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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2303] (820/1262)

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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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u except in the case of Sairs; Halawis and Khadhrawis,
f 8 ! excellent in quality, were short in quantity. Large forward sales
I dbeen made by native merchants in London and Continental markets
? 1 v prices; but the despatch of a larger quantity of dates than had
I n foreseen to America caused rates to rise locally, and the level which
, reac lied was maintained by the shortness of the crop : the result was
6 6
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Tunis and Oran, where new markets for these varieties appeared to be
profitable business and heavy loss to shippers, A new feature of the
year was a considerable shipment of Halawis and Khadhrawis to Egypt,
The dates exported to India were, as usual, mostly Sairs; the
largest' quantities went in October and November, after which, the
Bombay market being overstocked, the trade declined. Large quantities
of pressed dates in baskets were kept back for a more favourable market.
In this season prices at Basrah opened as follows :—
Halawis, at 260 Shamis (or £16-13-2) per 40 Manns of 143
lbs. each, or about £7-0-0 per ton;
Khadhrawis, at 230 Shamis per 40 Manns ; and
Sairs, at 160 Shamis per 40 Manns.
At the end of October, however, the price of Sairs rose to 175 Shamis.
The Baghdad crop in this year was very large, and Zahdi dates sold
at 85. per 220 lbs. and Kursi dates at £7-11-6 to £8-8-4 per Taghar.
The statistics of exportation from Basrah between 1899-1900 and
1905-06 are given in the Annexure to this Appendix.
A meeting of growers and exporters generally takes place early in
September of each year to settle the prices of dates for the season ; it^ is
sometimes held at Abul Khasib, which is a centre of great activity
during the date harvest.
In the Persian province of ^Arabistan dates for export are grown Date prodnc-
on a considerable scale in the district of Muhammareh, and to a lesser fcion and the
extent in the district of Pallahiyeh ; in the other districts the quantity ^tetrsw^m
of exportable dates is negligible. In a poor year (1897) the yield of
the whole Muhammareh district, including the banks of the Bahmanshir,
was estimated at 5,310 tons. The best kind of date in ''Arabistan is
the Qantar } which is rich in syrup but is not exported, the
Khadhrawi j here the best kind packed for export to Europe ;
the Halawi , not locally esteemed, but reckoned to come next
after the Khadhrawi for the purpose of exportation; the Sa'maran
which is packed for Europe; the Sair or " miscellaneous, 33
comprising various sorts, which goes to India and other places abroad;
the Dairi which is deficient in syrup and dries hard; the
Braiyim ^ which is boiled and dried in the hard stage; and the
App D—1

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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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