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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1663] (180/1262)

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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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lie I auxiliaries; suddenly annexed a fresh condition to the departure of him-
^ self and bis army ; it was that every member of Muhammad Taqi Khan^s
rsli p family then in Ka'ab territory, together with all the Bakhtiyari Chiefs'
dependents there, should be given up to him. To enforce it he moved
his camp nearer to Fallahiyeh, pitching it on the bank of the Umm-as-
Sakhar Canal,
The new demand, compliance with which was forbidden by Arab custom, Night attack
and which appeared the more outrageous on account of what had e-one 0 - n tlie Pel '
^ sian camp.
before, provoked a night attack upon the Persian camp, made with the
object of rescuing Muhammad Taqi Khan. The Bakhtiyaris, to whom
Mr. Layard attached himself on this occasion, took the lead in the affair,
and they were seconded by the Ka'ab tribesmen; but Shaikh Thamir did
not personally participate, fearing to place himself too unmistakably in
rebellion against the Persian Government. The Mo^tamad^s camp was
successfully surprised ; great confusion arose in it; much random firing
of small arms took place in the dark; Bakhtiyari and Arab riders
careered through the lines, cutting down all that they met; the horses
of the Persian cavalry stampeded ; and a Persian battery opened with
grape shot on a seething crowd which appeared to be advancing against
the Mujtahid^s pavilion, but which really consisted of a Persian regiment
in retreat. Muhammad Taqi Khan, unfortunately, could not be found,
for at the first alarm he had been removed from his usual place of con
finement to the presence of the Mohamad ; and the Ka^ab, who had lost
a number of men including one of their principal Shaikhs, began to
waver and fall back. The attack thus failed in its principal purpose j
but Agha Karim, Muhammad Taqi Khan's brother, recovered his liberty;
Shafi' Khan, the Bakhtiyari Chief whom the Mo'tamad had employed
as a go-between, escaped to his friends ; and the Persians suffered heavy
losses and were much discouraged.
The Mo'tamad-ud-Dauleh, apparently nothing daunted, replied to this
sortie by again attempting to approach nearer to Fallahiyeh ; but his
efforts to bridge a canal that blocked the way w^ere opposed by Shaikh
Thamir's Arabs with an obstinacy that threatened to make progress beyond
it, if bridged, impossible to the disheartened Persian troops. The Mo'ta-
mad also feared that Shaikh Thamir might, if too closely pressed, throw
himself into the arms of the Turks. He therefore closed the campaign
and retired to Shushtar for the summer with his army.
On his return to Shushtar the Mo'tamad-ud-Dauleh amused himself I^ter
by wringing money out of the unfortunate inhabitants of that town, of P roce * din ^

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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' [‎1663] (180/1262), 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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