See also:island in the Persian Gulf . It is mentioned in the 12th century as being the residence of an Arab pirate from
See also:Oman, who exacted a tribute from the pearl
See also:fisheries of the gulf and had the title of "
See also:King of the
See also:Sea.," and it
See also:rose to importance in the 13th century with the fall of Siraf as a transit station of -the
See also:trade between India and the West . In the 14th century it was supplanted by
See also:Hormuz and lapsed into its former insignificance . The island is nearly ro m. long and 5 M. broad, and contains a number of small villages, the largest, Mashi, with about roo houses, being situated on its
See also:north-eastern corner in 26° 34' N. and 54° 2' E . The highest
See also:part of the island has an
See also:elevation of 120 ft . The inhabitants are
See also:Arabs, and nearly all pearl fishers, possessing many boats, which they take to the pearl
See also:banks on the Arabian
See also:coast . The
See also:water supply is scanty and there is little vegetation, but sufficient for sustaining some flocks of
See also:sheep and goats and some
See also:cattle . Near the centre of the north coast are the ruins of the old city, now known as Harira, with remains of a mosque, with octagonal columns, rnasonry, water-cisterns (two 150 ft. long, 40 ft. broad, 24 ft. deep) and a
See also:fine underground canal, or aqueduct,
See also:half a mile long and cut in the solid
See also:rock 20 ft. below the
See also:surface . Fragments of glazed tiles and
See also:brown and blue pottery, of thin
See also:white and blue
See also:porcelain, of
See also:green celadon (some with white
See also:work or figures in
See also:glass beads, bangles, &c., are abundant . Kish is the Kataia of
See also:Arrian; Chisi and Quis of Marco Polo; Quixi, Queis, Caez, Cais, &c., of Portuguese writers; and Khenn, or Kenn, of
See also:English .
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