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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1862] (379/1262)

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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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usurping 1 Mirza duly madG his submission and was pGrniilted to rotain
the government. Fat-h 'Ali Shah's return to Tehran from this expe
dition appears to have taken place after the middle of 1798 ; and, in tkt
case, the first year of his reign must have been an arduous one.
Some time afterwards, probably in the summer of 1799, Fat-h Ali
Shah assembled an army, intending to make war on Zaman Shah, the
ruler of Kabul, who had demanded the cession of Khurasan; but in tlie
end, Zaman Shah having withdrawn his pretensions, the force was
employed instead to chastise the rulers of Sabzavar and Nishapur, who
had shown signs of insu bordination. The destruction of that incorri-
giblo rebel Sadiq Khan res ulted indirectly from the call to arms ; for, on
his neglecting to obey a summons to join the army, he was taxed with
treachery, arrested, and walled up in a room at Tehran, where he perished
by starvation.
Early in 1800 the Shah again visited Khurasan, but returned to his
capital before the end of the year.
After this, perhaps in the next year, Husain Quli Khan, the brother
of the Shah, wer' into rebellion once more and temporarily obtained
possession of Isfahan by means of a forged patent of appointment as
Governor, On the approach of a royal force, however, he fled; and,
finding himself cut off from the Turkish frontier, across which he had
intended to retire, he threw himself upon the mercy of the Shah at
He was again forgiven, and soon afterwards he died a natural death in
the vicinity of Tehran. No sooner had his b rother's revolt been quelled
than Fat-h 'Ali Shah was obliged to proceed to Khurasan, where com
plaints against the administration of Nadir Mirza were rife; but, before
matters had been fully settled there, he returned to Tehran. The date
of fchis journey appears to have been IS02. The Shah subsequently
reinforced some troops left before the Walls of Mashhad to receive charge
of Nadir Mirza, whose surrender had been guaranteed by Saiyid MA
the chief Mujtahid of the town ; and ere long, in consequence of excesses
to which Nadir Mirza proceeded, such as plundering the shrine of I^ 111
Biza and putting to death Saiyid Mehdi, the citizens admitted the
royalists within the walls. The Mirza attempted to escape, but he ^
pursued, captured, and taken to Tehran, where, by order of the Shah
and with the full approval of the public, he suffered the loss of
tongue, hands, and eyes.
The Shah inherited his first prime minister, Haji Ibrahim, from h lS
uncle, who had been originally placed in possession of Shiraz by that
able and probably unscrupulous individual. Fat-h 'Ali Shah, howeve r ;

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1862] (379/1262), 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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