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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1761] (278/1262)

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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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^ Baehdad, telegraphed to the Foreign OflSee in London and to Lord
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mareli, j
Curzon that the Muhammareh question again seemed likely to become
acute at the same time mentioning the complaints which the Shaikh
made at this time about breaches by the Persian Government of their
understanding with him. The Shaikh wanted to know definitely
'tain tk whether the British Government would support him in resisting
Mok encroachment, if necessary, by forbidding the Persian Government to
itaa^, employ force against him, should he on his part repudiate the under-
0WI1 in standing because the Persians had not observed it. Sir A. Hardinge
inlyb 1 ;, was in favour of some assurance being given, especially as Russia was
M gtin bidding for the Shaikh's good graces. Eventually, after receiving
faisaJt! the instructions of His Majesty's Government, Sir A. Hardinge wrote
to the Shaikh from Baghdad on the 24th December 1903 :
Lord Lansdowne says that if, as he presumes is the case from my account of your
troulileiE Excellency's statement to me, the Persian Government is really attempting to repu
diate the arrangement made with you last year, I am authorised to say that you
tfl ; are in his opinion justified in opposing such attempt. He instructs me to remind yow
of the message which he sent you last year, and to add that you may rest assured
of the support of the British Government so long as you on your side observed
the conditions of the arrangement made between the Persian Government and
witli regit He has authorised me to point out to that Government the necessity for respecting
ulterior si the conditions of the arrangement on their side, but I do not propose to do so until I
ii political! tear further from you, as I think it will be better in the interests of good relations
iver totj b 0 ^ 6611 the Persian authorities and yourself that our intervention should not be invoked
ch His I 0 ^ er 11168,118 adjusting matters between them and you have been exhausted.
In the next year Russian activity in 'Arabistan rather increased 1904.
ru( j]) al | than diminished. In January 1904 a party of three Russian travellers,
j_ er who gave themselves out to be entomologists and one of whom was a
well-known Russian emissary, M. Zaroudni, arrived at Nasiri from
^, Isfahan ; and in February they voyaged down the Bahmanshir, which
iththeJ ^ surve yed and sounded visiting Qubban and exploring 'Abbadan
ad I wo# I^nd, and eventually returning northwards by way of Dizful. In
langedfe March M. Passek, the Russian Consul-General at Bushehr, paid a
bveforvisit to Muhammareh and invested the Shaikh with the Order of St.
, and tkt Stanislaus of the first class. A document which accompanied this
wysM decoration recited, as reasons for its being granted, the Shaikhs enlightened
policy and his wisdom in consenting to the establishment of the Imperial
Persian Customs in his jurisdiction. M. Passek also made a tour to
entlj F Ahwaz and Shushtar. About the same time the Muhammareh A gency
[ndia; 1 of the Russian steamer line in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. was transferred from
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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' [‎1761] (278/1262), 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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