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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2093] (610/1262)

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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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there was hope of an indulgence being obtained for Messrs.
m ' i an( l Company who had had a large quantity of grain in hand
bfre any embargo was proposed. In the end all difficulties were
Amoved by an opportune fall of rain.
In 1877 there was a rise in the price of grain in Persia, attributed
some to the Russo -Turkish war; and the Mujtahids, the self-consti-
tated guardians of the public interest in such matters, began to agitate
for the imposition of an embargo on export. Early in the year a prohi
bition was actually issued by the Government of Pars, but it was soon
rescinded, not without the unfortunate result of provoking a riot at
Bushehr. The moving spirits in this disturbance were two Saiyid
brothers, one of them named Agha Saiyid Sulaiman; and the principal
Wiyji sufferer'was Haji Muhammad Ja'far, apparently a British Indian
anl fc di subject, wheat belonging to whom was plundered or destroyed by the
itvesdJ moh, to the value of 1,800 Qrans, after it had been loaded on a boat,
ingot J Prompt and judicious steps were taken by the Acting Resident with the
«art Persian authorities, and the ringleaders were arrested, punished, and
obliged to make good the value of the grain lost. In March, there
being at the moment no interdict in force against the exportation of
grain, the Persian Governor of Bandar 'Abhas obliged a British subject
there, under threat of a heavy fine, to reland a consignment which he
bad shipped ; and a claim for compensation was lodged by the British
Minister at Tehran on behalf of the sufferer by this illegal act. The
Government then announced a new grain embargo, to come into force
from the 18th June; but the British Legation were able to obtain its
postponement until the 15th August in the interest of British exporters.
lu June 1878 the British Resident at Bushehr, at the request of some
British merchants, urged the removal of the embargo imposed in the
previous year, representing that the exportation of grain was really
unchecked, and that the only effect of the restriction was to enable the
alPe ®' local Persian officials to extort money from would-be exporters. The
at Bus^il British Cbarg6 d' Affaires at Tehran was successful in persuading the
0 oftlrf Persian Government to order the withdrawal of the embargo on an
andW ^derstanding that the amount of grain exported monthly should be
reported to the Persian Government and registered, that exportation
sbould take place at Bushehr, Bandar ^Abbas, and Big only, and that on
10 days' notice being given a fresh and absolute embargo might be
imposed. To these conditions the Governor of Bushehr added another of
J Ms own,—that not more than 8,000 bags of corn should be exported in
one month. Meanwhile the British Jndia Steam Navigation Company had
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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' [‎2093] (610/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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