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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2017] (534/1262)

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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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Tangistan, the Shaikh of Chah Kutah, and the Khans of Burazjan^ Tul
Ganaveh, Rig, and Dilam. These proceedings, which were
by the taking of sealed agreements from the chiefs in ques-
tkm seem to have been repudiated by the Indian Government with the
concurrence of the commander of the British expedition, who recom
mended that " the entire transaction should be annulled, the objection
able documents destroyed, and the correspondence obliterated from our
It may be mentioned that the French sloop of war " Sybille 3 ' }
Captain Maisonneuve, a vessel heavily armed for her size, was sent to
the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. in advance of the British forces to protect French
interests, and show the Persians that the en tente cordiale between France
and Britain was still uninterrupted/ 5 and she remained in Persian
waters almost until the end of the campaign.
As soon as war was seen to be probable the Persian Government made
arrangements for strengthening their position in the districts most
exposed to attack. Large military reinforcements were despatched from
the north to Ears and 'Arabistan in each of which provinces an army
of defence was organised. The troops in ^Arabistan were placed under
H. R.H. Khanlar Mirza, the Prince-Governor A Prince of the Royal line who also acted as Governor of a large Iranian province during the Qājār period (1794-1925). , an uncle of the Shah,
who was considered to be one of the best officers in the Persian service;
those in Fars were commanded, during the active operations, by the
Shuja'-ul-Mulk, a nephew of the Sadr A'zam. The Sarkishikchi-Basli
or Commandant of the Shah's Bodyguard, a Qajar prince of high
standing 1 , was sent by the Sadr A > zam, as soon as he realised the pro
bability of disaster to the Persian arms, to relieve his relative of the com
mand in Ears; but the substitute did not arrive upon the spot until the
war was practically over in that quarter.
Under official instigation an attempt was made to excite, throu ghout
Persia, a Jihad or holy war against the British ; but it met with no
response. The Persian military leaders qualified the expedient as con
temptible ; several high Persian officials condemned it in emphatic
terms; the leading Persian merchants disapproved of it ; and for the
Persian people it had evidently no attraction. At Shiraz there were
e ven indications * of a popular movement in favour of the British.
It was early decided to entrust the military command of the British
Edition, as well as the control of local political relations, to Lieufcenant-
The Persian
of the British
tote.^ 16 ^ 0m ^ e ^ 0 hineau, as cited in Watson's History of Persia, page 434, foot-

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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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