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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2011] (528/1262)

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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 the Afghan Amir, if successful at Herat, would be an invasion of
Khurasan with Turkman support. Sultan Murad Mirza ; better known
as the Hesam -us-Saltaneh, was accordingly posted at Qalandarabad
between Mashhad and the Herat frontier with a force of 14,000 men,
including 6,000 regular infantry, ostensibly to hold Turkmans in check ;
}[:, Eastwick of the British Legation at Tehran, who had served
under Sir J. Outram in Sind and had held charge of Shikarpur during
the Afghan war, was deputed to the Persian camp, though for what
purpose is not very clear. Mr. Eastwick had a correspondence, but of
avery ordinary character, with Dost Muhammad Khan, whom he
proposed to visit but did not visit j and his non-interference to prevent
the fall of Herat caused acute disappointment to the Persians, who had
counted on his intervention. There was force in the Persian argument
that the case was one in which, under the Agreement of 1853, the British
it i Government ought to have lent their good offices ; but there was force
II also in the Afghan contention that the Persians had, by inducing Sultan
in Ahmad Khan to coin money and have the Khutbah read in the name of
it I: the Shah of Persia, forfeited their claim to the benefits of British inter-
Ofiti; vention.
On the death of Dost Muhammad Khan, Shir ^Ali Khan, whom he Government
rilt _ ; . .. of Herat by
liad nominated to be his successor, hurried to Kabul, leaving Herat ^in Muhammad
charge of his son Muhammad Ya^qub Khan. The Young Khan succeeded
, in maintaining himself in possession during the troubles which ensued
j throughout Afghanistan, and observed a correct but altogether independent
^ attitude towards the Persian Government. Herat thereafter remained a
province of Afghanistan and did not again give rise to differences between
^ Britain and Persia,
In 1863 a dispute arose between the Persian Government and the Perso -Af-
Afghans in regard to the frontier province of Sistan; and the good offices fi^gard^to
of the British Government were invoked by Persia, but were withheld, ^^872
Afghanistan being then in a state of confusion. Persia profited by the re-
611 fusalof Britain to intervene by occupying a part of Sistan between 1864
|l and 1866 ; and in 1867 she strengthened her hold on the territory thus
annexe ^' In 1870 Shir'Ali Khan, whose power in Agfanistan was by
ao ^ this time consolidated, began to move in the question; and an armed
I conflict between Afghanistan and Persia seeming not improbable, the
p British Government at last consented to arbitrate. The result was an
jgltk 3 a ^ ar d passed in 1872 by Colonel Goldsmid, the British Commissioner
\ which was accepted, though under protest, by both parties*

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2011] (528/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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