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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1626] (143/1262)

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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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Affairs in
* Arabistan
about 1625.
of the Ka'ab
into 'Arabis-
this time widely waste, not barren, but untilled for fear of the Turks f
and it seems that the Portuguese, when they were on bad terms with the
Turks, sometimes made liberal offers to Mubarak to induce him to enter
into an offensive and defensive alliance with them against the Ottoman,
but that he did not respond to their advances.
In 1625, at the time of the Italian Pietro della Valleys visit to
Basrah, Mubarak had been dead for some years. On his decease his
brother, named Mansur, had been appointed by the Persian monarch to
the governorship of Hawizeh,"* but, finding the yoke of Shah "'Ahhas
too heavy for his liking, he had entered into a treasonable correspondence
with the Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. of Basrah, then Afrasiyab, with a view to asserting his
independence. In order to bring his loyalty to the test, the Shah, on the
occasion of the successful expedition against Baghdad in 1623, required
Mansur to join the Persian army; but Imam Quli Khan, though on the
march from Shiraz to Baghdad he waited for him many days at Hawizeh,
could not induce him to move. After this the Shah several times
summoned Mansur to wait on him at Isfahan, but the cautious Shaikh,
while he invariably returned a soft answer, did not obey; and at length
Shah ^Abbas became incensed and ordered him to repair to Isfahan on
pain of losing his head. The only answer, however, which Mansur
returned to this ultimatum was: That if the Shah was King in Persia,
himself was King in Hawizeh, and that he did not value him ; 39 and Imam
Quli Khan was accordingly despatched with a large force to capture or
kill Mansur and to set up in his place his nephew Muhammad, a son of the
late Mubarak, who had been educated at the Safavi court. In the latter
part of his task the Persian general was successful; but Mansur escaped
and sought refuge, accompanied by 500 followers, with the Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders.
of Basrah, 'Ali Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. , who granted him a place to settle at in
Basrah territory closely adjoining Hawizeh. The former subjects of
Mansur acquiesced in the installation of Muhammad as their governor
on the condition, which Imam Quli Khan granted, that no Persian
garrison should be left at Hawizeh. These events occurred at the begin
ning of 1625, immediately before the Persian movement against
Basrah in March of that year.
The Ka ab tribe, who were afterwards during more than one genera
tion to play a leading part in the politics of ^Arabistan, appear to have
* Tks may have be en m i^ 1 , for w0 find that on the 8th of January 1622 at
lll t ere Kfcan 0 f Shiraz had then arrived on his way to attack Hormuz, a
great teast and triuapb was nlso made for the joyful news of the King's taking in
of a great Countne in Arabia, and of Aweiza the chiefe Oitie of that Countrie "

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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' [‎1626] (143/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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