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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1751] (268/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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further delay. It may be mentioned that Bushehr and the greater part of
the Persian coast had already, 1901-0^ been placed in charge of the
Imperial Persian Customs. Shaikh Khaz^al immediately despatched his
Secretary to Tehran to discuss the subject with the Shah^s Ministers ;
and Haji Rais, who arrived there early in April and consulted the British
Legation freely during his negotiations, eventually succeeded in obtaining
a compromise not unfavourable to his master, besides concessions of the
greatest moment in matters not connected with the Customs.
By a Farman issued in June or July 1902, His Majesty the Shah
appointed Shaikh Khaz^al Khan to be Director-General of the Customs
of ; Arabistan under the Persian Ministry of Customs, subject to the
condition that Mr. Waffelaert, a Belgian Director of the Imperial Persian
Customs—who was, however, to be regarded as his subordinate—should
be associated with him in their management, as also Mirza Yante, a
Persian subject. The Belgian Director was to treat the Shaikh with
deference and respect, and comply with his instructions and advice in
all questions affecting Arabs and natives of the country; and the
Shaikh on his part must show friendliness to the new Customs officials
and afford them his co-operation and support. Duty was to be taken at
a uniform ad valorem rate of 5 per cent on goods of all kinds; no
further charges were to be levied in the interior on goods which had paid
Customs duty; and the Shaikh was to place his steam launches at the
disposal of the Customs whenever their services were required. The
inferior Customs staff were to be selected and appointed with the
Shaikhs approval ; and the Shaikh himself, as Director-General, w^as
to receive a salary of 1^000 Tumans a month out of the Customs
In another document handed to the Shaikh^s agent at about the same
time, the Persian Government undertook that the exportation of dates
and other fruits, fresh or dried, should always be allowed duty free 5 but
grain was made liable to the same export duty as might be imposed in
other provinces. It was also promised that a reduction should be made
in the amount of the revenue (Malyat) payable by the Shaikh, which
had hitherto included a sum on account of customs : in 1900 this sum
had been estimated at 15,000 Tumans out of a total amount of 90,000.
A guarantee was also given that the Customs administration would not
be allowed to interfere in executive matters.
Under these arrangements, which, it will be seen, amply safe
guarded the general prestige and executive authority of the Shaikh, the
Customs establishments of ^Arabistan, including Custom houses at Nasiri,

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

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1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1751] (268/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 March 2024]

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