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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2379] (896/1262)

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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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At the present time the persons styled Khojahs in the Gulfs of The Khajabs
Persia and 'Oman, who are all of Indian origin or extraction, number 0 . f 1>0r "
nearly 2,000 souls and are distributed as follows ;—
Territorial divieio n.
Number of souls.
'Oman Sultanate
Quryat .....
Barkah .....
A few.
A few.
Suwaiq .....
Sohar ......
Truoial 'Oman
Ras-al-Khaimah , . . .
Sharjah . . . . •
Dibai ......
Persian Coast .
Lingeh .....
Bandar 'Abbas ....
Mmab .....
Persian MakrSn
Chahbar .....
'Oman Sultanate
Gwadar .....
Total, over 1,969
An account of the Khojahs of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. region will be
found, in an article under the name, in the Geographical Volume of
this Gazetteer. Wherever they are settled, they are generally
accompanied by their wives and children.
The schism which occurred among the Khojahs of Bombay was Recent
reproduced among those of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; and it is stated that, at,
the present time, not more than half of those in the Gulf are Imamiyah s
and acknowledge the authority of the Agha Khan. In 1885 the p er8 i an Q u if #
Government of India declined to interfere on behalf of the Imami
Khojahs of Matrah, who had been dispossessed of the original Khojah
Jama'at or holy place; they were perhaps entitled to possession under
the Bombay High Court decision of 1866, but on the other hand they
numbered only 20 families, they had not been excluded from worship
ing in the old building, they possessed a new building of their own, and they
had delayed greatly in bringing their claim. In 1886 a complaint was receiv
ed by the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. that some Khojah women at Matrah
were being ill-treated by their husbands in order to make them join in the

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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' [‎2379] (896/1262), 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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