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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1762] (279/1262)

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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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Mr. ter Meulen, Russian Consular Agent in 'Arabistan, to a son of
Haji Eais, the Shaikh's principal adviser ; and the Shaikh himself had
become, or feigned to have become, doubtful of the value of the
assurances that he had received from the British Government. In
August the soi disant Prince Anatouni, an Armenian Russian subject and
Attache in the Russian Ministry of Commerce, travelled up the Karun
as far as Shushtar; his mission was ostensibly commercial, but he was
obviously ignorant of mercantile affairs.
The Russian Consular Agent appointed to 'Arbistan in 1902 was
Mr, P. ter Meulen, a Dutch merchant. He arrived at Nasiri in
December of that year and, except for an absence on leave from
January to June 1905, remained continuously in the province through*
out the period. He did not, however, show himself a particularly
efficient representative of Russian interests. Without energy or discre
tion, of doubtful honesty, and not very successful in private trade,
his relations with the Shaikh of Muhammareh, with Haji Rais, with
the Karguzar, and even with the Imperial Persian Customs were un-
firiendly, and at one time his disagreements with the first two reached
such a point that the Russian Consul-General at Bushehr had to
intervene as peacemaker.
Relations of other European powers with 'irabistan, 1896-1905.
Almost the only Europeans of significance, not British or Russian
whose presence was remarked in e Arabistan were some French
archaeologists engaged, from 1897 onwards, in excavations at Sbush
under the direction of M. de Morgan. The country in their neighbour
hood being much disturbed, they found it necessary to immure them
selves in a kind of castle near the scene of their labours; and they took
no active interest in political affairs. The activity of M. van Roggen,
a Dutch engineer, is noticed further on in connection with irrigation
projects in the province.
British political cases and interests in 'Arabistan, 1896-1905.
Political cases in 'Arabistan concerning the British Government

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1762] (279/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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