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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1752] (269/1262)

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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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Shushtar, and apparently Dizful, as well as Muhammareli, came tinder
the control of the Persian Ministry of Customs with effect from the 23rd
September 1902.
At the end of the year^ on a request being preferred by the British
representative at Tehran that the text of the arrangements understood to
have been concluded between the Persian Government and the Shaikh
might be communicated to him, the Atabaig-i-A^zam, who did not know
that the original documents had been seen by the British Legation^
denied that any written understanding existed and objected to the use
of the word " agreement ^ as describing the alleged arrangements. He
gave, however, a verbal assurance that the Shaikh would be retained
as titular head of the ^Arabistan Customs ; and he took no exception to
an intimation by the British Minister that, if further changes were
attempted at Muhammareh, His Britannic Majesty^s Government might
feel obliged to interfere.
1903. On the 14th February 1903 a new customs tariff, superseding the
uniform 5 per cent, ad valorem duties, was brought into force throughout
Persia; and in ^Arabistan^ although it caused no less discontent there
than in other parts of the Gulf, no disturbances occurred. In December
of the same year the Shaikh complained that the Persian Government
were preparing to violate the arrangements that they had made
with him in 190£ by introducing additional Belgian officials and
generally undermining his authority, and also to depart from assurances
which they had more lately given him that no duty would be levied on
articles lawfully imported by him for his personal use. On his bringing
his fears to the knowledge of the British Minister in Persia^ who was
then at Muhammareh, he was informed, on the authority of His
Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, that in the opinion of
the British Government he would be justified in resisting any attempt
by the Persian Government to break through the arrangements of 1902.
1904- In 1904 fresh difficulties arose between the Shaikh and the Persian
Government in Customs matters. In autumn of that year, though the
Shaikh had not failed to provide steam launches when needed under the
arrangements of 1902^ the Imperial Persian Customs steamer ^Muzaffari^
and gunboat " Persepolis " were stationed on the Shatt-al-'Arab and
began to search native vessels for illicit arms within the jurisdiction of
the Shaikh^ without any reference to his authority. Remonstrances
against these proceedings by His Britannic Majesty's Charge d'Affaires
at Tehran lesulted in their discontinuance, being assisted perhaps by a

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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' [‎1752] (269/1262), 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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