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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2329] (846/1262)

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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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formation from a different source.^
^hich it may be useful to compare with that already given; in strictness
1905; not to the whole Gulf.
fin I (i 11
dollars), j dollars).
N amber
Number of
Maxi mum
(in Qu-
R emaeks.
The Shuai SafFar is a cargo
The Shu'ai G haw was is
nsed for pearling only.
The Sambuk is a higher
grade vessel than the
Shu ai ; it is used for
pearl fishing and never
carries cargo.
The Baghlah Large trading vessel. is used for
trade and runs from the
Gulf to Bombay, Aden,
etc. There is on essential
difference between a Shu'ai
and a Baghlah Large trading vessel. , except
that the latter carries a
small boat suspended at
the stern. Now-a-days
Baghlahs are not built of
more than 4,000 Qusarahs
or 320 tons capacity, but
formerly some had a
capacity of 6,000.
The Baqarah is used for
pearl fishing ; it never
carries cargo.
The Batil is the fastest
and, according to Arab
ideas, the most elegant of
all craft. It was formerly
used for war, but is now
confined to pearl fishing;
it never carries cargo.
Large Mashuwahs are used
for pearling and have as
many as 7 pairs of oars,
small ones are carried bj
other vessels of greater
size as shore-going boats.
The Bum is a type of cargo
boat which runs all over
the Gulf and to India.
It is also nsed as a lighter
in port; and by pearl
merchants visiting the
banks, but not for actual
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indin each 'ewe the length of the Kosiyah or inclined keel between the Bis and the
added together make the whole keel.

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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' [‎2329] (846/1262), 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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