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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1836] (353/1262)

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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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hostile power of the Qajar tribe ; whom the escape of Agha Muhammad
Khan from Shiraz, on the occasion of the death of the Vaki], had at
length provided with a leader of first-rate capacity. Agha Muhammad
Khan was a eunuch^ and he had been detained for many years as a
hostage by Karim Khan; but in endurance, ability, and force of character
he was at least the equal of any surviving member of the Zand family;
and he signalised the recovery of his freedom by boldly laying claim
to the throne of Persia and adopting the insignia of royalty.
Zaki Khan, when the revolt at Isfahan had been quelled, despatched
'Ali Murad Khan with the flower of his army against Agha Muhammad
Khan; but his kinsman and early supporter, with whom Sadiq Khan
had meanwhile opened a correspondence, took advantage of being thus
placed in command of troops to throw off his allegiance, occupy Isfahan^
and declare himself an adherent of Abul Fat-h Khan, the deposed son
of Karim Khan. Zaki Khan, always prompt in action, and impelled
in the present case by extreme indignation, at once placed his own son
Akbar in charge of Shiraz and set out for Isfahan at the head of all his
available forces; but he was assassinated at Yazdikhast, on the way
thither, by some of his own followers. The date of this occurrence
appears to have been the 14th of June 1779. His violent character had
rendered Zaki Khan unpopular with many; but the immediate cause of
his death was a series of atrocities committed by him at Yazdikhast, in
connection with the recovery of a sum of money for which he held the
inhabitants to be responsible.
Beiga of The assassination of Zaki Khan was followed by the elevation
Khsl Md h t0 thethr0ne 0f h[s P risoiiei ' and nephew Abul Fat-h Khan, a youth of
Sadiq Khan weak and dissipated character, but reputed just, mild, and unambitious.
^September < ^ ne ac ^ s ^ le new ru ^ er was to imprison Akbar Khan, tte
1779. son of Zaki Khan, and Muhammad 'Ali Khan, his own brother, who
had married Zaki Khan's daughter. At the beginning of July 1779 Sadiq
Khan, who was a man of handsome appearance, who had at one time
held the position of Baiglarbaig or Viceroy of Pars under 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. , and
whom Karim Khan had on his death-bed appointed guardian of his sons,
appeared at Shiraz and succeeded in obtaining a share in the administra
tion ; but the dual system of government thus established was unsatisfao-
tory and lasted for about two months only. Abul Pat-h K ban, it was said,
constantly rejected the advice of Sadiq Khan • and a serious disagree
ment at length occurred between them on the subject of Akbar Khan.
whom Abul Pat-h Khan was desirous of blinding. At last at the begin
ning of September 1779, Sadiq Khan lost patience and deposed and con

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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' [‎1836] (353/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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