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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1998] (515/1262)

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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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capacity of a servant. Through clerkships and secretaryships he rose
to the post of Persian representative on the Perso-Turkish Frontier
Commission at Erzeroum (1843—1847), which was offered him under
English advice. He proved -to be * " beyond all comparison the most
interesting ^ of the personalities which the Commission brought together;
he maintained the Persian case with great steadiness and ability; and
he was disliked by the Turks, t " with more than uncommon aversion,
from his dignified bearing and stately manners ^
Mirza Taqi Khan was afterwards placed on the staff of Nasir-ud-
Din Mirza^ when that Prince was appointed by his father to the
Governor-Generalship of Azarbaijan ; and it was not unnatural that iij r
Nasir-ud-Dm should have wished, on promotion to the throne, to retain
the services of his tried confidential adviser. But the Shah acted un
wisely in bestowing on him the hand of his own full sister in marriage,
-—a proceeding disapproved by many of the royal family; and his
favourite found a determined enemy in the Queen-Mother.
The problem which confronted Mirza Taqi Khan on assuming
the direction of affairs was in the first place financial, in the second mili'
tary. During the first few months of the new reign no revenue reached
the public Treasury, while the Government as yet possessed no financial
credit ; and in Khurasan the situation was critical and called for military
effort. With a fearlessness worthy of the highest praise the minister at
once addressed himself to the double task of reforming the finances and
creating an efficient army. His economies consisted largely in the aboli
tion or reduction of undeserved pensions which his predecessor had granted
liberally to princes and priests, — a measure which made him intensely
unpopular with a large and influential class; and his own incorruptible
integrity enabled him to go even further and suppress in a great degree
the peculation which flouiished on all sides, especially in the military
departments. The first serious sign of opposition to the Amir Nizanis
praiseworthy but dangerous reforms was a mutiny of the military ga rr i°
son of Tehran in March 1849, instigated by his enemies and directed
against him personally. He met the emergency by retiring quietly fro®
office until the incident had been arranged, after which he resumed his
post and the introduction of reforms. A leading principle of his policy
was the repression of all influences which encroached upon the preroga
tives of the civil government, and of such there was no lack in Persia m
his day, In the realisation of this principle he caused the Shaikh -ul -l 8 ^®
at Tabriz to be arrested, deprived the Imam Jumah at Tehran of ^
prescriptive right of affording sanctuary, and even sought toj?rohib|^
* The words are those of one of his English colleagues ; see the Hon'hie B. Cai^ 8
Armenia, page 55.
f The same, page 56.

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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' [‎1998] (515/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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