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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1735] (252/1262)

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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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Turkish Iraq examined the Ahwaz dam with reference to irrigation and
navigation projects on the Karun. His report seems to have been un
favourable 3 and it is certain that, from the time of his visit onwards,
Frencli political interest in 'Arabistan declined until it finally dis
appeared. The Persian Survey Commission under the Najm-ul-Mulk
and the British engineer Captain Wells inspected the Ahwaz dam, the
latter in connection with navigation only > in the same season as
M. Dieulafoy,
In the spring of 1883 His Eoyal Highness the Zill-us-Sultan held Concession
a concession for irrigation from the Ahwaz dam, one of its conditions us .s u itan,
being that only Persian capital should be employed. The Prince hoped 1883.
that he might be able to get this restriction removed 3 and Her Britannic
Majesty^s Minister in Persia did not fail to remind him, in case he
should succeed in this, of the preferential rights of Baron Renter ; but
there was no practical outcome of the proceedings. A Persian engineer
employed by the Zill-us-Sultan had previously advocated^ in July 1882,
the reconstruction of the Ahwaz dam, both as a means of irrigation
and to bar the access of foreign shipping to the upper Karun.
Antiquarian research in 'Arabistan, 1850—96.
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soon as it I
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Britisli to
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at Shush,
without 11
Antiquarian discoveries do not fall within the scope of this book j
but the; British and French excavations at Shush may be mentioned,
on account of the connection, though slight, which they had with
The first examination of the Shush site was made in the spring of ^ r iti s li
1850 by Messrs. Loftus and Churciiill under the orders of Colonel excavations
Williams, the British representative on the Perso-Turkish frontier
Delimitation Commission of 1849— 52, to which they were attached.
Though furnished by Marza Ja^far Khan, the Persian member of the
Commission, with letters to Sulaiman Khan, the Persian Governor of
^Arabistan, and to other authorities, Messrs. Loftus and Churchill could
get no workmen for digging operations; but they were able in a few
days to prepare a general plan of the mounds.
After a month, during which Mr. Loftus remained at Dizful
incapacitated by a riding accident, Colonel Williams and the rest of the
British party arrived; and the summer was spent by them in travelling
m the hills, and central plateau of Persia, where they visited Kirmanshah,

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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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