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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2132] (649/1262)

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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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and at the middle of the month the Khan of Angali arrived at Shif witli
an armed levy to join the gathering, The object of the preparations was
studiously concealed ; but there was little doubt that coercion of tlie
Khan of Eig, who was then resisting the establishment of a Customs post
at his port^ was contemplated. In the end the tumultuary force
was quietly disbanded without having been employed, operations having
been prohibited at the last moment by the central Government, to
whom the Salar-i-Mu^azzam had reported the matter. The history of
particular places and districts follows.
The winter rains of 1896-97 having failed there was in 1897 a great
scarcity of grain at Bushehr and in its neighbourhood, and heavy importa
tion of food stuffs from abroad took place, notably of rice from Burma.
That the conditions at Bushehr did not amount to actual famine and that
public relief did not seem to be immediately required were circumstances
quoted by the British Resident as proving an increase of prosperity among
the people since the great famine of 1870—72. The Resident obtained
the sanction of Government, however, for the utilisation, in case of
necessity, of a balance remaining in his charge of the famine relief fund
of 1872.
During the prevalence of scarcity there was considerable insecurity m
and about Bushehr; and in 1897 the Persian soldiers of the garrison, who
suffered from official neglect as well as from high prices, took sanctuary
at the flagstaff of 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. and demanded their pay, which
was five months in arrear, from the Persian authorities ; but the matter
having been satisfactorily settled, they returned to duty.
A timely fall of rain in March 1898, following a second failure of the
usual winter rains, averted distress which must otherwise have been wide
spread and severe.
In 1905, owing partly to the dissatisfaction of the people of I 1 ais
with the Shu'-us-Saltaneh^s government and partly, perhaps, to a
lawless and anarchical spirit which was abroad among them, the Bushehr
Shiraz road became disturbed and unsafe.
The feud in Tangistan between the rival Chiefs Haidar Khan and Ah
Khan, begun in 1879 or earlier, continued in the reign of Muzaffar-^
Din Shah. In the autumn of 1896 difficulty arose in connection
the removal from ''Ali Khan^s jurisdiction of certain villages on the
coast, which had been sanctioned ; and Persian troops, with guns f l0m
the Persian gunboat " Persepolis,^ were sent to help Haidar Khan 111
enforcing the measure and in collecting revenue. After a colhsi 011
between the opposing force?, an arrangement of some kind was effected,

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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' [‎2132] (649/1262), 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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