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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2002] (519/1262)

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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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Visit of the
Shah to
Journey of
the Shah to
' Iraq/ 1870
- -1871.
of Mirza
Khan, 1871
littoral, tumults of a like nature broke out at the capital, which necessi
tated His Majesty's instant return and the opening of the royal
granaries to the public. A serious famine which occurred in the South
in 1870-72 is noticed further on in the history of the Persian Coast
and Islands.
In 1867 the Shah visited Mashhad, where lie arrived on the 17tli of
June, partly as a religious duty and partly for reasons of States he was
accompanied by the Queen-Mother and all his ladies, and he did not
return to Tehran until the 23rd of September. During his halt at the
provincial capital of Khurasan he received a visit from Muhammad
Ya^qub Khan, son of the Amir of Afghanistan and Governor, in bis
father Sher ^Ali Khan^s name of Herat.
A journey which Nasir-'ud-Din Shah made in the winter of 1870-71
to Turkish f Iraq/ as a pilgrim to the Shi f ah Shrines there, and also
perhaps as an observer of the condition of his subjects in the Ottonian
Empire, is described, as regards its stages lying beyond the Persian
frontier, in the chapter on the history of that province. The Shah left
Tehran on the 25th September 1870 with the Queen-Mother and other
ladies of the royal establishment. He arrived at Kirmanshah on the
27th of October, the journey thither from the capital having heen
ff attended throughout with discomfort and privation of no ordinary
character to the whole camp, aggravated by the presence of the
cholera.■ , '' As he approached Kirmanshah from Hamadan he was dis
turbed by noisy complaints of misgovernment against the Prince -Govei''
nor of the province, into which, on his arrival, he promised to enquire;
personally ; and he remained at Kirmanshah till the 5th of November.
The Shah re-entered Persian territory from Khaaaqin on the 9th January
1871 and regained Kirmanshah on the 24th of the same month.
In 1871 the Shah, feeling the need of some one to share with him
the burdens of government, revived the office of Sadr A ; zam or P^me
Minister and appointed to it Mirza Husain Khan, an enlightened an
experienced official, who had represented Persia at Tiflis and at Bombay
and who had subsequently held for 12 years the high post of Persian
Ambassador at Constantinople. The new Prime Minister was the autho
of the Renter Concession, which will be noticed hereafter in its p r0 P e
place, and he encouraged the Shah in a design that he had long
tained of visiting the principal capitals of Europe,—two measures w ^
by their unpopularity eventually brought about the Prime Mi^ 61
own downfall.

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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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