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The liwa of Amara lies astride the Tigris and measures about 150 miles from north-west to south-east and 75 miles across at its broadest part. In Ottoman times the whole of the liwa, except a few small properties near the river, was the personal domain of the Sultan and was administered by a special department. At Amara the plans for Lorimer's mission to Pusht-i Kuh were hanging fire, but in the meantime he seemed quite glad to leave to a younger man much of the district work, whether the ordinary routine of civil administration or co-operation with the military. The author first tribal contacts were with the Bani Lam, who occupied nearly the whole of the northern region (the only exception being the Al Bu Darraj at the southern end on the west bank), and this far-flung tribe must have a few more words of introduction.

Keywords: Amara; Bani Lam; civil administration; Lorimer's mission; Pusht-i Kuh



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