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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1742] (259/1262)

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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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months in the early summer of 1904^ between the departure of the
Salar-ud-Dauleh and the arrival of the Salar-i-Mukarram, temporary but
efficient arrangements were made by the Shaikh of Muhammareh^ at
the request of the Persian Government, for the preservation of order in
parts of Northern ^Arabistan, particularly on the upper Karun.
1905. It was only on the arrival of the Salar-i-Mukarram (then Mu^azzam)
in J 905 that the difficulties of the situation were at last firmly grappled
with. The Salar brought with him a force of 2,000 men, but he had
nevertheless to purchase a safe-conduct through the Lur country from
the chiefs of the Dirakwand. On reaching ^Arabistan his first task was
to set the affairs of the Hawizeh district in order, this being the object
of his mission before his appointment to the Governor-Generalship had
been resolved on ; but it was not long ere he turned his attention to
Shushtar and Dizful with rapid and surprising results. As remarked
by Lieutenant Lorimer^ Yice-Consul for ; Arabistan, it was "only
fortunate that, for the furtherance of his own designs^ he found it
convenient to exercise his redoubtable powers towards introducing peace
and security into the country." His success was largely due in the
opinion of Lieutenant Ranking, Lieutenant Lorimer J s successor, to the
good relations that he maintained with the Shaikh of Muhammareh and
the help that he received from him ; and the same officer described the
Salar as having quickly attained to " a power and authority which had
not been known in any ruler of the province since Sulaiman Khan. ;;
Most of his administrative achievements belong fcoa later period, but by
the end of 1905 he had the towns of Shushtar and Dizful under strict
control, as also the Arab tribes whose territory most nearly adjoined
Affairs of the Hawizeh district, 1896—1905.
The position of the Hawizeh district for some time remained in*
determinate, but by the end of the period, in consequence of the steadily
increasing power of the Shaikh of Muhammareh, it bad become more
or less definitely attached to Southern ; Arabistan.
1896 - At the end of 1896 internal troubles that had prevailed in Hawizeh
earlier in the year broke out afresh, but intervention by the Shaikh
of Muhammareh caused them for a second time to be suspended.
# Vide page 1675.

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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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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' [‎1742] (259/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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