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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1675] (192/1262)

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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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Minit development of the power of the Tehran Government in ^Arabistan^ to
f from| which province its attention had been drawn by the dispute with
Turkey regarding Muhammareh, settled in 1847 by the Treaty of
Erzeroum. In local affairs the most outstanding feature was the
definitive supersession of the Ka^ab Shaikh of Fallahiyeh by the
Muhaisin Shaikh of Muhammareh as the chief tribal authority in
Southern ^Arabistan.
Persian administration of 'Arabistan, 1848-1896.
een sent::
i exMtt
At the beginning of the period the ruler of /Arabistan on the part Government
of the Shah's Government was Siilaiman Khan^ known as the Hisam- ^^nn 511
ud-DauIeh ; a Christian^ the relation and apparently the immediate 1851.
successor of Manuchehr Khan, the infamous Mo'tamad-ud-Dauleh.
Heap His administiation seems to have been as effioient as was possible in the
mm circumstances; but in 1850 the paramount chief of the Bakhtiyaris
cal resi defied his authority, and there was fighting upon the Karkhah between
idertab the Bani Lam and the A1 Kathir which the Governor could not prevent
and m which the former tribe seem to have had the advantage. The
A1 Kathir had been brought regularly under Persian authority for
the first time in the reign of Muhammad Shah, and in 1850 the revenue
assessed on them was 2,500 Tumans or about £1,250. Towards the
a inarb en( ^ 1850 Sulaiman Khan's position had become precarious, as
explained by a * British traveller who gave the following account of
lyVolnmi him and his affairs : —
tie reign ^ Christian governor of a Mohammedan province was an extraordinary man,
'sknip * ls ' as 1- have said, difficult to understand how he sustained his position among
i Gom*' tlie ^goted community. He was a jolly, stout bid gentleman, and perhaps, if his red
ile period ^ no t helie him, addicted to veritable shfraz, or something stronger. He was
Imnistd ^ and courage ; but the sun of his greatness had well nigh set; the days of
1^- f were nilm hered. In an evil hour he was ordered to quell an insurrection at
a* in tlle adjoining district of Firuz Mirza, the Shah 's uncle, which the prince
Outm^ J ailed to do. Suleyman Khan was successful, and the prince, indignant that a
the ai g }awr > ^ outdone himself, intrigued to effect the discharge! of his successful
atcbes, ^ ® 0In P e titor from the office he filled with such ability. The! old gentleman complained
f the ^ eV ® re ail< ^ w ith justice, of this conduct, and was soon about to deliver up the reins
with W ^ ov ernment.
, and i ^
In 1851 the province came under the administration of His Royal Government
^ nness Khanlar Mirza, afterwards the Ihtisham-us-Saltaneh, regarding Mlr^^l851
to about
* Loftus, in his Travels and ResearcheSf pages 832-335. I860.

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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' [‎1675] (192/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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