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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2006] (523/1262)

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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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nicated to the Foreign Missions at Tehran, provided the latter with a
foundation on which to base protests in case of flagrant acts of oppres
sion coming to their notice. A measure of general utility, explained I i
elsewhere in its proper place, was the opening of the Karun Eiver below
Ahwaz to international navigation; this was effected by a royal edict,
dated 30th October 1888.
Relations of Persia with Afghanistan and Turkistan, 1848—1896.
Events lead
ing to tne
During the first part of Nasir-ud-Din Shah^s reign the external
relations of Persia were governed by the question of Herat, which had
given much trouble in his fathers time and was now to become the chief
cause of a rupture between Britain and Persia. Herat continued to be
regarded by British statesman as a corner-stone of the defence of India,
and ^ resistance to its incorporation in Persia was still a leading article
of British policy.
Kamran^ the Sadozai prince who ruled Herat at the time of the
Persian expedition against it in 1837-38, had been removed in 1842
by his able but unscrupulous Wazir Minister. , Yar Muhammad Khan, who
governed it in his stead until his own death in 1851. The successor of
Yar Muhammad Khan was his son Sa^id Muhammad Khan, a dissolute
and drunken imbecile^ who^ distrusting his own subjects and fearing to
be attacked by the Barakzai Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. of Qandahar, threw himself upon
the protection of Persia. From the middle of 1851 onwards there were
frequent rumours of the imminent despatch of a Persian force to Herat
and negotiations between Sa'id Muhammad Khan and the Persian
Government undoubtedly took place; but the queries of Colonel Sheil,
the British Minister at Tehran, were either parried or met by assurances
that Persia would take no action, unless in an emergency and to save
Herat from falling under the domination of Qandahar or Kabul. Early
in 1852, however, some movement on the part of the Qandahar Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division.
having been observed, a Persian force actually advanced to Herat and
occupied the town, while various Afghan chiefs in the district were
arrested and sent to Persia. At this stage of the case the diplomacy
of the Persian Government, no longer directed by the Amir Nizaifl;
became false and self-contradictory; and in the end it was intimated to
* Wrongly, according to Sir H. Rawlinson j see his England and Bussia
JEast, pages 85-86*
in thv

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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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