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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1977] (494/1262)

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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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Shaikh Nasir^s journey to Shiraz appeared at first to nave produced
unexpected and unfortunate results; for ; on the 1st November 1837,
there arrived at Bushehr an individual named Mirza Muhammad Eiza,
who 50 intention it clearly was to assume the government of the town.
He had been announced as the bearer of a robe of honour for Shaikh
; Abdullah ; the Acting Governor; but on arrival he gave out that he had
himself been appointed Governor, with instructions to examine into the
affairs of Shaikh Nasir and his treatment of those under his authority,
and with authority to requisition the services of the adjoining tribes in
case he met with any resistance. Shaikh "'Abdullah and his brother
Shaikh Husain at once prepared to encounter the intruder by calling the
Bani Hajar and the inhabitants of the Eud-Hilleh district to their
assistance ; but, having found that the Dumukh and the people of Tangistan
would support the Mirza, they sent their families to Kharag and them
selves, on the 1st November, embarked on their vessels —— two Batils,
aBaghlah, and a Baqarah, with crews amounting to 50 men only in
the Bushehr anchorage. Apparently with the idea of compelling the
release of their nephew Shaikh Nasir, whom they supposed to be a
prisoner at Shiraz, they pretended for a few days to levy dues on all
shipping, even foreign, entering the port; but their action in this respect
being unfavourably regarded by the British Resident and the supply of
water on board their vessels exhausted, they weighed anchor and betook
themselves to Kharag.
On the 7th November, however, to the evident surprise of all parties
concerned, intelligence was received of the reappointment of Shaikh Nasir
to the Government of Bushehr; on the 8th the Dumukh and Tangistani
chiefs left Bushehr for their homes; and Shaikh ''Abdullah was invited
to return from Kharag. The change in the attitude of the Shiraz Govern
ment remained without adequate explanation : it was variously conjectur
ed that the Bushehr fleet was needed for an expedition against Bahrain;
that it was wanted for the recovery of Muhammareh, which the Turks
had taken by surprise; that it was required for the defence of Bushehr
itself against an anticipated attack by the sons of the late Governor-General
of Pars, who belonged to the Persian royal family but were residing at
Baghdad under Turkish protection; or that it was to be utilised as a
nucleus for the formation of a Persian navy in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. .
Shaikh Nasir did not remain long in possession of Bushehr. On the Flight of
^th May 1838 he again fled to Kharag, as an absconder from the Nasir^II to
Persian Government, on which the British Resident at Bushehr noted : Kharag,
«Tin i • p May and
v *aether any attempt will be made to wrest the possession of the June 1838,

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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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