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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1864] (381/1262)

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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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Muhammad Vali IVJ^irza^ who at oiig timo^ as wg havg sggd .^ was m charge
of Khurasan.
Not ion^ aftor the close of the first Russian war, Muhammad Vali
Mirza, who had treacherously murdered Is-haq Khan of Turbat/ tk
most influential chief of Khurasan, possibly under instructions from the
Shah, was recalled from Mashhad, where his place was taken for a time
by his brother Hasan ; Ali Mirza, formerly of Shiraz.
In 1817 the head of the Isma'ili sect, a progenitor of the present
Agha Khan of Bombay, who resided at Yazd^ was killed in a riot
between shop-keepers of the town and some of his own servants
Fat-h ^Ali Shah, who feared the vengeance of the Isma/ili sect ; was
careful to conciliate them by punishing one of the principal offenders and
by adopting a son of the deceased, on whom he conferred much property
in addition to that which he inherited. The actual murderers of the
sacred chief did not escape retribution at the hands of Isma^ilis.
Persia was visited in 18^1-182^ by a severe epidemic of cholera; it*
carried off the Shah^s eldest son, Muhammad 'Ali Mirza, who was tben
engaged in a war with the Turks. The disease also caused the death
at Shiraz of Mr. Rich, British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Baghdad, and
that of Dr. Jukes, a Special Commissioner from the Government of India
to Persia. Another victim was Mirza Buzurg, a worthy man and
one of the principal officials of the Shah, who died on the 14th of August
182^. Mirza Buzurg was a nephew of Mirza Muhammad Husain
the minister of Sadiq Khan, Ja^far Khan and Lutf ^ Ali Khan, and he thus
belonged to a family that had lost its place at court through the fall of the
Zand dynasty and the enmity of Haji Ibrahim. After a time, however)
he had become adviser to ^ Abb as Mirza, the heir apparent, and received
the title of Qaim-Maqam ; and finally he rose to such favour that about
1811, on the death of his eldest son in the Crown Prince's service; a
daughter of the Shah was bestowed in marriage upon his youngest son
as a mark of sympathy.
i During the Russian war of 1826-1828 disorganisation spread feraj
wide through Persia. The Shah's son Muhammad Vali Mirza, who
been sent to govern Yazd, was expelled and insulted by the inbabite Bts
of the town; the people of Isfahan withheld tt.e revenue due
them; and the province of Kirman broke into open rebellion- On
conclusion of peace with the Russians Hasan 'AH Mirza, lately gotew 01
* According to another aoconnt, however, Muhammad 'Ali Mirza died bffor ® 'J*
commencement of the epidemic, and the course of the illness which carried him ^
less rapid than that of cholera.

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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' [‎1864] (381/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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