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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1661] (178/1262)

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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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impromptu verses in defiance o£ the enemy, or in praise of Sheikh Thamer—such as
«Let no one give his daughter to the Bowi' (an Arab tribe hostile to the Cha'b),
< Thamer is a burning fire,' ' Thamer is the lion of war '—accompanying the words with
fierce gestures, brandishing their swords and spears, and discharging their match-locks.
This dancing, and yelling, and firing never ceased night or day. The faces and limbs
of these Arabs were almost black from constant exposure to the sun. They^were
nearly nakei, and theii hair was plaited in long tresses shining with grease.
In addition to these armed auxiliaries the town, and the palm groves for a consi
derable distance around it, were crowded with men, women, and children, who, with
their sheep^ camels and buffaloes, had taken refuge from the advancing Persian. It
was a mystery to me how Shaikh Thamer could provide provisions for such a
One morning Shaff Khan^ a Bakhtiyari chief sent by the Mc'tainad-
ud-Dauleh^ entered Fallahiyeh along with some Persian officers ; he was
charged with a communication for Muhammad Taqi Khan. Shaikh
Thamir, however, persisted that he knew nothing of the Bakhtiyari chiefs
movements or whereabouts.
Later a second envoy from the Mohamad appeared in the person of
Ja^far 'Ali Khan, an arrogant Persian in Manuchehr Khan^s confidence,
and sought to intimidate Shaikh Thamir into surrendering his Bakhtiyari
guest. He was effectually answered by Mir Mahanna, a Shaikh and
doughty warrior of the Ka-'ab, who took upon himself the responsibility
of having brought Muhammad Taqi Khan to Fallahiyeh without Shaikh
Thamir ; s knowledge, and whose fiery speech raised such a tumult in the
assembly that the Mohamad's emissary, as cowardly as he was boastful,
beat a hurried retreat.
After this the Mohamad, advised and supported by the * Wali of
Hawizeh, to whom as well as to the Shaikh of the Bawiyeh he had pro
mised the headship of the^ Ka^ab ini'case Shaikh Thamir should be
deprived of it, advanced his camp to Gharaibeh. He found the place
deserted and destroyed, and all his efforts to establish himself nearer
to Fallahiyeh were foiled by the inundations and the stout resistance
of the Ka^ab musketeers. Little help was needed from Shaikh Thamir's
artillery, to the fire of which the Persians were careful not to expose them
selves. The Sharif at professed neutrality, but joined the Persian camp,
while the Zarqan tribe associated themselves with the Ka'ab in supporting
Shaikh Thamir.
Finding that his troops began to suffer from malaria and the daily
increasing heat, the Mo'tamad-ud-Dauleh again resorted to negotiations.
He reminded Muhammad Taqi Khan of the Bakhtiyari hostages in his
hands, to whose number Agha Karim, a brother of Muhammad Taqi, had
* The Wali of Hawizeh was at enmity with Muhammad Taqi Khan, who it would
seem had temporarily taken possession of his capital, the town of Hawizeh, in 1839.
Mission of
Shafi' Khan
from the
ud-Dauleh to
Mission of
Ja'far 'Ali
Khan to Fal
Advance of
the Mo'ta-
Dauleh to
seizure of
Taqi Khan
by 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' [‎1661] (178/1262), 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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