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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1731] (248/1262)

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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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a southern port to Tehran would be one from Dizful by Khurramabad
and Burujird, which would be about 400 miles in length as against 590
miles, the length of the next shortest, from Baghdad to Tehran, and
760 miles, the length of one from Eushehr by Shiraz and Isfahan to
Tehran; and there was a general consensus of opinion that the line
from Shushtar to Isfahan would be found impracticable except as a
caravan road.
In the winter of 1888-89 ''Arabistan was visited by a Persian Survey
Commission, headed by the Najm-ul-Mulk. It was charged with the
duty of reporting on roads as well as on other engineering works impor
tant to the province.
In August 1890 a concession for the construction and exploitation
of a commercial road from Tehran to Ahwaz, with a branch from
Burujird to Isfahan, was granted by the Persian Government. It was
almost immediately transferred by the original Persian concessionnaire
to the Imperial Bank of Persia, not without the approval of the Persian
Government, and so became a British interest. The concession,*
which was for a period of 60 years, conferred the right of constructing
the road, of establishing a regular transport service for goods and
passengers thereon, and of levying tolls at bridges; together with certain
limited privileges of cultivation at particular points". Foreign capital
might be employed in the enterprise and foreign employes entertained,
but the number of the latter was not to exceed 30. The road was to be
completed within years,— a period which was subsequently extended
to the ^Tth May 1913 ; and the Persian mails were to be earned by the
Company at half rates.
In 1896 Messrs. Lynch succeeded in arranging for the insurance as
far as Isfahan, against all risks including robbery, of goods forwarded
through them to Nasiri and there by caravan track over the Bakhtiyari
Mils to central Persia.
route, 1896.
Railway projects connected with 'Arabistan, 1871-1896.
As a prolongation of the line of fluvial transport which it was hoped
establish on the Karun, the alternative to a road northwards from
Aiabistan was a railway ; and consequently, after 1871, railway projects
J^t h a bearing on the p rovince from time to time made their appearance.
See Lieutenant A. T. Wilson's JPrfcis oj the Relations, etc,, pages 113 —Ho,
119 4

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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' [‎1731] (248/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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