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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1674] (191/1262)

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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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Visit of the
Baron de Bode
to 'Arabistan,
Resident then referred the matter to Tehran^ where the British Minister,
Colonel Sheil, obtained a Farman from the Shah and a letter from the
Prime Minister of Persia for General Snlaiman Khan at Muhammareh in
which it was ordered that restitution should be made. The Ka^ab Shaikh
next had recourse to shifts and evasions, necessitating a fresh application
to the Persian Prime Minister.
At length, in May 1845, the Batil and her stores were recovered from
the KVab and taken in charge by Lieutenant Ford, who had been sent in
the schooner " Constance ^ to obtain her release.
Relations of other foreign countries with 'Arabistan, 1834-1848.
Besides Britain no European power, unless possibly Russia, exhibited
at this time any interest in the affairs of/Arabistan.
Baron C. A. de Bode, the First Secretary of the Russian Legation at
Tehran, travelled in ''Arabistan during the winter of 1840-41, passing from
Behbehan to Mai-Amir, and thence to Shushtar and Dizful. He appear
ed to be on good terms with the Persian Governor of the province, the
Mo^tamad-ud-Dauleh ; but his journey had no visible political results,
and from his own account of it would seem to have been undertaken *
without any political object.
NASIR-UD-DIN SHAH, 1848-1896. +
The reign of Nasir-ud-Din Shah is characterised by a marked
* See Baron de Bode's Travels in Luristdn and 'Arahistdn, especially Volume II,
pages 104-105.
f The chief official sources of information relating to 'Arabistan in the reign of
Nasir-ud-Din Shah are Mr. J. A. Saldanha's Precis of Persian Arahistan Affairs,
1904, and Lieutenant A. T. Wilson's of the Relations of the British Government
with the Tribes and Shaikhs of Arabistan, 1912. These cover the whole period and
are supplemented, from 1872 onward, by the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. 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. Administration
Reports* Loftus's Travels and Researches in Chaldcea and Susiana, 1857, con
tains some information in regard to local events in 1850-52. The main authorities
for the operations of the war[iof 1856-1857 are Captain G. H. Hunt's Outram and
Haveloch's Persian Campaign, 1858, containing spirited sketches by the author;
General Sir J. O. Outram's Persian Campaign in 1857, 1860, with despatches, demi 1
official correspondence, and plans ; Lieutenant C. E. Low's History of the Indian
Navy, 1877 ; and Colonel Mark Bellas Account of the British Wars with Persia
1889, Madame J. Dieulafoy's La Perse, la Chaldee, et la Susiane, 1887, and A Suse^
1888, contain a few political data. The principal modern work in which the province
lis treated of is Lord Curzon's Persia and the Persia Question* 1892. Mr. V. Chirol's
Middle Eastern 1903, and Mr. H. T.'Whigham's Persian Problem* 1903,
especially the former, supply later information in regard to British enterprise on the
Karun river, etc.

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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' [‎1674] (191/1262), 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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