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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1768] (285/1262)

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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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B'Arcy Oil
canoes on the Karun should be paid at Muhammareh. This innovation
deranged all through traffic arrangements and was excessively incon
venient to up-country merchants who had not agents at Muhammareli.
A protest was accordingly lodged by the British Legation at Tehran
founded on the assurances given by the Persian Government in 1890
When the Shushan ^ was presented to His Majesty the Shah ; and the
custom house at Nasiri was provisionally re-opened in Novembei 1902,
and that at Shushtar in February ]903. The Persian Government
argued that the indulgence granted in 1890 was not intended to be
permanent, and that it had only been made because the goods of
European merchants then paid a higher duty on entry into the country
than those of Persian subjects, which had ceased to be the case. In the
end, however, they withdrew their objections and the custom houses
at Nasiri and Shushtar were definitevely re-established in April 1903.
On the £8th May 1901 an oil exploitation concession was obtained
by Mr. "W. K. D ; Arcy, a British capitalist, from the Persian Govern
ment ; it conferred on him a monopoly of working mineral oil, natural
gas, asphalt and ozokerit, and an exclusive right of laying pipe lines
for the conveyance of oil, throughout Persia with the exception of a few
of the northern provinces. A D^Arcy Oil Exploitation Company was
then formed, between whom and the Bakhtiyari Khans an agreement
was concluded on the 15th November 1905, providing for the facilita
tion and protection of operations by the Khans in return for an annual
payment of £2,000 rising to £3,000, besides which the Khans might
claim, on payment, 3 per cent, of the Company's ordinary shares after
the production of oil had begun.
Road projects in 'Arabistan, 1896-1905.
(or Bakhti
yari) Koad,
Such progress as was made in land communications during ths
period was due entirely to British enterprise.
In 1897 a sixty years' "^concession was grated by the Persian Govern
ment to some of the Khans of the Bakhhtyari tribe for the construc
tion, maintennce, and exploitation of a road through their country from
Ahwaz to Isfahan, and of another from Shushtar to Isfahan. It conveyed
^Por the text see Lieutenant A. T. Wilson's Precis of the Bel at ions, etc.,

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1768] (285/1262), 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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