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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1986] (503/1262)

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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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Outrage on
the Sarraf of
the Briiish
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at
17th Novem-
followed later with a reinforcement and additional stores. Captain
Hennell, feeling sure that to refer to the Persian authorities at Bushelir
would be to court delay^ if not to invite a refusal, carried out the dis-
mebarkation without consulting them. Subsequently he gave to Mirza
^Abbas 'Ali, the Persian Governor of Bushehr, the prescribed explana
tion in regard to special service ; adding that Kharag had been selected
in preference to Basidu and other places on account of the superiority of
%ts climate ; and he answered, in similarly conciliatory terms, a Eaqam
which presently reached him from the Governor-General of Shim de
manding an explanation of the British proceedings at Kharag. No
objection was at first made by the local Persian authorities to the
despatch of supplies from Bushehr for the British force on Kharag ] and
the occupation of the island seemed to be welcomed by Shaikh Nasir,
the ex-Governor of Bushehr, who was at the time residing on it as a
refugee from the Persian Government.
Bungalows were built for the officers of the Kharag garrison, and
the native troops there were comfortably hutted.
The relations of Persia with Britain were at this time of a decidedly
hostile character; and the occupation of Kharag, though it had a
sedative effect upon the Shah and the central Government, seems locally
to have caused irritation, and even provoked insults.
Prominent among the ill-wishers of the British Government at
Bushehr was Shaikh Husain, the Qazi of the town, between whom
and the Persian Governor, Mirza -Abbas ^Ali, there was a dispute in
regard to certain taxes, the Qazi alleging that the inhabitants had paid
them to Shaikh Nasir, the quondam Governor, before his flight, while the
Mirza declined to accept this excuse. On the 17th November 1838, the
bazaars having been closed as a protest against the Governor^ demands,
Mirza ^Abbas ^Ali sent Famishes to oblige the shopkeepers to open their
shops, whereupon Shaikh Husain incited them to resist and called the
town to arms. The Qazi, pretending that one of the Governor 's
Farrashes was intoxicated, next ordered a raid to be made upon the
premises of the Jews, who were known to deal in liquor; and a rabble,
headed by the Qaz^s slaves proceeded, nothing loath, to the Jewish
quarter, where they forcibly entered a number of houses. In one of
these, which belonged to the Sarraf or money-changer of the British
Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , they destroyed wines and spirits, ready packed for exportation,
to the value of 40 or 50 Tumans, and so beat and otherwise ill -treated
the owner that he fled to the Eesidency in fear of his life. On the

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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' [‎1986] (503/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 July 2024]

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