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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2368] (885/1262)

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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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preacher of renown in his day; he is credited with having
miraculous powers, and many extraordinary and even blasphemous stories
are related concerning him. The mosque and tomb of Shaikh ^Abdul
Qadir, honorifically described as " Janab Ghauth-al-AMham; Dastgir^',
not only form one of the principal sights of Baghdad, but are also a
centre of great religious importance and are visited by Sunni Muhamma-
dans from all parts of the world, especially from Afghanistan and India;
poor pilgrims and sojourners who cannot pay their way are supported as
long as they care to stay at the shrine ; and it is said that as many as
4,000 loaves of bread are sometimes issued daily from the kitchen of
the ^Pir-i-Dastgir The shrine was once a focus of political intrigue
and a sanctuary from the law, but the Turkish authorities have now
brought it under control. The revenues accruing to the shrine from en*
dowments and pious bequests are stated to amount to £T 12,000 per ammm.
Other Sunni There are some other shrines, respected by Sunnis, in ■'Iraq and in
shrines. other parts of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; but none of them is comparable in
importance with that of Shaikh ''Abdul Qadir. Among the minor Sunni
shrines are^ in ''Iraq, the Maqam Yunas at Kufah and the tomb of
Ezekiel at Kifl, regarding which the geographical articles on the two
towns may be consulted; the tomb of Ezekiel, however, is more venerated
by Jews than it is by Muhammadans,
The Sunni Naqib of Baghdad.
Tha Nan lb of The most influential of all Sunnis in the countries adjoining the
Baghdad. Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. is the Naqib of Baghdad, the official head of the Arab
community there. The appointment to the Niqabat, a dignity which
exists in other places also in the Ottoman empire, is made by the Sultan
of Turkey on the recommendation of the local authorities; but in practice
the succession is treated as hereditary. From the derivation of the word
Naqib, which seems to imply that the holder of the office was originally
an elected chief, it may perhaps be inferred that the Niqabat is older
than Turkish rule ; and, whatever the case may be in this respect, it lS
certain that the importance of the Naqib at the present day depends,^ 0
upon Turkish recognition, but upon his descent and upon the saeredness
of the shrine of Shaikh ^Abdul Qadir, Gilani, of which he is custodian.
The Naqib, in fact, possesses enormous religious influence and socia
prestige apart from his relations with the Turkish Government; and Q
Ottoman officials, from a consciousness that he could thwart or at leas
seriously obstruct any of their measures to which he might be oppose,
always^" endeavour to stand well with him. The Naqib was till late Y
an ex-officio member of the Administrative Council of the iVali o
Baghdad. . ,
The Qadirij- The family of which the Naqib of Baghdad is head enjoy a
ah family of reputation for sanctity as the descendants of Shaikh 'Abdul Qadir, Gi ani;
* This has ceased to be true since the party of Union Progress came to r 0 ^ e
in Turkey. It is now the Naqib who cultivates the favour of the ^ overDme T n i' n f
t A genealogical table of the Qadiriyah family will be found in Part III o

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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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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' [‎2368] (885/1262), 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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