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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2360] (877/1262)

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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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28tli Safar, the reputed anniversary of the death of the prophet
9th Eabi^al-Awwal, the day of the assassination of the Khalifah
17th Rabi'-al-Awwal, the " reputed birthday of the prophet
13th Rajab^ the birthday of ''Ali.
27th Rajab^ the day on which the prophet Muhammad is supposed
to have received his mission.
21st Ramadhan^ the anniversary of the death of 'AH.
27th Ramadhan, the day of the execution of 'Abdur Rahman-bin-
Muljam^ the murderer of ''AH.
18th Dhal Hijjah^, known as the "'Id-al-Grhadir the day
on which^ according to the Shi^ahs^ the prophet Muhammad
nominated 'Ali to be his successor.
28th Dhul Hijja^ known as the Mubahilah ^ the day on
which 'Ali gave a costly emerald ring to a beggar ; who was an
angel sent in disguise to try him.
21st March or Nauruz^ the Persian New Year's Day.
Auspicious days for visiting the shrines at Karbala are the follow
8th, 9th and luth Muharranx, known as the Aiyam-at -Tarwiyah
a^yJI pbj ; the day of the massacre of Husain and his com
panions and the two days preceding it; on the 8th the
archangel Gabriel is supposed to have shown the martyrs their
appointed places in paradise.
20th Safar, known as the Arba'in {i.e., Forty Days) or the Maradd-
ar-Ras (i.e., the Return of the Head), the day on
which the head of Husain was brought back to Karbala from
1st Rajab, the day on which Ar-Ridha, the eighth Imam, performed
the pilgrimage at Karbala.
15th Rajab, a day appointed for the Zivarat by Ja'far -as -Sadiq, the
sixth Imam. ^
1st, 2nd and 3rd Sha'bali, one of these being the birthday of
Husain; the general public perform the Ziyarat on the 1st,
but the Muj tabids generally regard the 3rd as the proper day.
15th Sha'ban, on the night of which, known as the Lailat -al-Bara
} events for the coming year are predestined y
God; the birthday also of the Mahdi or twelfth Imam.
23rd Ramadhan, on the night of which, known as the Lailat -a
Qadar 'iU } the Quran was sent down from ^ ea ^ ;
the exact date of this, however, is uncertain and the lst ; 1 >
21st and 27th of the month are also mentioned.
1st Shawwal, the first day after the close of the fast of to nadhan^
the m ^trw -ati , w h ^r ev9r ' 8eem9 to Weo " the i2th or 13th of
12th + Rlb^al-Aww^. nhammad ' S birth appeRrs ' ^ever, to be generally *

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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' [‎2360] (877/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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