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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1868] (385/1262)

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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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Mahmudabad, where the Persians had behaved with great cruelty, has
tened to relinquish his conquest. Hasan 5 Ali Mirza, however, would not
be appeased, but proceeded to lay siege to Herat in regular form;
and Feroz-ud-Dm thought it prudent to make full submission, to pay a
fine of 50,000 Tumans, and to engage that at Herat thenceforth the
public prayers should be recited, and the coinage struck, in the name
of the Shah of Persia. The Persians afterwards made an expedition
into mountainous country against a Firuz Kuh tribe who were harbour
ing the late rui^r of Ghorian, but it ended in a serious disaster and in the
retirement of their forces to Mashhad. Meanwhile Feroz-ud-Dm had
appealed to his brother Mahmad at Kabul for assistance against the
invaders. The result was the despatch of a large Afghan force west
wards under Fateh Khan, now Mahmud's chief minister, who, with the
rest of the Barakzai family, was already secretly preparing to dispute the
sovereignty of Afghanistan with the ruling Sadozais. Fateh Khan
invited the Khan of Khiva to co-operate with him against the Persians
and was not disappointed of his aid ; but, when this ally had advanced
as far as Sarakhs, the unwieldy and disunited Afghan army was attacked
and scattered in Ghorian by a compact Persian force under Hasan ; Ali
Mirza. During these transactions the palace of Feroz-ud-Din at Herat
had been plundered and its Sadozai inmates insulted by Dost Muham
mad, afterwards ruler of Afghanistan, a younger brother of Fateh Khan;
and the Barakzai minister, on his return from his unsuccessful campaign
against the Persians, whether in expiation of this outrage committed by
his near relation or with a view to appeasing the Shah of Persia,
was first blinded by the hand of Kamran and then hacked to pieces under
the orders of Kamran's father, Mahmud.
A period of several years of turmoil succeeded, during which the
Barakzai Sardars, of whom Dost Muhammad was now the most promi^
nent, made themselves masters of the greater part of Afghanistan j but
Herat still remained in the possession of Mahmud and Kamranj the heads
of the Sadozai family, and had become their place of residence. During
this troublous time the assistance of the Shah of Persia, for recovering
Kabul, was more than once requested by Kamran,
Dost By 1826 the authority of Dost Muhammad had become establishes
» throughout most of Afghanistan except the Herat and Qandahar prov
inces, of which the latter, not being under his powerful protection;
was liable to encroachments by the Persiacs. In 1833 'Abbas
the Crown Prince of Persia, who had recently been appointed his father 8
representative in Khurasan, resolved on an effort for tffe annexation

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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' [‎1868] (385/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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