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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1974] (491/1262)

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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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Persia. Its scope was somewhat wider than its title implied^ for, besides
decreeing a suitable procedure in bankruptcy and the punishment of
fraudulent bankrupts, it made provision for the registration of deeds of
purchase and sale, bonds, and other documents; enjoined that a Malik-ut-
Tujjar, or official head of the Persian merchants community, should be
appointed at every considerable seat of trade; abolished, with certain
exceptions, places of asylum for debtors ; and recognised the right of
British official intervention, diplomatic or consular, in cases in which
^ British subjects were concerned.
in restraint 12th June 1848, as noted in the Appendix on the Slave Trade,
trade 6 a11 autograph note, which was addressed to his Prime
Minister, reluctantly forbade the importation of negro slaves into Persia
by sea. This order was obtained, with great difficulty and after much delay,
the prohibition which it conveyed being repugnant to the principles of
Islam, and therefore resented by the priestly classes in Persia.
British official matters in Persia generally, 1834-1848,
at Tehran;
Sir J.
Sir H. Ellis,
Br. (Sir J.)
At the accession of Muhammad Shah, in 1834, the British re r
tive at Tehran was Sir John Campbell, an officer under the orders of the
Government of India, who had succeeded Sir J. Macdonald Kinneiriu
1830 and had been knighted in 1832. Sir J. Campbell played a considerable
part, as has been shown, in securing the throne to Muhammad Shah;
but, finding his influence insufficient to carry a treaty of commerce
through, he recommended the despatch from England of a special
mission from the Crown.
One was accordingly sent under * Sir Henry Ellis who had
taken part in the negotiation of the Anglo-Persian treaty of 181^
and at an earlier period had belonged to the Hon'ble East India
Company's civil establishment and served under Sir J. Malcolm w
Persia, to congratulate the new monarch on his accession and conclude
a commercial treaty j but in the latter and more important of these two
tasks the Special Envoy, who arrived at Tehran in November 1835, was
as little successful as his permanent predecessor.
In August 1836, the transfer of the Tehran Legation from the
G overnmen t of India to the Home Government still holding good. Sir H.
* Sir H. Ellis's diploniatic career concluded with a special mission to the Brazils i 11
1848. He was botn in 1777 and died in 186§.

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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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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' [‎1974] (491/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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