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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2129] (646/1262)

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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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In the spring of 1901 the Shu^-us-Sultaneh, the Shales second and 1901-1902.
favourite son, was appointed Governor-General of Fars, arriving in April
a t Shiraz; he ruled with a strong hand and maintained general
security ; but he had the misfortune to quarrel with the Qavvam-ul-
Mulk of Shiraz, who on his representations was removed to Tehran
a l on g with his son the Baiglar-Baigi. In January 1902^ however,
the Qavvam -iil-Mulk was allowed to return from the capital and
entered on a course of intrigue, the outcome of which was that in March
the Prince and his adversary were both summoned to the capital while
the Governor -Generalship of Ears was conferred on the Asaf-ud-Dauleh.
The administration of the Asaf-ud-Dauleh was popular, but weak; 1902-1903.
the unruly tribes of the province made head ; and the highways became
unsafe, meanwhile, in August 1902, the Qavvam-ul-Mulk was again
permitted to return to Shiraz; but he had not been there two months
when he was ordered to proceed on pilgrimage to Karbala ; later in the
year, however, he was pardoned and came home.
In the spring of 1903 the A^la-ud-Dauleh took up the reins of 1903-1904,
government; when he appeared at Shiraz, in April, the Qavvam-ul-
Mulk was found to be in his train ; but the new Governor^General at
once gave proofs of independence and force of character. At the end
of the year he proceeded to Bushehr, where it was intended that he
should welcome Lord Curzon, the Viceroy and Governor-General of
India, then on tour in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; but circumstances deprived
him, as related elsewhere, of the expected honour.
In 1904, the A ; la-ud-Dauleh having been recalled to Tehran, Ears 1904-1905.
remained without a Governor-General until the month of June, when
His Royal Highness the Shu^-us-Sultaneh, who had held office in 1901-
1902, was reappointed to Shiraz. His administration, praiseworthy during
first tenure of office, was this time execrable in every respect. In 1905
disorders broke out at Shiraz, where the Jewish community had for
some time been mercilessly harried; and something approaching a
general revolt of the people of Fars against his government, which was
<( unconscionably corrupt and unscrupulous/"' occurred and necessitated
his removal.
We at length reach the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. proper, and may first of all Administra-
note the manner in which the administration of the Gulf Ports, a divi-
sion including the most important ports of the Persian Coast, as well as 1896-1905.
all its islands, was conducted during the period.
At its commencement the Governorship of the Gulf Ports was held ie^6.
bj the Hisam-us-Sultaneh, whose rule was characterised by ec an utter

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2129] (646/1262), 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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