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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1765] (282/1262)

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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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The " Shushan ^ left for Nasiri the next morning with the corpse of
the Arab leader, which was handed over to the Shaikh of Muhammarelr's
representative there for identification. It appeared that the offenders on
this occasion, as in 190^ were Khasraj, and that there was an under-^
standing between them and the Arab inhabitants of the Miyanab. The
latter fact made the navigation of the Gargar, with its narrow and com
manded channel, a dangerous undertaking for the future ; and, Captain
Maclure ; s contract with Messrs. Lynch having expired, and there being
some risk of retaliation against him, his employers made no objection to
his quitting their service.
Representations as to the insecurity of the upper Karun having been
made by His Britannic Majesty^s Minister at Tehran, the Persian Govern
ment requested the Shaikh of Muhammareh, as there was for the
moment no Persian Governor-General of ''Arabistan, to undertake tem
porarily the task of assuring order. He agreed and sent 400 Arab
horsemen to serve at Shushtar and Dizful; of these 60 were stationed
at Shalaili to supply mounted escorts on land for steamers on the upper
river. Under these arrangements security quickly returned; and in
June the a Shushan ^ resumed her voyages, which had been discon
tinued. On the arrival of the A^zam-us-Saltaneh as Governor-General,
the Shaikhs men were withdrawn from Shushtar and Dizful, but he
was prevailed on to leave a guard at Shalaili for some time longer. The
Shaikh estimated the cost of protecting the river between Ahwaz and
Shalaili at 1,000 Tumans or R^SGO a month; and, though averse
from employing men of his own permanently outsiie his jurisdiction,
lie was willing to undertake the duty if his expenses were guaran
teed; but, so far from this being done, he did not even receive payment
for the services he had rendered. The thanks of the Shah, conveyed to
bim in a letter from a Minister, were his only reward.
There appeared little prospect of the A^zam-us-Saltaneh, whose whole
military resources consisted of a bodyguard of 80 Shahsavan horsemen,
not to mention 50 armed road^-guards whose services were required else
where, being able to police the upper Karun effectively; and long dis
cussions followed among the British authorities in Persia as to the
nieasures which the Persian Government or the Shaikh of Muhammareh
should be induced to take. There was a general concensus of opinion
faiat the Shaikh, whose influence—though his actual jurisdiction ended
a short way above Band-i-Qir—extended to the Arab tribes east of the
Diz, would prove the most efficient agent in the matter ; but, as it was

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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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