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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2138] (655/1262)

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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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natives of
Questiou of
the inter
status of
Tunb and
Bu Musa
of the
status of
Sirri Island,
by three men of Tavuneh, a vilkge on the coast of the Persian district of
Shibkuh, whom they had engaged as a crew. The boat itself and the
whole seasons take of pearls were carried off by the murderers. Tlie
Shaikh of Abu Dhabi claimed, on behalf of the heirs of the victims, 6 3 000
Tumans as blood-money and general compensation ; and he pressed in
addition for the punishment of the offenders. Four persons were subse
quently arrested by the Persian authorities, but one of them was allowed
to escape ; the proceedings dragged ; and notwithstanding the best efforts
of the British Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. and strong feeling aroused at Abu
Dhabi by the procrastination of the Persian Government, the case was
still unsettled in 1905.
In the chapter on the history of Trucial ^Oman it is mentioned tbat
the islands of Tunb and Bu Musa, belonging to the Arab principality of
Sharjah, were in 19043 unceremoniously occupied by the Persian Govern
ment through their Customs Department; but that the Persian occupa
tion Was discontinued, before it had lasted three months, in consequence
of British diplomatic representations at Tehran. There was reason to
believe that the action taken by the Persian Government had been prompt
ed by the Russian Legation at Tehran, who, in view of a tour made by
Lord Curzon, Viceroy and Governor General of India ; in the Persian
Gulf at the end of 1903, were apprehensive of measures on the
part of His Britannic Majesty's Government for the consolidation
of their position in that quarter, possibly by the occupation of fixed
points. When the Persian Government consented to remove their flag
from Tunb and Bu Musa, it was promised that an opportunity would be
given them of discussing the status of those islands with the British
Government, but no serious arguments in proof of the ownership
by Persia were produced, and the discussion lapsed.
It will be remembered that in 1887, on the institution of direct
Persian Government at Lingeh, possession was taken by the Persian
authorities of the island of Sirri; and that, though a protest was entere
by His Britannic Majesty^s Minister at Tehran on behalf of the al |
of Sharjah, the Persian occupation was permitted to continue
In 1904,
when the dispute regarding Tunb and Bu Musa occurred, there wer
Persian employes on Sirri, a Persian flagstaff existed there, all< ^ ^
Persian flag was periodically hoisted. The history of Sirri before
had been very similar to that of Tunb and Bu Musa, and the fact
utilised to deter the Persian Government from urging their clainas to
other two islands, it being intimated to them than, if they persis
ted, the
claim of the Shaikh of Sharjah to Sirri might be revived and supp 01

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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' [‎2138] (655/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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