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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2049] (566/1262)

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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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General, administrative, and internal history of the Persian
Coast and Islands, 1848-1872, and their general history, 1872-
We have seen that Shaikh Nasir III^ the head of the old ruling
family of Busliehr, was reappointed to the government of that town and
^ its dependencies in 1845 after many vicissitudes of fortune. After
In T Tl1 ■ his reinstatement difficulties, due chiefly to hostile action by Baqir Khan,
the chief of Tangistan, came upon him thick and fast. On the main-
Id the Tangistanis attacked and captured Tul Siyah, raided the district
ten carri« 0 { Rud-hilleh, sweeping off the livestock and all the other property of
%;the inhabitants, and treacherously put to death the Shaikh of Ahmadi,
near whose village, afterwards destroyed by them, they sustained a
•revioiisly,^ severe check and lost some 50 of their best men. This state of matters,
s. 70,0(11 ijhy interfering with the trade of Bushehr and making the revenue of the
rc0Illiec j^Shaikh's outlying districts irrecoverable, caused him great financial
^foarrassnaent, especially as he was obliged to maintain a large garrison
i the l e (lefence tlie town > an d there were at Shiraz, in the neighbour
hood of His Eoyal Highness Bahram Mirza, Governor-General of Ears,
were ready to take advantage of the Shaikh's difficulties, if
had not even created them by inciting Baqir Khan to attack him.
Shil ^ z was Muhamm ad 'A]i Khan,
ffiiio-to Ei ^ 0Wn aS w ^ 0 f or various reasons may be con-
|)tured to have been closely connected with the Haji Qawwam,
ilantar of Shiraz, by far the most influential man of the day in
Southern Persia. The Qawwam, it may be observed, was a son of Haji
im, that minister by whose desertion of the Zand cause the estab-
of the Qajar dynasty in Persia was greatly facilitated.
There was consequently no reason for astonishment when, on the 2nd
Pctober 1849, an emissary of the Government of Fars charged with the
pnoval of Shaikh Nasir arrived at Bushehr. This was Muhammad
pshim Khan.
on the ^
a nephew of the Haji Qawwam ; and his first step was to
^ an interview at the British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. with Major Hennell, the
n t. He informed Major Hennell that he had been commissioned
frl invite Shaikh Nasir to proceed to Shiraz for a settlement of his
'IMy' * 1 W ^ 1 ' C ^ Were £ reatl y' m arrear, and to prepare the way for Mirza
Persia^ w hom the Nizam-ul-Mulk, his brother, having obtained a
jjj'n v, j. 0 -rv _ - ^ p O
us enr and some adjacent districts, had appointed to represent
of Shaikh
Nasir III as
Governor of
of Shaikh
Nasir in the
of Bfishehr,

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2049] (566/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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