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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1718] (235/1262)

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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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for the
of the
would be constructed by the Persian Government to facilitate tranship
ment between the lower and the upper river 5 the exclusive right of navi
gation on the latter of these being at the same time reserved to the
Persian Government. The whole transaction was to be treated as secret
until a notification opening the river should have appeared in the Tehran
The promised notification^ it would seem^ was published without any
undue delay and embodied the Persian regulations for the navigation of
the Karun, which were conceived as follows :—
Karun Biver Regulations,
*The Persian Government in order to facilitate commerce, increase the wealth of the
country and render her lands profitable, has opened the river Karun, subject to the
following regulations, and has allowed the navigation from Muhammareh to Almz
by the merchantile marine of all nations. The vessels navigating the Karun will
carry out the regulations of the Government, which regulations shall hold good for ten
years without fail after which they will be modified according to the exigencies of
(1) The commercial steamers of merchants of friendly Governments must not
remain at the landing places or in the river longer than necessary for the purpose of
loading, unloading and provisioning themselves for the journey.
(2) Persons whose presence is detrimental to order and who would cause difficulties
by their presence should not be taken on board the vessels, whoever comes should be
provided with a passport from his own Government otherwise if any one arrives
without a passport it is impossible to understand what his business may be.
(3) TJuder no pretext whatsoever will any vessel have the right protect any Persian
subject in any way.
(4) The transport of arms is absolutely prohibited and if this rule is disregarded
the same will be seized,
(5) No explosive goods whatsoever shall be transported.
*rhis translation of the Karun Regulations is taken from Lieutenant A. T. Wilson's
Precis of the Relations> etc. t 1912, pages 90-91, where the author has subjoined to it
the following notes ;
t N ote 1. —Above translation was received on 27th October 1890 at Her Majesty's
Vice-Consulate, Muhammareh, from 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. , Bushire.
N ote 2.—As the " mercantile marine " is mentioned, protests have been made by the
h arguzar whenever, Eoyal Indian Marine Steamer "Lawrence" has entered the Karun,
as alsOiWhenit, or any man-of-war, has anchored in the Karun opposite or above Her
Majesty's Consulate. Nothing has ever followed from these protests, and the question
never seems to have been taken up by the Persian Foreign Office in Tehran. But as it is
not to our interest to admit the right of foreign warships to anchor in the Karun below
Muhammareh, no steps have been taken in recent years to assert such a right.
N ote 3.— (Paragraph 14.) This was modified in 1890 by the Amin-es-Sultan wio
ordered that 1 kran per ton of the vessel's registered tonnage should be paid for the
upward trip, if loaded; kran if empty. On the return trip 1 kranper ton on the
Vessel c actual cargo, if loaded, nothing if empty.
In the case of the steam launch 44 Asp " it was decided in 1893 that no dues whatever
should be levied from it, and the same custom has hitherto been followed in the case of
the steam launches " Bulbul and " Ishtar."

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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' [‎1718] (235/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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