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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2117] (634/1262)

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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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% lt: ^ cte( j UI1( jer it hadreached Qum and carriages were being- run by the
Bank though it was unmetalled^ as far as that place. By 1903 it
Ion' fn Sultanabad. Meanwhile a road from Ahwaz to Isfahan
had been made by the British firm of Messrs. Lynch, acting as the
ents of the Bakhtiyari Chiefs, who, as described in the chapter on the
history o£ 'Arabistan, had obtained a concession ; and at the beginning
N- 0 f 1900 it was brought into use. In 1904 a British corporation was
J formed, under the title of the Persian Transport Company, to take over
'tailw aa( i WO ik not only the Imperial Bank of Persia's road concession, but
ijfijJ a | so ty interests possessed by Messrs. Lynch in the navigation of
tie Kaiun river and in the Bakhtiyari road between Ahwaz to Isfahan.
The new Company was assigned a subsidy of £2,000 a year for
ten years, of which half was to be contributed by His Majesty's
Government and half by the Government of India. Measures were
next taken to extend the Tehran-Sultanabad road southwards through
Loristan to Ahwaz ; but, as related in the chapter on 'Arabistan affairs,
political obstacles of a local character declared themselves, and the
enterprise was perforce abandoned for the time being. In 1905 the
possibility and desirability of obtaining a concession for the construc
tion by British agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. of a road from Bandar 'Abbas to Bam, with
extensions towards Isfahan and Sistan, were discussed.
There was also rivalry between Britain and Russia in Persia with Qne^ons o£
regard to the construction and working of lines of telegraph on behalf
of the Persian Government.
The first move in this contest was made on the British side ; and
in the Appendix on the Telegraphs of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. an account will
be found of how, under a Convention signed in 1901, a Central Persian
land line of telegraph was constructed by the Indo-European Telegraph
Department from Kashan by Yazd and Kirman to a point on the frontier
of Baluchistan where it joined the British Indian system. This new
line was the property of the Persian Government; but it was arranged
that it should be held on lease by the Indo-European Telegraph Depart
ment until 1925, or during such shorter period as the British Govern-
ment might desire.
The Russian Government on their part, in connection with the
Enssian loan to Persia in 1900, obtained a promise that they would be
given permission to carry a telegraph from Mashhad to Sistan. ^bis
line was not taken in hand until 1903, but once begun it was quic^ y
completed. A pretence was made of its being a purely Persian enterprise,
but was ill-sustained. About April 1903 a secret agreement was
in Persia,

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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' [‎2117] (634/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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