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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1926] (443/1262)

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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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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. and the 'Utub under Wahhabi influence, and with them to
fall upon and destroy the fleet of Shaikh Nasir of Bushehr, then engaged
at Shaikh Shu'aib in coercing the Shaikh of Nakhilu; and he consi
dered that his own presence would be a check upon action by tlie
Sultan offensive to the Governments of Persia and Turkey, such as it
was desired by the British authorities in India to avoid in the joint
campaign against the pirates. Captain Seton seems also to have hoped
that by humouring his ally he might obtain from him a grant of Bandar
'Abbas, which, in total disregard or ignorance of its previous history, lie
represented as a secure and convenient place where a lucrative trade
might be carried on.
Saiyid Badar, arriving on the spot ahead of Captain Seton, found that
the siege of Minab by Mulla Husain of the Bani Ma'in, to raise which
was one object of his expedition, had already been abandoned. He then
commenced negotiations through the "'Utub, by whom he was accompanied,
for the surrender of Bandar 'Abbas, which was still in the possession of
Bani Main. The ; Utub, who did not wish to see peace established,
made no real effort to adjust matters between the parties, brought back an
insulting message from the Bani Ma'in to the Saiyid, excused themselves
fiom remaining longer on the plea that their vessels were overloaded, and
so sailed for home leaving their ally in the lurch. The strength of the
Atbi contingent was about 1,500 men, and Saiyid Badar's force was
reduced by its departure to less than 1,000 'Omanis, his own subjects,
whom he had brought with him.
Captain Seton joined him off Qishm town on the 5th June 1805, and
the same evening Saiyid Badar stood over to Bandar 'Abbas, landed
his troops, and invested the town. The British Resident, it should be
observed, was now impressed with an idea that the recovery by the Saiyid
of Bandar Abbas and Minab, from which the piratical tribes drew a
large part of their necessary supplies, would be a useful sfcep towards the
prevention of piracy; and he was clearly inclined to ignore the probable
effect of forcible action in that quarter upon the susceptibilities of the
Persian Government. On the morning of the 6th June, after Saiyid
Badar's men had driven the enemy into Bandar 'Abbas, had taken posses
sion of a house near the walls, and were about to erect a battery, an inter
view took place between the Saiyid and the Eesident. The manage
ment of the operations from the sea, which had hitherto been clumsily
conducted from inconvenient positions, was then undertaken by Captain
Seton and Lieutenant N. Gilmour of the " Mornington," who betook
themselves on board the Sultan's ship "Gunjava" along with a naval

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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' [‎1926] (443/1262), 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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