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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2092] (609/1262)

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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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with British
1863 —96.
of the British Government there " that^ in accordance with tlie holy
treaty the subjects and dependents of friendly powers should not be own
ers o£ landed property, in the Persian territories, except under the
permission and sanction of the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs."
Administrative interference with British trade, dictated sometimes by
political and sometimes by other considerations, was not infrequent upon
the Persian Coast during the reign of Nasir-ud-Din Shah.
In 1867 the agents of the British India Steam Navigation
at Bushehr complained to the Resident that they found it almost
ble to carry on business at all with Persia, owing to vexatious obstacles
thrown in their way by the authorities, especially in the form of sud
den embargoes upon particular articles of export. The treatment from
which they suffered was totally inconsistent with the liberty of Britisli
trade with Persia supposed to exist under treaty; and the Company
proposed to abandon Lingeh as a port of call for their vessels, in conse*
quence of a recent Persian prohibition against the landing of cargo there.
Embargoes on the exportation of grain ; for which scarcity often
afforded a pretext or justification, were of common occurrence; and it
was noticed that, though they were enforced with great rigidity against
foreign merchants, disregard of them by others was tolerated to suoli
an extent as to constitute a serious injustice to British traders. In
1863, 1866, and 1868 protests on these grounds against grain embar
goes were received from British merchants; but during the famine of
1870—72, as we have already seen, the British aathorities in
acquiesced and co-operated in the bringing of the grain trade
under official control.
In 1873 there were complaints of the exaction of Rahdaii, oi
irregular road tolls, on British goods in transit between Bushebi and
Shiraz,—a serious and oft-recurring impediment to trade by the
mountainous routes leading from the coast into central Persia.
At the end of 1874 scarcity was apprehended at Bushehr; and 011
the 23rd December a Saiyid, acting on behalf of one of the Mujt a ^
visited some British proteges engaged in the grain trade and threa e iie
them with riots if they should persist in exporting grain which they a
bought some time before, and for which they had actually ^ 61
tonnage. Next, in spite of protests by the British Minister at Telnan
and a demand by him that the usual months notice of an embalm
should be given, the exportation of grain from Bushehi 4 was sudden
prohibited by the Persian Government after only 15 warning)

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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:

Extent and format
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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2092] (609/1262), 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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