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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1688] (205/1262)

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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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his selection depended on the Persian authorities and was sometimes
influenced by the Shaikh of Muhammareh; he had sunk^ in fact, into a
mere collector of taxes for the Persian Government and he had become
the puppet of his nominal subjects^ instead of governing as his ancestors
had done.
Relations of ; Arabistan with Turkey, 1848—1896.
relations of
Persia witli
Turkey on
the Muham-
Relations of
the Persian
Governors of
with the
Matters connected with the general relations of Persia and Turkey on
the Muhammareh-Basrah frontier are dealt with, for the most part ; in
the chapter on the history of Turkish ''Iraq: such, in particular, are
questions concerning the position of the common boundary and piracies
committed in the Shatt-al-^Arab. The attempted delimitation of the
'Arabistan section of the Perso-Turkish frontier in 1850—1852 is
described at length in the chapter mentioned, as are also the proceedings
at a later time in regard to Shalhah Island.
In October 1893 the Turkish authorities began to levy duties at Fao
m the Shatt-al-'Arab on goods consigned to or exported from Muham
mareh, and it was understood that the Wali of Basrah had been
instructed to treat Muhammareh and the Persian bank of the Shatt-al-
'Arab as Turkish territory. The Persian Government complained; and
some British Indian vessels having been interfered with under the new
arrangements, a strong protest was lodged by His Britannic Majesty's
Ambassador at Constantinople. The Porte then disowned the pretensions
attributed to them, and the irregular levy of duties at Fao was discon
The Persian Governors of 'Arabistan were brought but little into con
tact with the officers of the Porte, the districts under the personal
supervision of the former meeting Turkish 'Iraq only in the wild tribal
tracts upon the Hawizeh border.
donhtf.? 6 S r n r + 0f . 1878 a seri0us raid was made bani lamof
ctlf / f ^ Shushtar, whence they
insT f T 0f 1MleS alKl shee P 5 but a Bakhtiyari chief, at the
almost it w T G0Vern0r ' fel1 UPOn them in Persian tei,ritorv alld
almost, it was said, annihilated them. There was great difficulty
tte^Shflshtaris 00 ^'"^ . : ^ rom ^ le ^^tiyari himself the property lost
tar m ^ eiid the ^ ^rnment fined him 80,000

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1688] (205/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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