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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1651] (168/1262)

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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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MUHAMMAD SHAH, 1834.-1848*
it %
Usalf fi j) m [ n g the reign of Muhammad Shah over Persia, the principal
^ ^ events of which are related in the chapter on the history of the Persian
Coast and Islands, a part of the province of ; Arabistan—including
^of 18| Muhammareh—was at first in dispute between Persia and Turkey, but
was in the end awarded to Persia. In the internal history of 'Ar-.bistan
^ the most remarkable features of the period were an obstinate contest for
^ superiority between the Shaikh of the Ka'ab at Fallahiyeh and his erst-
' as > 0 ^t w ^Q e vassal, the Shaikh of the Muhaisin at Muhammareh, and the exten
sion by the Persian Central Government of their own authority, in a
c • more or less effective form, to the very banks of the Shatt-al-'Arab.
t umki
the aW The conflict over the possession of Muhammareh, not only between
urposesii Persia and Turkey but also between the Shaikh of the Ka'ab and the
3 the I Shaikh of the Muhaisin, renders the political history of the province at this
)ved tyt time so confused that it will be better to depart here to some extent from our
h accori usu al division of the subject, and to treat of events chronologically in so
sent en f ar as Persian and Turkish interests are concerned. British and other foreign
jpellbg 1 ^terests, however, will be separated as elsewhere from other matters and
^ a ^ eS| disposed of in one place for the whole period.
At the beginning of Muhammad Shah^s reign ; Arabistan consisted Administra-
of three administrative districts ; that of Dizful and Shushtar, which was
, j 1834.
.. * For nearly all questions connected with the history of 'ArabisUn during this
period Layard is the chief authority, principally in his Early Adventures in Persia,
Susiana and Babylonia, 1887, hut also in his Description of the Province of
(Journal of the Eoyal Geographical Society), Vol. XVI, 1846, pages 1 to
he histo ^l a j or Rawlinson's Memorandum on the Dispute between Turkey and Persta
t at l| re 9 ar ^ n y Mohamerah and the Political Position of Chaah Tribe, 1844, contains
, valuable information regarding the subjects indicated by the title; and Observations
^ ov. a Persian Memorandum, 1844, also by Rawlinson, throwing some light on tha
BagW capture of Muhammereh by the Turks in 1837, will be found appended to Mr. Alwyn
of M Parker's Memorandum respecting the Frontier betiveen Mohammerah and Turkey,
o printed for the use of the Foreign Office in April 1912. Matters of river navigation
,i rjijj dealt with by Layard; but the professional authority under this head is Selby,
whose Account of the Ascent of the Karun and Dizful Rivers and the Ah-i
istratioi Q ar g ar Cana i to Shuster will be found in the Journal of the Royal Geographical
Society, Vol. XIV, 1844, pages 219 to 246. Lieutenant C. R. Low's History of the Indian
Navy, 1877, may also be consulted. Other useful works are Baron C. A. de Bode's
lalist}® 5 ' Travels in Luristdn and Arabistdn, 1845 ; Loftus' Travels and Researches in Chal*
here^ daea and Susiana, 1857 ; Lord Curzon's Persia and the Persian Question, 1892;
vationsand Lieutenant A. T. Wilson's Precis of the Relations of the British Government
'tgeil voith the Tribes and Shaikhs of Arabistdn, 1912. Bombay Selection No. JLXTV,
lia/' ^ ers ^ an @"ulf, 1856, is of occasional value.
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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' [‎1651] (168/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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