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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1838] (355/1262)

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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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Ja'far Kban
dential motives merely^ as he was a man of conspicuous ability and ambi
tion—-'Ali iVFurad Khan decided that Akbar Khan must be removed ; and
Ja'far Khan, who had his father's death to avenge, readily undertook
and performed the bloody task.
'Ali Murad Khan, after affairs at Shiraz had been set in order,
transferred his capital to Isfahan, where he thenceforward resided; at
the same time he entrusted Shiraz to a nephew, named Saiyid Murad
Khan, and committed the charge of military operations which he thought
it necessary to undertake ag-ainst the Qajars to his own eldest son,
Shaikh Vais. The Qajar country was successfully invaded, and to some
extent occupied; but Shaikh Vais's early victories were followed by a
severe reverse, and by his hasty retirement on Tehran. There ; Ali
Murad Khan arrived to his assistance, and inflicted summary punishment
on some tribal leaders to whose defection, at a critical moment, he
attributed his son's defeat.
Notwithstanding the state of his health, which was precarious, the
Zand ruler at once organised afresh force, and was about to take th' field in
person against the Qajars, when news reached him that Ja'far Khan,
whom he had continued to trust and whom he had invested with a
government, was in rebellion and was marching on Isfahan. It was
the depth of winter, and his political and medical advisers would
both have dissuaded him. from exposing himself to the hardships of a
snowy march ; but the Khan was determined to reach Isfahan before
the rebel, and he died by the way, when about 30 miles from his destina
tion, a victim to the inflexibility of his own resolve. By the presence
of mind of his ministers, his death, which occurred on the 11th of
February 1785, was concealed from the army until the royal treasure
had reached Isfahan and been deposited there in safety.
J Ali Murad Khan was a man of firm character, and he was the last
of the Zands who showed himself able to contine the Qajars within their
ancestral bounds.
A few days after the decease of'Ali Murad Khan, Ja'far Khan
arrived at Isfahan. Baqir Khan, the governor of the city, who had
foolishly assumed royal state during the interregnum, fled at his
approach, but was pursued, captured and imprisoned; and Ja'far Khan
also found means to entrap Shaikh Vais, the son of 3 Ali Murad Kban,
and render him harmless by loss of sight. There was at first
confusion in the interior ; the highroads became unsafe and even
impassable; and Mr. Matcham, a servant of the East India Company
who had undertaken to travel home from India by way of Isfahan ^

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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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