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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2318] (835/1262)

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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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Kabidh u*lh > yellow, black or white, length2 to 2^ feet, edible;
the white variety has prickles.
Rishah (Abu) Aty, dark green, length 2 feet, edible.
Turtles, The turtle, called Hamas or Ghailam is found, the
oysters and . , # . .
rustaceans. commonest species being the hawk-'s-bill variety ( Chelonia imhricata)
the carapace is exported as tortoise-shell, and the flesh is eaten by Sunnis.
Here may be mentioned also the pearl oyster (Mahharah whicli
is found in abundance and is of good quality ; Shrimps (Eibyan Jhj ),
which are red or white and attain 5 inches in length; and a kind of cray
fish (Shanjub ).
Fish on the Persian coast of the Gulf of 'Oman.
Fish taken
for local
Fish taken
chiefly for
The fish of the Persian Makran coast are of numerous kinds; they
may be roughly divided into two classes,—those which are taken for local
consumption and those which are caught for export.
To the first class belong the Nambau ^ and Chancho , two
unpalatable species of rock-fish; the Murbah ^ or mullet; the
or sardine; and the
Khundrau or lady-fish; the Tarli
Dotur yy , Gidir ^
; ]V1 usi
English: most
Kichan ,
Eaus and Sum , which have no names in
of these are procurable throughout the year.
To the second class, of which about nine-tenths of the quantity caught,
is cured and eventually exported, belong the Gullu or cat-^sh, from which
isinglass is obtained; the Kair, which is in season from April to June and
also yields isinglass; the Matuta Oyu ^ a kind of whitebait taken
between October and February and used by Arabs as manure for then
date palms; the Mushku y a kind of rock-fish; the ; Owurt 6
Pagas or shark, caught throughout the year ; the pomfret,
here is scarce, but may be caught at intervals throughout the yearj t e
Saram pjU ; and the Surma-i or seer-fish, which is ^
season between November and March.
Most of these are probably included, under other names,
''Oman fish above.
the table

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2318] (835/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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