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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2048] (565/1262)

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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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Khan, to the Shaikhs of Abu Dhabi, Dibai, and Umm-al -Qaiwain.
These were, to all appearance, connected with the Bahrain plan of 1887
and were equally resultless; and the Persian Government repudiated
their emissary's proceedings, a full account of which will be found in the
chapter on the history of Trucial 'Oman.
Outrages on
the Persian
coast against
boats from
the Arabian
side, and
After 1888 no political relations or correspondence between the
Persian Government and the independent Arab principalities of the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. can be traced ; but in 1892-93 a sort of petty war seems to
have been in progress between the inhabitants of Persian coast villages
and those of ports on the Arabian littoral opposite. In June 1892 a
Bahrain boat was looted by armed men at Tibin in Shibkuh, and cash
and goods to the amount of Rs. 880 were said to have been carried off.
In August following, a determined attack was made upon the village of
Kashkunar in the Gabandi valley by A1 Bu Fakhru (Huwalah) natives
of the place who had emigrated to Qatar some time previously, seven
Kashkunaris being killed and property valued at Rs. 70,000 Qrans
plundered. Kashkunar, it will be remembered, is closely connected with
Pibiu, as Qatar is with Bahrain. The Kashkunar people afterwards
retaliated by seizing three boats from Qatar, whereupon the Shaikh of
Qatar complained to the British Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , but was
told that, unless he restrained his subjects from committing offences, he
must expect them to suffer from reprisals. Also in 1892, however, a
boat from Jazeh on the Persian coast was attacked near Wakrah in
Qatar and several of the crew were killed. Boats belonging to Bahrain
were again plundered or seized by inhabitants of Basatin in April 1893,
and by Bustanu people in the following September, the villages of the
robbers being apparently the places so named in the Gabandi Valley.
It does not appear that redress was afforded or sought by the Persian
Government in any of the above cases, which they were content simply
to ignore.
A general spirit of lawlessness was perhaps abroad on the Persian
coast at this time, for at the end of 1892 or beginning of 1893 a Ras -al-
Khaimah boat was attacked at Khargu Island and a slave taken from ^
by the robbers, while another Ras-al-Khaimah vessel was dealt with in a
manner little, if at all, short of criminal by the Persian Deputy-
Governor of Bandar 'Abbas,

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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' [‎2048] (565/1262), 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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