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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2296] (813/1262)

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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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In 1901 crop and demand were both good, and a prosperous
was the result.
In 1904, in consequence o£ a two years' droughty the date crop
Was ^ in places the scantiest on record for fifteen years, and there was a
considerable falling off in the export.
In the seven seasons from 1899-1900 to 1905-1906 inclusive, the
average annual value of the dates exported from Masqat was nearly
£81,000, and the bulk of the export in each year went to India. The
separate figures for these years are given in the Annexure to this
Trucial 'Oman.
Date produo*
tion in Tru-
oia! 'Oman.
The date
trade in Tru
cial 'Oman.
Except in the Ras-al-Khaimah district and in the Baraimi Oasis, the
latter of which can scarcely be considered to belong to this division, the
production of dates is small ; the fruit also, along the greater part of
the coast, never fully ripens for want of water and is eaten fresh. At
Ras-al-Khaimah there are 42 varieties of date^ at Khatt in the same
neighbourhood 20, and at Umm-al-Qaiwain and Dibai 22 each ; among
the best sorts are those known as Lulu yJyJ , Khanaizi aI1 ^
Qash Rubai"' , while among the most plentiful are the Eul
'Adhuj jj j Qash Habash and Qash 'Afar •
In the Baraimi Oasis, where there are about 60,000 palms, the Mibsali,
Fard and Khalas are grown ; but they are not equal to their congeners
of Sharqiyah and Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Samail in the 'Oman Sultanate.
The few dates produced in Trucial 'Oman are far from satisfying the
large demand of the somewhat dense pearl-fishing population; and,
during the six years from 1899-1900 to 1904-05, dates and date juice
were imported to an annual average value of more than £20,000^ chiefly
from Persian ports and from Turkish 'Iraq.
Date produc
tion and the ■'■ n < ^ a ^ ar ^ ro ves hardly exist ; clumps of half wild pate are
date trade in ^ 0U11 ^ ; a f ew places in the promontory. Here, as in Trucial 'Oman,
Qatar. dates are imported for the consumption of the pearl-fishing population,
largely from Hasa.
Date^ produc
tion in
The dates grown in the Bahrain Islands are of nearly 60 .
most plentiful sorts being the Murzban and Khanaizi
kinds, the
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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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