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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1914] (431/1262)

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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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between the
Sultan of
'Oman and
'Abdur Rasul
of Bushehr,
held by the Sultan of Masqat: an idea even prevailed that he had been sent
to find a means of terminating the grant. Saiyid Sa'id, on receiving news
of the presence of this official at Bandar 'Abbas^ proceeded with two
ships to meet him there; and the upshot of their discussions was that the
Snltan promised to pay 1,000 Tumans extra per annum for the two next
years and made Zaki Khan a personal present of 500 Tumans. Before
Saiyid Sa^id set sail for Masqat on his return journey, he was visited on
board his ship by a certain Mirza Baqir, who brought with him Husain
^Ali Khan, Hakim of Bandar 'Abbas, and ^Ali Khan, Hakim of Minab,
both of whom had lately expressed a preference for Persian rule, but wk)
were now desirous of being reconciled to His Highness. In the event these
two persons and their conductor, for a wbile at least, mysteriously disap
peared j and it was stated that the boat carrying them had foundered in
returning to the shore; but it was generally believed at the time that
they had been carried off and consigned to a living death in the dungeons
of Masqat*
Bad feeling had for some time been growing up between the Sultan
of ''Oman and Shaikh ^Abdur Rasul^ who seems to have resumed his
position as hereditary Governor of Bushehr on the fall of Mumammad
Nabi Khan; and in 1826, on the departure of the Shaikh upon a pilgri
mage to Makkah, the Sultan commenced hostilities against hinL The
cause of quarrel was some disservice which Shaikh'Abdur Rasul had
done Saiyid Sa^id at Shiraz^ and efforts which he was suspected of
making to supplant the Sultan in a proposed match with a daughter of
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 Shiraz. The Arabs of the Persian Coast from
Qishm to Kangian were believed to be on the side of the Sultan, while
the friendship of the Qawasim One of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates; also used to refer to a confederation of seafaring Arabs led by the Qāsimī tribe from Ras al Khaima. had been studiously cultivated for many
years past by the Shaikh of Bushehr, and there was therefore a risk of
the whole Gulf being plunged into war by a collision between the two.
The first incident of the war was the capture by the ''Omanis, on her
return from Bengal, of the Shaikh's ship a Nasrat Shah/' which was
carried to Masqat, cleared of all articles belonging to the Shaikh person
ally, and refitted as a man-of-war. On the 27th of July 1826 two ships
and a brig from Masqat, accompanied by the Nasrat Shah/' entered
Bushehr roadstead; and the commander of the squadron, Muhammad-
bin-Sulaiman, informed the British Resident that he had orders to hand
Over, on payment of the Bushehr customs to him, the goods on board the
a Nasrat Shah " consigned to merchants of the place, and to seize
vessels belonging to Shaikh 'Abdur Rasul, but not otherwise to threaten
the town or molest its trade. At the request of the British Resident,

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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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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' [‎1914] (431/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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