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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1756] (273/1262)

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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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it was incumbent on the Biitish Government to support himself; so long
as he assisted British trade, and not to allow his influence to be dimi
nished by the Persians. He also informed Colonel Meade, the Eesident
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , who visited him a little later, that he apprehended
an early downfall of the Persian monarchy, followed by a general
scramble and partition of the kingdom,—eventualities in which he was
anxious that his lot should be thrown in with the British Government.
His request was referred to His Britannic Majesty^s Minister at Tehran^
under whose instructions Colonel Meade caused the Shaikh to be
informed, in May 1899, that His Majesty's Government could not
promise to support him against his own Government, nor in case of the
dissolution of Persia guarantee his independence or, indeed, say what
would happen; but that, as the Shaikh was the most influential chief in
that part of Persia, the British Government wished to see him strong,
and the Arabs under his authority united ; and that he might therefore
rest assured that he would receive the support and advice of the British
Minister at Tehran at all times, so far as they could be given consistently
with honour towards the Persian Government, the British Government
trusting that the Shaikh would in return do all he could to promote
British commercial interests.
Meanwhile the Government of India, also, had held it to be im
possible to give the Shaikh an assurance such as he desired, seeing that
Muhammareh was a part of the Persian dominions.
In June 1899 a first indication of the interest that Russia took in
'Arabistan was afforded by a visit of Prince Dabija, the Russian Consul
General at Isfahan, to Muhammareh, at which it was believed that
efforts were made seriously to impress the Shaikh.
Sir M. Durand, the British Minister in Persia, visited Northern
Arabistan in the autumn of 1899; but his stay at Nasiri was short, and
no meeting took place between him and Sheikh Khaz'al. The Sheikh
was, however, presented through Colonel Meade with the Royal Victoria
Badge, a medal*" in the gift of the British representative in Persia^ and
accepted it after a reference to the Persian Government.
In 1900, the views of the Central Persian Government in regard
to the ''Arabistan Customs having at length been plainly declared, and
rumours having become prevalent that the Shaikh was about to be
deprived of his large executive powers and absolute tribal authority as
^ Really the Queen's Jubilee Medal of 1887, distribution of which in Persia Vas
initiated by Sir H. Drummond Wolff, and which for that reason is sometimes unfor
tunately described in Persia as " the Wolff Medal/'

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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