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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2139] (656/1262)

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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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the British Government. The Belgian Minister of Persian
Customs, M. Naus, on the status of Sirri being explained to him by Sir
A Hardinge, the British representative at Tehran, agreed to strike
out of a list of Persian Customs posts which was then being
• but he requested that no objection might be raised to the
retention of some Persian Customs guards who had been located on the
island to prevent smuggling to the mainland; and the question of Sirri
was not further pressed bv the British authorities.
British political relations with the Persian Coast and Islands,
Some political incidents affecting the British Government or their
subjects occurred on the Persian Coast and Islands during the reign of
Muzaffar -ud-Din Shah and are mentioned below.
In January 1897 a mob of several hundred men, a number of whom
carried firearms, proceeded from Bushehr to the British t elegraph
station at Rishehr, five miles destant, and destroyed some bench-marks
which had recently been placed near the main telegraph bailding in
connection with British observations of longitude, also a British marine
tide gauge close by. Their violent proceedings were accompanied by
threats of death to any who might venture to interfere, and no opposi
tion was offered by the telegraph staff. The riot was instigated by
certain Saiyids of Bushehr, in accordance with a popular superstition
that the obnoxious marks and gauge caused a deficiency of rain in
the country. The affair did not take place without some premonitary
symptoms, but these had been ignored by the Governor for the time
being of the Gulf Ports, and that official showed no disposition to
afford redress for the outrage after it had occurred. A certain number
of ignorant villagers were arrested and punished; but the Saiyid instiga
tors were not called to account, and it was only after the departure of
the Hisam-us-Saltaneh from Bushehr that the damaged scientific
apparatus could be replaced.
In March 1898, when the Tangistani Chief 'Ali Khan and a number of
his followers were in sanctuary at the Imamzadeh on the Bushehr
peninsula, the house of one Mahmud, a Persian subject employed as a
Jamadar by the Indo-European Telegraph Department, was attacked
and looted, and two of his relatives were killed, 'Ali Khan himself owned
Mob outrage
at Rishelir
station, 1897.
Outrage on a
protege at

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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:

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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' [‎2139] (656/1262), 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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