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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2004] (521/1262)

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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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of Nasir-ud-
J)in Shah, 1st
May 1896.
Character of
Din Shah
and principal
ineasiires of
his reign.
raaxinaum degree of stability had been attained; many experiments
had been tried, and the results either adopted or rejected; and a general
policy and body of administrative methods had been developed througli
circumstance and custom^ if not from other materials. The principal
Minister of State at this time, though not honoured with the title of
Sadr ^zam, was Mirza Mi jiskar Khan, known as the Armn-ud-
Dauleh; he was of Armenian extraction and young, but
natural ability and force of character. To British visitors he
liberal and Anglophil sentiments, and he was the chief member of the
Shah^s suite on His Majesty's third journey to Europe; but, as will
appear from his measures in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , to be described hereafter,
his policy presented some marks of chauvinism. Ordinary business
was disposed of to some extent by a Council of State formed after the
Shah^s first journey to Europe, which consisted in 1889 of about 30
members including the heads of departments ; but there was also an
inner Council of Five, constituted by the Shah in 1888 to advise him
on important matters.
Nasir-ud-Din Shah^s reign, perhaps the most meritorious in Persia
since that of Karim Khan, Zand, was terminated by his assassination on
the 1st May 1896, when preparations were already on foot for celebra
ting the completion of the fiftieth unar year of his rule. The scene of
the occurrence was the shrine of Shah Abdul Azim near Tehran, to
which he had gone to pay his devotions. His Majesty refused to let
the mosque be cleared of the public for his convenience, and, as he was
passing through the crowd, a man raised a pistol and shot him through
the heart. The assassin was Mirza Riza, a small tradesman of
Tehran, who was hanged on the 12th of August following. He was
not a Babi but a disciple of Kamal-ud-Dm, Afghan, a born subject of
the Shah but settled at Constantinople, from whom Mirza Kiza had
imbibed revolutionary and anarchical ideas. The Persian Government
demanded the extradition of Kamal-ud-Din, whom the murderer expressly
inculpated in a confession ; but, while the negotiations were still pe^ 1
ing, Kamal-ud-Din died.
Judged by his actions Nasir-ud-Din Shah, though he did
shrink from the exercise of great severity when he considered
to be required was a humane and progressive ruler. In his late*
vears official punishments throughout Persia became less fi^q 1101 ^
and less cruel; he was imperious, but " diligent and fairly j u ^
and he had come to be unanimously regarded as " the most com

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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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