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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2288] (805/1262)

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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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Table of the taxes levied annually by local autho-
Arabian side —contd.
province or
tSil* •
Other ports.
All ports.
Particular of taxation.
4 cash is paid annually for
each ISakhuda ,diver and
hauler, and ^2 for each
No fixed Bums are levied,
but the pearlers on return
from the banks are
required to remunerate
the Bedouins who have
guarded the village during
their absence. If the
amount subscribed is
insufficient, the more for
tunate boats are called
upon for an additional
Boats pay Rs. .10 to Ra. 80
a year, in theory according
to the size of the boat,
the number of the crew
and the circumstances of
the Nakhuda, but in
practice according to the
pleasure of the Shaikh of
Bahrain. The tax is
regarded as being entirely
Arerage total proceeds of Uiatloa
per annum, and distribution
of the same.
Some tribal communities
are exempt from taxation,
besides which there are
boats owned by the A1
Thani Shaikhs which pay
nothing. It is believed
that in all a sum of about
$3,400 is collected yearly,
the whole of which goes
to the Shaikh of Wakrah.
Summer defence is here
a smaller item than in
Trucial 'Oman.
Some tribal communities,
especially the SQdan of
the Bida' quarter, are ex
cused payment, and many
boats belong to the A1
Thani Shaikhs them
selves and are free. The
amount actually collected
is estimated at only
$8,400 per annum ; it is
all taken bv the Shaikh
of D5hah. "There is less
expenditure here on de
fensive arrangements than
in Trucial ^OmaUfl
The amounts are
and disbursed
local Shaikhs.
by the
The boats of seTeral tribes
and of numerous
duals are exempt ire
taxation, and the o
amount realised 18 o 11 J
about Rs. 12,000 p
»Dnum. The whele "t
this amount is taken J
the Shaikh of Fahram.

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2288] (805/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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