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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1892] (409/1262)

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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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Nabi Khan's
Mission to
India, 1806-
personal safety and partly lest the public credit should be affected, this
order was rescinded, and it was arranged instead to hold Mr. Manesty
personally responsible for the expenditure that he had improperly
The negotiations interrupted by the untimely death of Haji Khalil
Khan in 1802 were not resumed until 1805, when* Agha Muhammad
Nabi a wealthy and respectable merchant and a close connection in
various ways of the deceased Envoy, was appointed by the Shah to be his
successor. The principal motive of the Persian monarch in taking this
step was to obtain protection against the Russians, of whose vengeance,
in consequence of the treacherous murder of General Zizianoff by the
Persian commandant of Baku he now stood in dread; but he may also
have been moved by the solicitations and bribes of the Agha himself who
for personal reasons was anxious to obtain the appointment, and who,
being a man of substance, was willing to take it on the same easy terms
to the Persian Government as Haji Khalil had previously accepted.
Muhammad Nabi, it appears, hoped to be able to cover the expenses of
his mission, and even to obtain a profit, through the liberalityt of the
British Government,—an inordinate idea of which had been implanted in
the Persian mind by the profuseness of Captain Malcolm,--and
through the privilege of free export and import or goods which, as an
Envoy, he was entitled by precedent to enjoy in India. It would seem
that he also intended to press a supplementary claim for blood money,
*Muhammad Nabi was the son by Agha Kuchik, once a leading merchant at
Bushehr, of a Persian lady, originally a Parseeby religion, who had been the mistress
of Mr. Douglas, formerly British Agent at Bandar 'Abbas. A daughter of Mr.
Douglas by the same lady was educated in England, made a good marriage there,
having succeeded to her father s property, partly supported for a time the widow and
family of Agha KQchik, whom he had left at his death in poor circumstances. A
sister of Muhammad Nabi was married to Haji Khalil, the first Persian Envoy to
India ; and after Haji Khalil Khan's dea^h, a Turkish widow of his at Basrah heccame
the wife of Agha Muhammad Nabi. Muhammad Nabi's start in life was made in
1787, when he became Persian instructor to Mr. H. Jones at Basrah on a salary of
Bs. 30 a month, Haji Khalil, by whom this was^arranged, at the same time appointing
lim his commeicial agent there ; and by 1795 Agha Muhammad Nabi had become one
of the chief merchants of the place. In 1799 he was described as attached to ( Va
probably, devoted to the interests of) the British Factory An East India Company trading post. at Basrah, and assisted
Mr. Manesty m turning back a mission which Tipu Sultan of Mysore had sent to the
t He once suggested that his horses at Bombay should be shod with gold and silver# 1
the expense of Government and that the shoes should be loosely attached so as to fc"
oft and be scrambed for hy the crowd (Brydges' Mission, page 38)

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1892] (409/1262), 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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