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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2325] (842/1262)

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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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one mast, and is impelled by oars and sails; is usually from 15 to 20
feet in length; and carries a crew of from 7 to 8 men.
XL—Mashuwah ().
Belongs to the Arab Coast ports from Ras-al-Khaimah to Kuwait
and Persian Coast from Bushehr to Jashk.
In length the Mashuwah varies from 20 to 40 feet; it is broad-
beamed and square-sterned, with plenty of sheer, sometimes completely
decked, the smaller ones being usually half-decked. The larger ones have
two hatchways for cargo. They are steered with a rudder and wheel,
but tlie small ones use a tiller only. As a rule they have only one mast,
but on the Arab Coast the larger ones sometimes have two. They have
the usual sails and rigging, are fitted with a bowsprit, and have, in
addition to the ordinary sails, a kind of combined jib-staysail. The
larger Mashuwah is used for cargo (8 to 10 tons), the smaller ones for
figliing; they carry a crew of from 6 to 12 men, and are a very common
tjpe in rjie Gulf.
XIL—-Badan ( ^).
Belongs to the Arab Coast ports from Masqat to Kuwait.
The Badan is a much smaller vessel than, but is similar to, the
Baqarah excepting that where the keel runs in the Baqarah is
flat-bottomed in the Badan, which enables the latter vessel to stand
upright when beached or aground. The Badan has only one mast
and is rigged as usual; some have bowsprits, and all have the
jib-staysail j the larger ones are decked, the smaller ones half-decked
or open • they range from 10 to 20 feet in length and have crews
of from 4 to 8 men. They are propelled by oars or sails; the larger
ones are used for cargo, and the smaller ones for fishing.
XIIL—Jali or Jalibot ( ).
Belongs to all ports on the Arab and Persian Coasts ; the name is
probably borrowed from the man-of-war Jolly-boat.
n The J ali i s a email square-sterned passenger-carrying- craft, from
20 to 30 feet long, shaped rather like the Mashuwah excepting m the
steiri; usually open, but those belonging to Kuwait and Bahrain are

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2325] (842/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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