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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2348] (865/1262)

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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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lamb fetches from 8 to 12 Qrans^ against which the expenses of tending
are practically nothing-.
ExportaHon. Exportation on a large scale would probably lead to the imposition
by the Persian Government of an embargo ; the measivtes which they
have taken to prevent the destruction of lambs have been mentioned
above. The Persian ports from which sheep might be shipped are Bandar
^Abbas^ Lingeh, Bushehr and Muhammareh; the prices of ewes would
range from 25 to 30 Qrans and of rams from 25 to 40 Qrans. The duty
on the export of live sheep from Persia is one Qran per head. A few
sheep were sent from Persia to South Africa in 1905.
Persian goats.
In passing from the subject of sheep^ it may be as well to say a few
words as to their guide, philosopher, and friend,—the goat.
Kind of There is only one type of goat in Persia, which possesses long horns
goats. and is generally black in colour. Goats breed as a rule once a year^ in
September and October, but sometimes they have been known to kid
Use of goats. As a rule a number of goats are to be found in each flock of sbeep;
they are trained to lead the latter just in the same manner as the horse
called Pishahang is trained to lead a caravan of mules.
The goats have better homing instincts than the sheep, and not only do
they lead flock to the desired pasture land, but, as they are much less
prone to taking fright, they also prevent it from shying or stampeding,
They also act as safe guides in mountainous districts.
Produce. Ropes, rough Gilims or rugs, and saddle bags are made from
the hair of which the goats yield from 1 to IJ lbs.; and their milk is
treated in the same way as that of the sheep, that is to say, it is made
into cheese or Mast. In villages alongside rivers, where no boats ,
goat skins are blown out and used by the natives, either singly or jome
together afW the manner of a raft; by this means goods, ^ passengers;
etc., are ferried across rivers and mountain streams over which there are
no bridges and in which no boat could live. The skins are also exten
sively used to make bags for containing and carrying water.

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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' [‎2348] (865/1262), 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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