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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1679] (196/1262)

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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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depsndeut bovvever on the department of the A-tnin-us-Sultan, Farmor-
^ General of the customs of Persia, was posted to Nasiri.
6o %iiii,
m Hfc Internal affairs of Northern 'Arabistan, excluding Ramnz, 1848-96.
was tf,
We may now briefly review the internal history of the districts of Rise of
drainisk J^rabistan more directly under the supervision of the Persian Governor decline of^
than those adjoining the Shatt-al-'Arab and Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. . Shushtar.
By 1879 Shushtar, long the principal town of Northern ''Arabistan,
had been superseded in importance by Dizful. The following reasons
•3. were assigned for the change by a well informed authority
■thoritiesit "The plague/'' of 1831-32, "which dealt lightly with Dispul, left
ion in I?; few living people in Shushter. The Lurs and Persians, whom its
In 18|! magnificent and warlike Khans had hitherto kept at a respectful distance,
telegraph fastened on the weakened, but still wealthy city, and plundered it
was bail unmercifully. The surrounding country became infested by Lur and
it did i Arab robbers, and the Persian trade, which had been prosecuted by the
, barrack Karun, Shushter and Ispahan, took other and safer routes. One of
Saltanebl ^ ese was Amarah on the Tigris, Dispul and Khoramabad, and
LatNasii; Dispul thus benefited by the ruin of Shushter. It is now a thriving
to reste all( ^ busy place, and a contrast to the rest of the province.""
ipostol r ^ ie assessment of Shushtar town and district in 1883-84 was 230^000
^ Aki Qr a ns -
, In the spring of 1888 the Bakhtiyari country was in a very disturbed Bakhtiyari
an, Dilam sta ^ a ^ e P ose( i H-Khani having raised an insurrection against the Persian troubles,
In 1894,1 Government; but the rebel was brought in and order restored by the 1888 " 1893 -
id betwee Nizam-us-Saltaneh, Governor of ''Arabistan, who marched with Persian
s and ill ^ roo P s f rom Isfahan and was assisted by Bakhtiyaris not belonging to the
late Il-Khani^s party. In 1892 there was fresh trouble with the
[d s ft ® a ^^7 ar ^ an( i tbe former Il-Khani and his successor were both
p • and sent to Tehran j but in the following year the Bakhtiyari
m [ country was removed from the jurisdiction of the Governor of 'Arabistan
61,68 Ih aild placed under t,he Sultan at Isfahan, who restored the two
^ uc exiled chiefs to power over the tribes and banished their principal rival.
PehraD, attitude of the Bakhtiyaris in 1888, together with the Govern- General
^ mentis expedition against them, unsettled some of the districts of
time ^Northern 'Arabistan; but tranquillity returned on the success of the
rza Kazit
[ Kafg^ 1 * Mv. P. J. C. Robertson, Assistant Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Basrah, in the Persian
lar officii Besidetioy Administration Report, 1878-1879.

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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' [‎1679] (196/1262), 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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