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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1913] (430/1262)

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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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new subjects. To his credit it should be mentioned that by personal
intercession he saved the life, and even the sight, of his predecessor
Shaikh ; Abdur Rasul.
In 1809, after the middle of November, Muhammad Nabi Khan was
suddenly called to Shiraz and made chief adviser to 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).
in place of Nasr Ullah Khanj whose disgrace on a charge of embezzle
ment he himself had probably been instrumental in procuring ; and there
after Agha Muhammad Ja^far seems to have acted as permanent Deputy-
Governor of Bushehr. Under the rule of the Persian brothers the Dumukh
Arab tribe^ who had been the principal supporters of Shaikh Nasir's
familyj were almost extirpated ; and the Arabs of the Bushehr neigh
bourhood generally were reduced to desperation by Persian tyranny.
At length, apparently in 1811, Muhammad Nabi Khan was summoned
to Tehran, where his son Muhammad Rahim Khan held an appointment
at court. On arrival he was informed that the revenue of Fars was
70,000 Tumans in arrears. He was then violently bastinadoed along with
another official, who was regarded as his accomplice in withholding
payment, and had a narrow escape of being thrown from a high window
under the personal directions of the Shah. His end is uncertain, but
he does not appear ever to have regained the royal favour. He had the
misfortune to be an enemy of the Qaim-Maqam, Mirza Buzurg, who was
Arab in sympathy.
We learn that in 1815, on a Farman of indemnity from the Shah,
Shaikh Muhammad, a brother of Shaikh Nasir II, returned to Bushehr
from Kharag, where he had been living with his dependents in voluntary
exile. The records do not show the reason of Shaikh Muhammad^s
previous exodus from Bushehr, now when it occurred, nor how it was
regarded by Shaikh ''Abdur Rasul.
In the summer and autumn of 1821 Bushehr and other places were
visited by a severe epidemic of cholera; the road between Bushehr and
Burazjan was strewn with corpses; and the British war frigate
Liverpool^ lost 2 officers in 15 hours, beside the Surgeon and a great
part of the crew. At Shiraz the disease carried off Mr. Rich and Dr.
Jukes, as mentioned elsewhere.
Early in 1823 one Zaki Khan from Shiraz arrived at Bandar 'Abbas
jvith instructi ons relating to the lease of that port and its dependencies,
* After his beating he was again invested with a robe of honour (see Morier's
tcond Journey, page 95); but according to Brydges (see his Mission, page 46) he
eventually suffered " the complete ruin of his fortune, and the loss of his life in
a T ery cruel and terrible manner."
of the
Shaikh of
family with
Cholera on
the Persian
Coast, 1821.
Attempt to
oast the
Sultan of
Masqat from
'Abbas, 1823.

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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' [‎1913] (430/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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