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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1741] (258/1262)

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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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•am^p In 1897, after the arrival of the A J la-ud-Dauleh ; steps were taken to
ble {jj^ij, enforce order at Shushtar, where outrages had been committed against
in, the| persons under British protection. The first result of these was a general
theSa'j upheaval in the town, which, but for the appearance of a force of 3,000
i in ^ Bakhtiyaris on the scene, might have ended disastrously for the local
of 'Aui; Grovernment. As it was, the revolt was suppressed after three weeks'
leartoii; desultor 7 fighting, in which 25 rioters and 5 of the Governor-General's
of men were killed. But the measures adopted by the A'la-ud-Dauleh
ls ^ were not approved by the Persian Government, and he resigned and
dia at Li left the province without waiting to be relieved by his successor. His
)ed later; de P ut ^ tlie Shahab-us-Saltaneh, Bakhtiyari, withdrew simultaneously
His'iij taking his followers with him, and the country remained for a time a
prey to unbridled anarchy.
lous ihoki I 11 th® next year there was an outbreak at Dizful, the inhabitants of 1898
roussenfe one quarter attacking the Governor, who defeated them, but thought
passionoii ^ withdraw from the town in order to avoid further fighting.
The insecurity at Shushtar was still so great in 1898 that representative
al-Mami European firms could not reside there.
as an oil In 1901 ; which was a year of scarcity, trouble again became acute 1901
tunettl in the northern districts; and there was no improvement in 1902 when,
as related further on, a serious attack was made on the " Shushan " at
Shalaili, a barge belonging to the influential Mu'in-ut-Tujjar being also
looted at Wais.
In 1903 the Parahan Regiment of Persian Infantry, 800 strong, was 1903
unto » ^ fr0m tlie I10rtl110 aSsist in I' 1 ® 11 ' 11 ? t,ie disorders ; but it suffered
disaster b y tie way, being attacked by Lurs on tbe 3rd February 1903
iao;' ' )etweeu ^-burramabad and Dizful. Eighty of the soldiers were said to
"\> ave been kllled and rest disarmed; and a caravan which was
T Un ^ er protection of the troops was plundered to the
11 ^ amciunt, it was alleged, of 40,000 Tumans. On one occasion the Wali
r '"w, 0f Pusht " i " Klih stowed himself at Dizful, but his intervention produced
6 ^ ; no result 5 tbe Lur attack on the troops was avenged, however, to some
ig e extent, by a Bakhtiyari levy. The " Shushan " was again fired on.
j r® In 1904 the roads near Dizful and Shushtar were still very unsafe, 1904
to « an the general state of affairs grew progressively worse, while the
Perslai1 authorities remained paralysed or apathetic. In March
,*11 qt ' tliecaravan of two members of the French arch»ologieal Mission
j,,! the 'at Shush was looted between that place and Nasiri, and in April another
h ecai#attaokwas made on the "Shushan" at Shalaili. For two or three

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1741] (258/1262), 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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