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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2106] (623/1262)

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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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probably preferable to Bushehr—the only other possible place—as tte
site for one; that the necessary buildings already existed at Basidu
and that possession of the place, once relinquished, might be difficult
to recover in consequence of opposition by the Persian Government.
Colonel Pelly also thought that the depot, if retained, could not be
left altogether unprotected. On these grounds it was decided not at
once to withdraw the existing guard, of which the ordinary strength
seems to have been only 1 non-commissioned officer and 6 sepoys Term used in English to refer to an Indian infantryman. Carries some derogatory connotations as sometimes used as a means of othering and emphasising race, colour, origins, or rank. of the
Bombay Marine The navy of the East India Company. Battalion.
On different occasions from 1863 to 1868 the surrender of fugitive
slaves who had taken refuge in the British station of Basidu was re*
quested by the Persian authorities, an accusation of their having com
mitted some offence being sometimes added to give colour to the demand.
The question of the action to be taken was more than once referred by
the Resident to the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. ; but, Basidu being re
garded by that Government as virtually British territory and no agree-
ment for extradition existing between the British and the Persian
Government, it does not appear that compliance with the wishes of the
Persian authorities was in any instance sanctioned.
In 1868, when as yet no powers of extra-territoral jurisdiction had
been conferred on the Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , a different question
arose through the commission by one Sa'id Sidi, who admitted his
guilt of a murder at Basidu. This case ultimately came before the
Government of India, who suggested that, as there was—for technical
reasons of jurisdiction—no prospects of a conviction being obtained m
any Indian court, and as it was undesirable that the prisoner should
merely be deported to the mainland and released as had been proposed;
arrangements should be made for the trial of Sa ; id Sidi^s and other
similar cases by the Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. or his subordinates^
theoretically under authority delegated by the native ruler of the
territory in which the case arose,—a system analogous to that followe
by the British authorities in Native States in India. Whether this solu
tion of the difficulty was actually adopted does not appear; and, f^ 0111
the discussions regarding the Residents powers which continued with
out result till many years later, it would seem that there were at le aS
grave difficulties in the way of its adoption i
The importance of Sa^id Sidi^s case was political, however, rather
than judicial, and lay in the following distinct pronouncement by
Government of India, which it occasioned. On the subject of the status

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2106] (623/1262), 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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