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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2378] (895/1262)

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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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their proceedings during this period.* In 1258 A.D. their political
power was broken by the capture and destruction of Alamut; but
they continued to exist as a religious sect under the direction of
their " unrevealed )y Imams^ the descendants or supposed descen
dants of the last a revealed^ Imam, Ismail. About the beginning
of the 16th century of the Christian era the Isma^iliyah ceased to
be persecuted in Persia; and early in the 19th century their head
enjoyed great political influence. At length in 1838 the Isma^ili Imam
of the day, Muhammad Husain, Husaini, otherwise Agha Khan, revolted
against the Persian Government and seized the province of Kirman^
where he had many adherents ; but he was defeated by the Shah and
retired to India, where, after 1845, he generally resided at Bombay. His
grandson. His Highness Sultan Muhammad, Husaini, also styled Agha
Khan, is the present head of the Isma/iliyah throughout the world and
has his head-quarters at Bombay,
Origin and The present Khojah sect are descended from Hindus of Sind and
PJ^cipl®. 8 ^ Kach, who, in the 15th century of the Christian era, were converted from
e ojahs. Hinduism to the Isma/ili form of the Shi^ah faith. r lhe Isma/ili Dai or
missionary by whom the ancestors of the Khojahs were converted was
one Pir Sadr-ud-Din, who is said to have been sent from Khurasan to
India by Shah Islam Shah, an ancestor of the present Agha Khan and
sixteenth from him in the ascending line; the tomb of this missionary is
shown at Uch in the Bahawalpur State in the Panjab. From its original
seat in Sind and Kach the Khojah faith spread, or was carried by
emigrants, to Gujarat, Bombay, East Africa and the shores of the Persian
Gulf; but this process cannot be assigned to any particular period. The
Khojahs differ to some extent from the Isma/ilis of Persia and otter
countries in ritual, and possibly in dogma ; but those among them who
adhere to their original tenets still regard the Agha Khan as the unre
vealed Imam and as the head of their faith.
The word " Khojah in the present application, is understood to
mean " honourable or worshipful convert 3 \
Becent his* The principal event in the recent history of the Khojahs is a schisin,
Tn?' 0 i!b ecame serious after the settlement of the Agha Khan in India in
0 ] a s - 1845 ; it culminated in 1862 in the institution of legal proceedings by a
dissident minority against the Agha Khan, whose headship and authority
over the Khojah sect they denied. The suit was finally decided on the
12th of November 1866 by Sir Joseph Arnould, a judge of the Bombay
High Court; in his judgment the rights claimed by the Agha Khan
were affirmed, and his opponents were declared to have been lawfully
expelled from the Khojah community. The dissident or unorthodox
Khojahs of Bombay, who contended—in opposition to all histonca
evidence—that the Khojahs were properly Sunnis and not Shl ; ahs ; on
ceasing to be Imami Isma^ilis apparently became ordinary Sunni
* Assassin " is from Hashishin 3 meaning those who committed poli-
Hasluh^ 6 ' 8 at the 0rder 0f tlie Um ^ ]i ' chief llnde1 ' the influei]ce of the drUg

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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' [‎2378] (895/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 8 December 2023]

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