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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2066] (583/1262)

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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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The affairs of Sirri Island claim notice in connection with the history
of Lingeh, there having been, ever since the first settlement of the
Qasimi Arabs on the Persian Coast, a close relation between the two
places. In September 1887, on the occupation of Lingeh by the Persian^
the Commander of the Persian expedition, Sartip Haji Ahmad Khan,
sent a partj of 30 soldiers with two guns under Shaikh Hasan, Shaikh of
Qishm, to erect a Persian flagstaff and hoist the Persian flag on Sirri.
This was done, the presence of the flag on the island being reported
soon after by H. M. S. " Ranger,^ and drew a reprotest from the
Qasimi Shaikh of Shar jah, who claimed that Sirri belonged to the Qawa-
sim, a tribe settled chiefly in Trucial ; Oman, not to Persia. This was the
view entertained also by the British authorities, who had always under
stood that the superintendence over Sirri exercised by the Shaikh of Lingeh
resulted from his position as a Shaikh of the Qawasim One of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates; also used to refer to a confederation of seafaring Arabs led by the Qāsimī tribe from Ras al Khaima. , and not from his
tenure of the Persian port and district of Lingeh. A diplomatic discus
sion of the question ensued between the British Legation at Tehran and
the Persian Government; but it was discontinued by the British Minister
in August 1888, in order to facilitate a settlement of other matters then
pending with Persia, without any conclusion having been reached. In
the course of argument the Armn-us-Sultan, the Persian Minister
concerned, alleged that Sirri had paid revenue to the Persian Government
since 1878, in other words since the usurpation of Lingeh by Shaikh
Yusuf; but an assertion by him that documents proving the title of
Persia to Sirri existed at Bushehr was found, on reference to the best
source of information there, to be incorrect. The Persians did not, after
their annexation of Sirri in 1887, place a permanent official there; but
from that year taxes began to be collected annually on the island by
emmissaries of the Persian Deputy-Governor of Lingeh.
In 1873 the roads in the vicinity of Bandar ^Abbas were unsafe. ^
February 1874 the Baharlu, a nomadic Arab tribe of the interior,
advanced in a threatening manner to within 15 miles of the town, obh
ging the inhabitants to arm themselves. Agha Ahmad Shah, Governoi
of the place under the Governor-General of Fars, was at Minab an
refused to take any steps for the defence of Bandar ; Abbas; hut the
tribesmen, fortunately, withdrew without delivering the expected attac •
In July 1876 Ahmad Shah died, and the Mo ^tamad-nd-Daulah soon
afterwards granted the government to the Nasir-ul-Mulk of Shiraz, ^ ^
appointed a nephew of his own to represent him at Bandar ; AhbaS, l
subsequently visited the place in person. In 1877-78 Bandar Abbas
was still held by the Nasir-ul-Mulk; and it appears that the coas
districts as far as Jashk, together with the islands of Qishm, Hanja 111 '
Larak and Hormuz were included in his grant. In 1878 HaWar ul

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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' [‎2066] (583/1262), 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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