he organized an efficient transport, rallied the scattered remnants of Ali Riza's army, and with the newly arrived troops had by the middle of July a force of some 40 battalions available for the advance on Sana . He left Manakha on the 17th of July, and after almost daily fighting reached Sana on the 3oth of August; on the 3ist he entered the city without serious opposition, the insurgents having. retreated northward .
ARABI PASHA (c. 1839- )
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