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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2192] (709/1262)

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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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Gaih district,
The Jashk district also continued to enjoy an exemption of
ing from payment of any ordinary revenue to the Persian Government.
At the beginning of the period Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Husain Khan seems to have
been chief of Gaih ; but in 1898, in circumstances which will be
explained further on^ he was superseded by Mir Mauladad of Qasrkand
and his own son Sa^id Khan^ whom the Persian authorities appointed joint
chiefs of Gaih. This arrangement was evidently found unworkable
and Sa^id Khan eventually became sole chief. In 1902 Sa^id Khan was
displaced in favour of Mohim Khan, the son of Mir Hoti, a former chief
of the district; but, having visited Kirman and spent some months
there, not voluntarily it would seem, he was allowed in 1903, to resume
the chiefship of Gaih on a greatly enhanced assessment. His first act
on his return to power was to plunder and destroy property belonging
to the adherents of Mohim Khan; and, as the revenue for which he bad
made himself responsible could not be recovered by usual means, he had
recourse to a practice of moving about the country with a large armed
retinue, to extort money. His followers committed unheard of oppres
sions, and inhabitants of the district even began to be sold by the chief
as slaves. By these means Sa^id Khan became the strongest and most
feared chief in Persian Makran ; but a general exodus of the population
rendered his financial responsibilities increasingly hard to meet. In 1905,
instead of visiting the southern part of his dominions himself, he sent
his nephew Islam Khan to collect the taxes on his behalf.
At midnight on the 22 'nd June 1899 Mauladad Khan, chief of
Qasrkand, was assassinated at Bampur, while sleeping in
Persian Governors house. The actual murderer was captured and
executed, but it was suspected that the crime had been instigated by
Husain Khan of Gaih. Jan Muhammad, a son of the deceased, at first
succeeded to the chiefship of Qasrkand; but about a year
later it was
taken from him and conferred on Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Sa^id Khan of Gaih, in whose
possession it thereafter remained.
In 1898, Mir 'Abdi Khan, the chief of Dashtyari, was imprisoned
by the Persian authorities at Kirman, charge of his district being
handed over to Mauladad Khan of Qasrkand. 'Abdi Khan was released,
however, after being detained for about a year, and returned to Dash
tyari in May 1899.
A claim to part of the district was maintained by ; Abdi Khan
brother Mahmud Khan, who was of stronger character, hasty in temp 61 ^
quick in action, commanding both respect and fear, and who enjoye
moreover the favour of Sa'id Khan, chief of Gaih, who was hie cousin-

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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' [‎2192] (709/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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