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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1755] (272/1262)

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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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Shaikhs greatest desire was to maintain his hereditary autonomy against
the Persian Central Government in the train of whose officials— this
consideration, however, being of less importance to the Shaikh than to
1 ^ the British Government—Russian influence was likely to follow.
Immediately on his accession to power in 1897, Shaikh Khaz^al Khan 1897.
re f err j n g to a conversation which had taken place between them two
aZ ® years earlier, informed Mr. McDonald His Britannic Majesty's Vice-Con-
H 1 , sul at Muhammareh, that he had promised to assist British trade, should
he ever be in a position to do so, and that he was now prepared to make
' ^ ® good his words; that, though it might not be prudent for him to give
public expression to his feelings^ he wished it to be known to the British
Government that he was secretly their friend; that it was his desire to
serve the British Government; and that, even if he were not " accepted
n fe. as their servant/' he would still render them service in the hope of one
t W day profiting thereby. Questioned subsequently as to what he meant, the
fen," i Shaikh explained that, if he were deposed by the Persian Government, he
1,80It might seek a temporary asylum at Bombay, and that, if Persia were to
y Hmsl break up, as seemed not improbable in view of the increasing
weakness of its Government, the support of the British Government
tokst would be of inestimable value to him.
Wh ; Shaikh Khaz ; al, after despatching Haji Rais to Tehran to obtain
irandi! official recognition for him, promised to instruct that agent to place
telf himself in close relations with the British Legation at Tehran with a
view to mutual advantage. He also withdrew a steamer which had
bomek been run on the Karun by his late brother in opposition to the British
ivourjiti firm of Messrs. Lynch.
takJ ^ ^ ovem ^ e1, Shaikh, alarmed by an aggressive spirit 1898-99.
which he detected in the dealings of the Persian Government with him,
and by indications that they aimed at taking the customs of ^Arabistan
out of his hands, expressed to His Britannic Majesty's Vice-Consul at
[amial Muhammareh a wish to be taken secretly under British protection. He
said that he did not mean, at that stage, to press for a written assurance;
all he wanted was a verbal intimation that the British Government
ng and' acce P te(1 him as ^eir servant and would support him by such means as
d, d' tlie Legation at Tehran thought desirable. He did not ask for
le prk an alliance against the Persian Government, whom he had faithfully
as exflf tll0U g l1 they might not appreciate the fact, and whom he would
^ to f COn ^ Ilue 80 serve. The Persian Government had never interfered
368 J ail Wltil the late Shaikh Miz'al, who always opposed British interests; and

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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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