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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2356] (873/1262)

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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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successive chief Mujtaliids of the Gulf Akhbaris seem all to have
belonged to the same Asfur family as the celebrated Shaikh Yusuf;
but their influence has greatly declined during the last few generations.
History of The Shaikhis take their name from Shaikh Ahmad-bin-Zain-ud-Din,
the Shaikhis. who flourished in Hasa between 1785 and 1825 ; Shaikh Kadhim^ liis
successor^ died at Karbala about 1843; and after Shaikh Kadhim a
certain Shaikh Muhammad Karim Khan became prominent, who was
born about 1810 and died about 1871. Another leading Shaikln was
Haji Muhammad Khan, whose son, also named Haji Muhammad Khan,
is said to be the principal expounder of the Shara ; at the present time
at Kirman and to belong to the royal Qajar family. There is strong
opposition between the Usulis and the Shaikhis, but the nature ot t eir
differences has not been satisfactorily explained. On the Persian coas
of the Gulf there are onlv about 50 Shaikhis at Bushehr and a veiy ew
at Bandar 'Abbas and Lingeh, but they are understood to be more
numerous in other parts of Persia.
Shi'ali shrines in 'Iraq.
The Slii'ah shrines of 'Iraq may he divided into three poups: first,
those connected with the death of ^ Ali; second, those connecte wi
battle of Karbala; third, those connected with Imams later an i
Sacred places The spot where 'Ali was mortally wounded is shown in g ^
connected mosque of Kufah ; and his reputed tomb is the sole object ot m e r
Wlthtlie the town of Najaf, which has grown up around it m the midst oi in
hospitable deserts. These sacred places are described m t e ar
deatk of 'Ali.
Kufah and Najaf in the Geographical Volume of this Gazet ee1, ,
Sacred places The tombs of Husain and his party are shown at K^rba a,
connected authenticity is not disputed. Of the buildings there, fully _ esci
geographical notice of the town, the most important is
Karbala, Hazrat Husain; it contains the grave of Husain and it is
with the
najZinL xiusam ; it coiiimiis mc gitive ui ^ f his own.
place of most of his companions. 'Abbas has a sepuic ie 0 . ^
The tomb of Hurr is situated 7 miles to the north-east, an ? i a | g0
31 miles to the north-west of Karbala. Here may be men
though not immediately connected with the Karbala inciden '
of MLUslim-bin-''A qil, Husain's emissary to Kufah, and o ^
Amwah who harboured him, both at Kufah. Muhammad- m 11 a gy
the Aulad Muslim, who are buried to the east of Hillah, were }
of Muslim's family. descriptio 11
Sacred places , At Kadhimain, in the geographical article^ on , Mll i iamm ad-
connected will be found, is the burial place of Musa-bin-Ja tar ana ^
with the^ bin-'Ali, the seventh and ninth Imams; the title of Kadhim,
ater Imams. res trained," has been extended to both, but originally it _ ^^H-bin-
former alone. The tombs of the tenth and eleventh Imams, a | g0
Muhammad and Hasan-bin-'Ali, are to be seen at Samarrah, w ^ ec ted
is exhibited a well, situated in a subterranean apartment and 1-. p ea .
by a silver grating,—the scene, according to tradition, of tlie 1
ranee of Muhammad-bin-Hasan-al-M ahdi, the twelfth Imam. 1
is said, however, to show himself at intervals at the Masjid -as

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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' [‎2356] (873/1262), 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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