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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1772] (289/1262)

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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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ters of the
British Vice-
for 'Arabis-
tan, 1904.
ation ; exploring more particularly the little known country about the
head o£ Khor Musa and the valley of the Diz river. His Britannic
Majesty^s first Vice-Consul for ; Arabistan was Lieutenant D. L. E.
Lorimer of the Indian Political Department, who assumed charge of his
duties in January 1904.
Mr. McDouall became Consul at Muhammareh with effect from
the 23rd February 1904.
One of the first questions which it was necessary to decide in con
nection with the establishment of a British Vice-Consulate for ; Arabistan
was where to locate the new officer's permanent headquarters. Lieut
enant Lorimer, on being consulted, recommended Ahwaz (Nasiri) in
preference to any other place, remarking:
Ahwaz is of no importance as a native community, but the Sheikh* spends the
winter near it, and it is the last point which is in direct touch with the outer world.
It is Lynch's head-quarters in South-Western Persia. It is the starting point of tlie
Bakhtiari road, as well as of the route to Shushtar and Dizful. Whatever the align
ment adopted for the Khurramabad road, Ahwaz will be its real terminus. The earliest
reports of any occurrences affecting the safety of our traffic are naturally brought here
to Messrs. Lynch's Agent, who also acts forthe Persian Transport Company.
Ahwaz will necessarily remain the head-quarters of all British concerns, and it is
unlikely that any companies will post European Agents to any other places suoli as
Dizfal. In any case, the head management will always be situated at Ahwaz, which
is in fact the port of ^Arabistan, Luristan, and the Bakhtiari route.
officer for
Lieutenant Lorimer's opinion was accepted by the Grovernment
of India. He further proposed that native houses should be rented at
Shushtar, Dizful, Khurramabad, and Ramuz for occupation by the
Vice-Consul on tour. Some difficulty was experienced in obtaining a
suitable site for the British Vice-Consulate at Nasiri.
It was decided in 1904 that an officer of the Indian Medical Service
should be deputed to Persia as Consular Surgeon at Ahwaz and
Kirmanshah, and it was intended that lie should, inter alia i afford
medical assistance to the Bakhtiyari Khans, who had frequently ex
pressed a wish for the services of a European doctor. The combination
of duties thus arranged afterwards proved to be impracticable, "in conse
quence of the great distance and difficulty of communication between
the two pla.ces intended to be served ; and the officer sent, being posted
in the first instance to Kirmanshah, was not seen in 'Arabistan.
* Sc. of Muhammareh.

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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' [‎1772] (289/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 30 November 2023]

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