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The Land of Midian — Volume 2   By: (1821-1890)

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The Land of Midian (Revisited).

By Richard F. Burton.

In Two Volumes.

Vol. II.

C. Kegan Paul & Co. London:


To the Memory of My Much Loved Niece, Maria Emily Harriet Stisted, Who Died at Dovercourt, November 12, 1878.


PART II. The March Through Central and Eastern Midian. (Continued)

Chapter XI. The Unknown Lands South of the Hismá Ruins of Shuwák and Shaghab Chapter XII. From Shaghab to Zibá Ruins of El Khandakí and Umm Ámil The Turquoise Mine Return to El Muwaylah Chapter XIII. A Week Around and Upon the Shárr Mountain Résumé of the March Through Eastern or Central Midian Chapter XIV. Down South To El Wijh–Notes on the Quarantine The Hutaym Tribe. Chapter XV. The Southern Sulphur Hill The Cruise to El Haurá Notes on the Baliyy Tribe and the Volcanic Centres of North Western Arabia Chapter XVI. Our Last March The Inland Fort Ruins of the Gold Mines at Umm El Karáyát and Umm El Haráb Chapter XVII. The March Continued to El Badá Description of the Plain Badais Chapter XVIII. Coal a "Myth" March to Marwát Arrival at the Wady Hamz Chapter XIX. The Wady Hamz The Classical Ruin Abá'l Marú, The Mine of "Marwah" Return to El Wijh Résumé of the Southern Journey Conclusion

Appendix I. Dates of the Three Journeys (Northern, Central, and Southern) made by the Second Khedivial Expedition Appendix II. EXpenses of the Expedition to Midian, Commanded by Captain R. F. Burton, H.B.M. Consul, Trieste Appendix III. Preserved Provisions and other Stores, Supplied by Messrs. Voltéra Bros., of the Ezbekiyyah, Cairo Appendix IV. Botany and List of Insects Appendix V. Meteorological Journal


PART II. The March Through Central and Eastern Midian. (Continued.)

Chapter XI. The Unknown Lands South of the Hismá–Ruins of Shuwák and Shaghab.

We have now left the region explored by Europeans; and our line to the south and the south east will lie over ground wholly new. In front of us the land is no longer Arz Madyan: we are entering South Midian, which will extend to El Hejáz. As the march might last longer than had been expected, I ordered fresh supplies from El Muwaylah to meet us in the interior viâ Zibá. A very small boy acted dromedary man; and on the next day he reached the fort, distant some thirty five and a half direct geographical miles eastward with a trifling of northing.

We left the Jayb el Khuraytah on a delicious morning (6.15 a.m., February 26th), startling the gazelles and the hares from their breakfast graze.

The former showed in troops of six; and the latter were still breeding, as frequent captures of the long eared young proved. The track lay down the Wady Dahal and other influents of the great Wady Sa'lúwwah, a main feeder of the Dámah. We made a considerable détour between south south east and south east to avoid the rocks and stones discharged by the valleys of the Shafah range on our left. To the right rose the Jibál el Tihámah, over whose nearer brown heights appeared the pale blue peaks of Jebel Shárr and its southern neighbour, Jebel Sa'lúwwah.

At nine a.m. we turned abruptly eastward up the Wady el Sulaysalah, whose head falls sharply from the Shafah range. The surface is still Hismá ground, red sand with blocks of ruddy grit, washed down from the plateau on the left; and, according to Furayj, it forms the south western limit of the Harrah... Continue reading book >>

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