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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1839] (356/1262)

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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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to investigate the causes of tKe decline of the Persian trade, was obliged
on arrival at Bushehr, in March 1785, to postpone if not to abandon
his intended journey.
The reign of Ja^far Khan differed from that of his predecessor
chiefly in this, that the Qajars had become aggressive, and that the Zand
ruler was now reduced to acting chiefly on the defensive, and had some
times difficulty in maintaining his authority even in the south. Soon after
the accession of Ja'far Khan, Agha Muhammad Khan marched against
Isfahan, and the new sovereign withdrew in such disorder from the
town that his baggage was partially plundered by a mob ; he found a
safe retreat however at Shiraz, where, under the influence of Haji
Ibrahim, a somewhat remarkable man whom Ja'far Khan afterwards
appointed to the Kalantarship of Fars, Saiyid Murad Khan had
remained faithful to his interests. Agha Muhammad Khan not long
afterwards came into collision with the Bakhtiyari tribe and, having
been discomfited by them in battle, retired to his own country, where
upon Ispahan was temporarily recovered for Ja^far Khan by a force
under Saiyid Murad Khan.
Before the end of 1785 a difference occurred between Ja^far Khan and 1785.
Haji 'Ali Quli Khan of Kazaran^ one of his supporters, which in the
end had a sinister effect upon the royal fortunes. It originated in the
refusal of Ja^far Khan to ratify terms granted by 'Ali Quli Khan to a
number of Khurasani soldiers who had surrendered to him while they were
in arms against his master ; and it led to an attack by royal troops upon
the Kazaran chief, followed in the first instance by his flight, later by bis
voluntary submission, and finally by his treacherous imprisonment at
Shiraz. Riza Quli Khan, the brother of ^Ali Quli Khan, fled to
Bushehr and thence to Basrah ; and Ja'far Khan appointed a kinsman
of his own to the government of Kazaran.
The difficulties of Ja^far Khan were added to, about this time, by the 17B^.
revolt of Ismail Khan, a cousin to whom he had entrusted the adminis
tration of a district; and in March 1786 the rebel even defeated him in
a serious encounter. In the following autumn Ja 5 far Khan thought it
necessary to proceed against Biishehr, of which place the hereditary
ruler, Shaikh Nasir, now more than 80 years of age, had been guilty
of an unfriendly act in harbouring the fugitive Riza Quli Khan and
had also neglected to pay the tribute due by himself to the central govern
ment ; but on the Khan's advancing to Kazaran, which he reached on
the 22nd September, the Shaikh tendered his submission and purchased

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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' [‎1839] (356/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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