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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1645] (162/1262)

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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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Shaikh Barkat was murdered in 178^ when he was succeeded by his
cousin Ghadhban-bin-Salman; and the latter was killed in 1792,
Mubarak-bin-Barkat taking his place. Mubarak was ousted by Faris-
bin-Dawud in 1794 ; and Paris, in his turn, made way for a stranger or
distant relation named ''Alwan in 1795.
Of Shushtar, " a city of considerable importance in regard to the
commercial intercourse which subsists between it and Basrah, and on
account of its manufacture of chintz/'' it was reported in 1790 that the
government is in the hands of a Khan who, secure in his situation, has
for some years past but slightly acknowledged the superiority of the
" Government at Sherauze, bufc his independence is restrained at home by
"the authority possessed by the elders of the city, who are always
"watchful to prevent his abuse of power.^
Shushtar in
External relations of 'Arabistan, 1779-95.
During the latter part of the eighteenth century, a political crisis at
Basrah was sure to attract the instant close attention of the Ka'ab
Shaikh; and the evacuation of the town by the Persians in the spring of
1779 formed no exception to the general rule. The irreproachable conduct
of the Ka^ab on this occasion, towards the temporary Arab government
of the town and towards the British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , is described in another
place, in the history of Turkish 'Iraq. Sadiq Khan, the commander of
the retiring Persian garrison, passed through Doraq on his homeward
The Tangistani Chief, Baqir Khan, in bis usurpation of the govern
ment of Bushehrin July 1779, a depended much upon succour from the
Chaub, whom he solicited as soon as he got possession of Bushire ; rV but,
as related in the history of the Persian Coast, the Ka^ab Shaikh, who
was then engaged in an unsuccessful war with some powerful neighbour,
failed to afford him any real assistance.
In July 1780 the Ka'ab tribe were at war with the 'Utub, both of
Zuharah in Qatar and of Kuwait; but the causes, character and results
of the conflict are all equally unascertainable.
With the Turks and Arabs of the Basrah neighbourhood, the relations
of the Ka'ab continued to be uncertain and fluctuating. Under their
Shaikh Barkat the Ka'ab, at some time prior to 1782, ^seized from the
Turkish proprietors the extensive and fertile district of Boojidee between
Tamar and Haffar, and bestowed it upon the Bawee Arabs, into which
tribe he had married/' Towards the end of 1784 there was war between
The Ka'ab at
the evacua
tion of Bas
rah, 1779.
Ka 'ab
ure of BSah-
ehr 1779.
The Ka'ah
at war with
the 'Utah,
Eelations of
the Ka'ab
with the

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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' [‎1645] (162/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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