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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2297] (814/1262)

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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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, i aniul a) crop is estimated at about 5,200 tons and the value of the
1 nt about £33,255. The fruit, on the whole, is not of very good
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^The import of dates into Bahrain, chiefly from Hasa, is considerably The date
l o-er than the export, which is principally to India ; viz., Karachi and trade in
5 ??hiawar . i n other words, the local crop is inadequate to the local a ram •
iisumption. In 1904 and 1905 the date harvest in the Bahrain
Islands was below the normal. During the seven years from 1899-
1900 to 1905-06 inclusive, the average annual value of the dates and
date iuice imported into Bahrain was about £35 185, and of that
pynorted only £19,000 ; the export is, to a large extent, a re-export of
Hasa dates. It was estimated that on the Slst of December 1904 there
were 10 000 cwts. of dates in hand in Bahrain, awaiting despatch to
Red Sea ports and to Egypt. Of the dates grown in Bahrain, those
of which the value does not exceed Rs. H per Qallah^ of 37 Jibs, are
ordinarily sold as Tamar that is in the dried condition, while those
of hioher value are sold only as Ratab or fresh fruit; but the
variety called Khanaizi is sold both dried and fresh, and is also boiled
for export. Boiled dates are generally known as Saluq •
Hasa Sanjaq.
trade in
Dates are the chief staple, both of agriculture and of trade, m the ^ ^ the
Hasa Saniaq ; the average annual production is estimated at no less than date ,
75 000 tons, viz., 51,GOO tons in the Hasa Oasis and 24,000 in the Hli8a .
Oasis of Qatif. The dates of the Hasa Oasis are considered by the
Arabs of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. to be the finest m the world, superior to those
both of 'Oman and of Turkish 'Iraq. Of the dates produced m the
Hasa Oasis about one-third belong to the most esteemed variety, here
the Khalas, and half to a class called Razaizi LSjij)- Hasa Oasis dates
ate never boiled for exportation ; those sent abroad mostly go to
Bahrain or, through Bahrain, to the Red Sea and Qatar. Qatif Oasis
dates are exported largely to 'Oman and Persia ana in a lesser degree
to Bahrain or, through Bahrain, to India ; those destined for India are
boiled. In 1904 the date crop m the Hasa and Qatif Oases was
magnificent, and in 1905 it was exceptionally good.
In Kuwait date palms are very few and are not fonndexceptatthe Date produ^
settled villages. At Jahrah, the prmcipal agricultural settleme^ d^te trade in
are about 2,000 trees only ; the fruit too, instead of being preser^d ^ Rnwait .
eaten in the fresh state. Dates are imported mto Kuwait from the
plantation of the Shatt-aVArab in ■'Iraq.

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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' [‎2297] (814/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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