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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1912] (429/1262)

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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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of Bushehr
by Muham
mad Nalii
Khan, 1808'
physical weakness of the new Shaikh did not prevent his taking an active
part in politics for the next twenty-five years.
Meanwhile Muhammad Nabi Khan^ who had been the Shah's Envoy
to India in 1805-07, had been intriguing to obtain the Bushehr govern
ment for himself; and it was at length conferred on him in consider
ation of a payment of 40,000 Tumans. The pretext for the removal of
Shaikh ; Abdur Rasul was his inability to discharge a debt of 28,000
Tumans, including interest, which he had incurred for the purpose of
meeting a demand formerly made on him by the Prince-Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925). of Fars:
the person, even, from whom he was to borrow the money required had
been indicated to him by the same authority. On the 26th October 1808
the Shaikh was treacherously arrested, or rather kidnapped, by Muhammad
Khan an emissary sent from Shiraz, while both of them were on their way
to visit Sir Harford Jones, the British Envoy, during his stay at Bushek
These proceedings were covered by a Farman from the Prince-Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925).
of Fars, in which the emissary was strictly enjoined not to molest the
British at Bushehr nor any of the native inhabitants of the place; and a
re-assuring Farman was also addressed to Sir H. Jones personally,
which Muhammad Khan, was directed to read aloud in his presence,
Indeed the Persians went so far as to attribute the trouble in which Shaikh
'Abdur Rasul now found himself to some act of disrespect committed
by him towards the recent Mission, headed by General Malcolm, from
the Government of India. Great alarm and confusion, however,
prevailed in the town and surrounding country; and numbers of villagers,
with all their property, took asylum at the British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . Pending
the arrival of Muhammad Nabi Khan the town was governed at first
by Muhammad Khan, the Shiraz emissary, and then by Muhammad
Ja'far a brother of Muhammad Nabi Khan; but so arbitrary was the
mood of the Shiraz authorities, as represented by their emissary, that
even Muhammad Ja'far himself was thrown into jail for a few days f or
no other reason than that he had failed to prevent the escape by sea of
the Wazir Minister. of the late Shaikh*
Muhammad Nabi Khan, alarmed by the antipathy of the l oca
population to the change, which was looked upon as the end of Arab and
the beginning of Persian rule, would now willingly have resigned the
Bushehr government, and was said to have offered 2,000 Tumans in
for permission to do so. His public entry into Bushehr took place on ^
19th December 1808, and his rule seems to have been inaugnra^
without opposition, and even with a good deal of flattery, on the pa^

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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' [‎1912] (429/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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