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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1835] (352/1262)

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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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General History of Persia, 1779—95,
The supreme power was usurped, on the death of Karim Khan, by Kei^of ^
his half-brother Zaki Khan, a military leader distinguished by energy ^Match!
a nd even ferocity of character. The new ruler's first step was to destroy a J » n6
number of influential Zands and others who had presumed to declare for
Abul Fat-h Khan, a son of Kaiim Khan, after which he pretended to
govern on behalf of Abul Fat-h Khan and a brother named Muhammad
'Ali Khan, the latter being his own son-in-law. He was supported in his
coup d'Hat by 'Ali Murad Khan, his sister's son, an able and ambitious
man of whom more will be heard hereafter; but other members of the
family were adverse to him, especially Sadiq Khan, who himself harboured
a claim to the succession.
Sadiq Khan, at the time of the Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. 's decease, was Governor of the
town of Basrah, then occupied by a Persian garrison; but, immediately
on the news of the momentous event reaching him, he evacuated the
place and set out for Shiraz by forced marches, taking with him the whole
of his troops. Having learned at Doraq on the way that Zaki Khan
was already established in power, he sent his son Ja far Khan forward
to negotiate on his behalf for a share in the administration ; but, doubt
less for want of confidence on either side, nothing was arranged. Sadiq
Khan would then have attacked Shiraz; but he was deterred by the
action of Zaki Khan in arresting three of his sons, who happened to be
in the town, in imprisoning Abul Fat-h Khan, who was suspected of
favouring his causej and in threatening to ill-treat the relatives at Shiraz
of some of the leaders of his army ; and he bad instead to retire, with a
small following and not unpursued, to the remote district of Kirman#
But rivalry on the part of his own relations was not the only diffi
culty with which Zaki Khan had to contend. The city of Ispahan,
during the confusion following the death of Karlm Kha^ had been
seized by two Afshar chiefs, brothers, with the support of their own
tribe and of the Bakhtiyaris and other Lurs; and some little time
elapsed before the place was recovered by the perfidious diplomacy of
Bastam Khan, whom Zaki Khan afterwards appointed Governor.
More dangerous, however, than any movement in the southern
provinces was the growth in the districts near the Caspian Sea of the

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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' [‎1835] (352/1262), 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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