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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1687] (204/1262)

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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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In 1880 ; after negotiations for a lease of the districts to Shaikh Jabir 1880-8'
of Muhammarehj of which the issue is not certainly known, and after an
unsuccessful trial of Ja^far-bin-Muhammad—a grandson of Shaikh
Paris--as Shaikh, Rahmah was again set over Eallahiyeh, while
Amir ^Abdullah apparently continued to hold the other Ka^ab districts.
In 1881 Shaikh Rahmah was confirmed in the Government, which he
retained until 188when being found incompetent, he was displaced
in favour of Ja^far-bin-Muhammad, the due payment of revenue by whom
to the Persian authorities was guaranteed for one year by the Shaikh of
Muharamareh; and the new Shaikh was installed by the help of Shaikh
Miz^al Khan, notwithstanding the existence of a strong party which still
favoured Shaikh Rahmah. The Persian assessment of the Pallahiyeh
district in 1883—84 was 150,000 Qrans.
In 1885 ? in which year the MuzalfaiMil-Mulk, Governor of ■'Arabistan, Im
personally visited Fallahiyeh, Shaikh Ja-'far was temporarily removed and
Shaikh Rahmah re-instated, the Shaikh of Muhammareh being requested
to support him; but this substitution was cancelled almost as soon as
In September 1888 the Nizam-us-Saltaneh, Governor of "'Arabistan, 1888.
visited Fallahiyeh with a force of 500 Persian infantry and some
Bakhtiyari horse; his coming was apparently connected with the recent
expulsion by the Ka'ab of Shaikh ^Abdullah, probably a brother so named
of Shaikh Rahmah, who had some months previously been appointed
instead of Shaikh Ja ; far; but the people were in no mood to discuss the
question with him, they flooded the country round Fallahiyeh making
the place impregnable by his force, and he was unable to advance nearer
than Gharaibeh on the Jarrahi River.
In 1893 the Ka^ab became dissatisfied with Shaikh ^Abdullah and 1893-
deposed him in favour of Shaikh Jafar; but the Shaikh of Muhammareh,
who preferred ^Abdullah, succeeded in persuading the Hisam-us-Saltaneh
to reappoint him. The opposition of the Ka^ab was so strong, however,
that in January 1894, while on a visit to Muhammareh, the Prince
Governor reversed his action and recognised Shaikh Ja^far. In the
course of the year there was a movement of the tribes in support of
Shaikh ^Abdullah, and their wishes were again met by his restoration to
power. Difficulties then at once arose in regard to arrears of revenue;
an attempted compromise failed; and by ]895 Shaikh Ja^far was once
more in power.
The Ka^ab Shaikhdom, as is evident, had now entirely fallen to pieces.
There was no longer any permanency in the Shaikh^s tenure of power;

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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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