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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2365] (882/1262)

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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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Muhammad Kadhim, Khurasani (I).
Saiyid Muhammad^ Balir-al-' , Ulum (II),
Shaikh 'Abdul Hasan (III).
Shaikh Fat -h TJllah^ Sbarfat^ Isfahani (I).
Saiyid Abul Qasim, Isbqawari (I).
Akhund Mulla 'Ali Kb on sari.
Saiyid Abu Turab, Kbonsari.
Agha Shaikh Mabdi.
Saiyid Mubammad Hasbim, Qazvini (II).
Shaikh 'All, Yazdi (II).
Murtaza Husain, Indian.
Saiyid Mubammad, Kasbani (II).
Saiyid/Ali, Tangabnni (III).
Saiyid Muhammad Baqir ; Tabatabayi.
Saiyid Mubammad Baqir, Bebbebani.
Kalb-i-Baqir^ Indian (III).
Saiyid Husain^ Qumi.
The figures (I), (II) and (III) opposite some of the names indicate
that the individuals so marked bad been classed by Majoi Newmarch as
Mujtahids of the first^ second, and third rank respectively. The appear
ance of other names in the list is due to the fact that many of the
persons regarded by Major Newmarch as the only genuine Mujtahids
decline! to accept allowances from the Bequest, some from religious
scruples, some on account of the annoyance from beggars to which they
would become exposed; and some because they had already all the money
that they required; partly, also, it may be due to the appearance of new
Mujtahids between 190^ and 1906. The most prominent of all the
Mujtahids, before bis death in 1904, was Mubammad-al-Garawi-asb-
Sharbiyani of Najaf, who politely declined to receive an allowance from
the Bequest on the ground that be bad no need of one.
The town of Shusbtar in Northern 'Arabistan is the seat .of two The Mujta-
Mujtahid families of great local importance. The chief Mujtabid of
Shushtar in 1905 was Haji Saiyid 'Abdus Samad, a large landowner^
whose attitude towards the British Government was then friendly ; he
had two sons, Haji Agha Mubammad Ja'far and Haji Ahmad. The
former of these was a middle-aged man, who bad a considerable part in
the management of his father's affairs, and who, though be did not
seek intercourse wiib Europeans, was civil to those whom he met. The
second family was that of Shaikh Mubammad 'Ali, who died in 1904/
leaving three sons, Muhammad Jawad, Muhammad Karim and Murtaza,
and a sister's son named Saiyid ■'Abdullah. These all enjoyed the title
of Agha Shaikh ; and of the three Muhammad Jawad was the most
influential, while the youngest, Murtaza, aged 21 in 1905, was open-
minded and interested in foreigners, knew some English, had visited
Bombay and Moulmein—at both of which places the^ family owned
property—and was popular in the town. The internal affaiis of Shushtai,
before the, arrival of a strong Persian Governor in 190o in the person
* Some of the villages owned by him are specified in the articles <f Gargar " and
«%5nab " in the Geographical Volume of the Gazetteer,

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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' [‎2365] (882/1262), 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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