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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2144] (661/1262)

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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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Abolition of
Rahdari and
other irregu
lar charges,
and ; whereas formerly it applied to grain only, it was extended in 1903 to
sheep and goats, and eventually to other articles such as lamb-skins.
Towards the end of 1905, with a view to preventing the imposition of
embargoes by local authorities for corrupt purposes, it was suggested to the
Persian Government by the British Minister at Tehran that no embargo
should in future be allowed to become operative until it had been
approved as necessary by the Minister of Customs.
Rahdari (or road dues), Dallali (or brokerage), Qapandari (or
weighment fees) and other irregular charges levied on foreign trade
in the interior survived for a time the conclusion of the Anglo-Persian
Trade Declaration of 1903, and even the promulgation of the Edglement
Douanier of 1904, which are described in the Appendix on the Imperial
Persian Customs. Daliki on the Bushehr-Shiraz road was a principal
scene of these exactions, which were kept in force mainly through
the influence of H. E. H. the Shu'-us-Saltaneh, Governor-General of
Ears. Representations by the British and Russian Ministers, however,
resulted in orders for the abolition of Rahdari with effect from the
5th October 1905.
British official matters on the Persian Coast and
status of
members of
tjie Busbehr
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.
It remains to consider questions connected with British establishments
on the Persian Coast and Islands, which, as indicated in a previous
section, underwent a great expansion during the period.
In 1904 it was suggested that consular rank should be bestow
on certain members of the superior staff of the British Eesidency
at Bushehr, and the suggestion was approved by Sir A. Harding,
His Britannic Majesty^s Minister at Tehran, who thought that diplo# 1 ^
status even might be given them in order to increase the prestige
of the 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 to emphasise the fact that the functions oi
the Resident and his staff were of a different nature from those o
their foreign colleagues and more extensive in their territorial rang^.
His Majesty's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs did not conside 1
that a sufficient case for the grant of diplomatic status was niad e
out; but he accepted the suggestion that consular rank should e
conferred, and the Government of India recommended that the r IU

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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' [‎2144] (661/1262), 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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