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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2373] (890/1262)

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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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and the whole of Ziyadiyah Island in the same river. In 1904 about
200 boats at Basrah and in the neighbourhood belonged to tte Naqib.
The Naqjb of Basrah immediately before 1874 was 'Abdur Rahman, Family of
who died in that year and was succeeded by his brother Saiyid the Naqib of
Muhammad Sa'id; on the death of the latter, in 1896, the Niqabat Basrah,
il passed to his son Saiyid Bajab, the present Naqib, by whom the active
duties of the Niqabat had been discharged during the last six years of
his father's life. The most prominent ^ members of Saiyid Kajab's
family were, until lately, his brother Saiyid Ahmad and his son Saiyid
Talib. Saiyid Ahmad, however, died in 1908.
The last Naqib, Saiyid Muhammad Sa'id, received a decoration from p o iiti 0 al em-
the Sultan of Turkey for assistance given by him, probably in 1871 and ployment of
certainly before his succession to the Niqabat, in persuading the A1 Thani the _ Naqib
Shaikh of Qatar to declare himself a dependent of the Porfce. In 1900, ^ am ^y
as related in the history of Kuwait, the late Saiyid Ahmad and Saiyid ^ Turks
Talib were employed to mediate in an imbroglio between the Amir of
Jabal Shammar and the Shaikh of Kuwait, which occurred on the borders
of Turkish ; Iraq; and towards the end of 1901 the Naqib himself, Saiyid
Rajab, was twice sent to Kuwait to recall the Shaikh of that place to a
sense of his duty towards the Sultan of Turkey. In June 1902 Saiyid
Talib was appointed Mutasarrif of Hasa; he was recalled in 1903 on
account of an incident of his administration which is described in the history
of Hasa, but he seems to have retained the appointment, in name at least,
until 1905. At one time he was considered a likely candidate for the
Waliship of Basrah. Saiyid Talib was apparently, at this time of his
life ; an ardent pan-Islamist.t
The Ibadhi denomination of Islam in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. region.
We have already seen that in the Sultanate of 'Oman, which has a
population of about half a million souls, a denomination of Muhammadan-
ism known as the Ibadhi (or Biyadhi enjoys an ascendancy,
or is at least as powerful as any other. The principles of the Ibadhis or
Ibadhiyah are said to have been introduced into 'Oman by individual
Khawarij who survived the destruction of their sect, as a political party,
| jty ; Ali-bin-Abi-Talib at the battle of Nahrwan ; and this much at least
^certain, that the Ibadhi denomination is of Khariji origin. The
n ni M re ^ ar Ibadhi school, which did not, apparently, at any time attain to
iat ^ * Saiyid Eajab has two sons, Saiyids Talib and Yusuf. Saiyid Ahmad has feet one
wealfli l sod, Saiyid Hashim. The father of Saiyids 'Abdur Kahman and Muhammad Sa'id
c inpoPfi was Uame d Saiyid Ahmad,
' "fnllP t The prooeedirgs of the Government of India for February 1905 contain a
nM l emai 'l ia hle memorandum on Turkish policy in Arabia written by Saiyid Talib for the
J ^ rai1 ^ of Turkey on the 3rd of August 1904; it was obtained by the British
j^bassy at Constantinople. The memorandum betrays an intense distrust of Great
" ri taiii and dislike of Persia, and the suggestions which it contains may have
? 0n tributed to bring about the disastrous Turkish invasion and occupation of Najd
in 1904-06. Saiyid Talib is now (1913) the leader of the Arab " nationaliit 11 and
Anti-Turk movement in 'Iraq,

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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' [‎2373] (890/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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