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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2305] (822/1262)

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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 1905 the crop was large but inferior in quality to the last; 1905.
prices, on the average, were the same as in the preceding year.
iU An estimate of the values of the dates shipped from Muhammareh
from 1899 -1900 to 1905-06 inclusive will be found in the Annexure
to this Appendix.
Persian Coast.
In the districts adjoining Bushehr Town, particularly on the Bushehr Date produc-
Peninsula and in Dashtistan and Dashti, dates do not as a rule ripen ticm and the
well; there are about 50 varieties, among which the Halawi and date trade in
Khadhrawi—as at Basrah—are considered the best, but the only ^ o ® ^ ersian
kind exported is that known as the Qasb Zahidi which is districts,
packed in baskets and exported to India to the amount of 10,000 or
15^000 baskets a year. Owing to oppression by the Khans of districts,
many of the date cultivators in the Bushehr neighbourhood have
lately emigrated to Fao, Qasbeh on ' Abbadan Island, Bahrain, etc.
In the Shibkuh and Lingeh districts there are about 40 different
sorts of dates, the best being the Qantar, Barhi Khalas,
ere correspl Khadhrawi, Shahuni Khanaizi, Khassab Murdasang
nthis jear,! and Halao ; the "palms of the Lingeh district are about 180,000
reNo. 1, aw trees. All the kinds of dates in these districts, with the exception of those
•Indian saili just specified and of two other kinds known as M asli and Zamardi
occur in small quantities and are consumed fresh; but the
, but still ak ^ as li and Zamardi, which are very abundant, are exported. Of these
id ie fruit J ^ dark in colour^ and, though smaller than the Zamardi,
cwts, Inii more expensive ; the Zamardi is yellowish and does not keep so well,
ported in M ^ or dinary local price of a basket of Masli dates weighing 8
| Lingeh Mans or about 72 lbs. is Es. 2, and that of a similar basket
of Zamardi from Es. 1-8-0 to Es. 1-10-0 ; but these are liable to
fluctuation. Some 5,000 to 6,000 baskets of Maslis and Zamardi«,
according to rainfall, are available at the port of Lingeh every year.
The dates grown at a distance inland are said to be sup erior to those
of the seacoast.
At Bandar ■'Abbas and in the Shamil and Minab districts the best
are the Halili and Murdasang, which are also among the
fliost abundant. The Zfarig , a fairly good date, is common to all
three places, and the Suhrdang also of moderate quality, to the
first two. The Khanaizi (from Bahrain) and the Zahrai both
a tes of a good class, are found at Bandar ''Abbas and also in Minab.
he numbers of different varieties of dates found at Bandar ■'Abbas
and in Shamil and Minab are estimated at 16,18 and 16 respectively,
those already mentioned above; a proportion, especially in
' inab, belong to stocks imported from abroad, especially from ^Oman,
™n and Basrah.
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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' [‎2305] (822/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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