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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1941] (458/1262)

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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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to his successors by later rulers of Persia. About 1794 or 1795 the
people of Qislim, being dissatisfied with the tyrannical government of
Mulla Husain, chief of the Bani Ma'in, invited Saiyid Sultan to annex
their island with the others near it to his own dominions, whereupon
that ruler came with a military force and seized Qishm, Hormuz and
Bandar 'Abbas ; over the first of which at least he and his successors
had ever since exercised a general control. The Sultan of ^Oman, though
he had taken Bandar 'Abbas by force of arms, consented to farm it and
its dependencies from the Persian Government, as the Bani Ma'in had
done before him; but he paid nothing to Persia for Qishm, Hormuz or
Larak, all of which he claimed as his own absolute property. Persian
Farmans relating to the lease of Bandar bbas and its dependencies
to the Sultan of ^Oman were said to exist, but Dr. Jukes was unable to
obtain a view of them. At the time when he wrote, the annual rent
paid by the Sultan for the Bandar ''Abbas fief was 4,000 Tumans a year,
and the lease certainly included Shamil, Mmab, and Khamir. Saif-bin-
Nabhan, an Arab; was Governor of Bandar ^Abbas on behalf of Saiyid
Sa'id; and Saifs younger brother was in charge of Hormuz. The
Governor of Qishm under the Sultan was Shaikh ^Abdur Rahman,
Ma'ini, who was connected with Saiyid Sa^id himself by marriage. Upon
the whole Dr. Jukes seems to have considered that the Sultan of 'Oman
had a good right, founded on conquest, to the sovereignty of Qishm ; but
at the same time he was not prepared to deny that both it and the other
islands might be dependencies of Bandar 'Abbas. The claim of Persia
to a general suzerainty of'Oman he scouted as ridiculous, suggesting
that the Shah might as well lay claim to Delhi as to Masqat.
On arrival at Shiraz Dr. Jukes had several interviews with 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). ; and in a letter, dated 25th October, he wrote that
His Royal Highness had claimed Qishm as belonging to Ears, and the
Sultan of 'Oman as a vassal of the Shah. The Prince, however, had
added that, as the presence of a British detachment on Qishm appeared
from Dr. Jukes's explanations to have the peace and tranquillity of the
Gulf for its only motive, he had personally not the slightest objection to
its remaining there, and that he would inform the Shah and his minis-
fas ters of his sentiments in this respect.
On the 10th November 1821 Dr. Jukes died of cholera at Shiraz.
The Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. did not think it necessary to appoint a
successor to him, but asked Sir H. Willock to undertake what remained
red ^executed of his instructions and to solicit the permission of the Persian
Government, on account of the prevailing cholera, to remove the British

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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' [‎1941] (458/1262), 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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