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Tion and again The fret their shoulders insurrection in 1892 this year (1899) In Yemen the under the galling yoke of the all by the capture of was nearly a revolu- Yemen is in arms. It is THE GEOGRAPHICAL DIVISIONS OF ARABIA 27 very suggestive that in the present revolt some of the Arabs made use of the EngUsh flag to secure sympathy. In Hasa, the real sovereignty of Turkey only exists in three or four towns while all the Bedouin and yield to the alone Dowla, neither actually Turkish is and centres fairest of the villagers Nominally, however, Tur- province on the south, on the west and the Irak But even yields large revenue.

The sacred territory of Medina ten or twelve miles in is Outside of these two diameter, from Jebel 'Air to Saoor. centres all of the province of fidels, Hejaz is legally accessible to in- but the fanaticism of centuries has practically whole region round Mecca and Medina forbidden any but Moslems. made the territory to In Jiddah Christians are tolerated because of necessity, but were the Mullahs of Mecca to have their way not a Prankish merchant or consul would reside there for a single day. ^ 1 The first account of a European visiting Mecca Others have lost is that of Ludovico Bartema, a gentleman of Rome, tive was published in 1555.

The third division, Arabia Petrcea, or " Stony Arater epithet — bia," appears in Ptolemy and first trict. He and so his Felix. limits is applied to the Sinai dis- Arabia Deserta to the extreme northern desert map of the entire peninsula bears the title of Arabia The great geographer anticipated all modern maps of Arabia by naming the regions according habit of them a ; lines artificial with a much more name to suit the cartographer. The Arab geographers know nothing sion sandy, into to the tribes that in- method than the drawing around natural features and dubbing them intelligent stony, of this threefold divi- and happy-land.

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