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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2380] (897/1262)

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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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secession from the Agha Khan, and that these proceedings were counten
anced by the Sultan of ^Oman; enquiry, however, showed tiiat the complaint
referred to the case of one Khojah woman only, who was a subject of
the Sultan, and the matter was dropped. At Gwadar the Khojahs
are said to be still for the most part or altogether Agha Khanis^
that is, Imamiyah; but at Matrah, which is their principal place,
it is reported that nearly all have seceded and have become ordinary
Ithnah-'Ashari Shi^ahs, not Sunnis as at Bombay. The seceders at
Matrah have^preserved some of their ancient social and other usages,
and the term Khojah continues to be applied to them, there and elsewhere,
on account of their antecedents. In ; Oman, as a whole, about 90 per
cent, of the Khojahs are now Ithnah-Asha-riyah. The Agha Khan main
tains regular communication, through agents in the Gulf, with the
Khojahs who have remained faithful to him ; and at one period he paid
a visit to Gwadar every second year in order that they might have a
convenient opportunity of paying him their respects.
Non -Khojah It should be added that the Agha Khan has many thousands of
IsmB'ilis in non-Khojah adherents in Eastern and South-Eastern Persia, who
Uie Persian 0 p en }y profess to be Shi^ahs of the orthodox type but in secret cherish
the Isma/ili doctrines; their conduct in this respect is in accordance
<vith the Isma^ili principle of Takiyah or mental reservation^
under which they are permitted, for the purpose of escaping persecution,
to conceal and even to disguise their religion. Some of these non-
Khojah Isma'iliyah possibly reside in districts of the Gulf littoral ; but
nothing can be stated as to their location and numbers.
The village of Baghu near Bandar ; Abbas is the property of His
Highness the Agha Khan.
Other Muhammadan or quasi-Muhammadan denominations and
sects in tne Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. region.
Zikrii. There are a few of the sect called Zikri tSjfo in the district
attached to Gwadar town; these are the Baluchis of Nigwar, wbo
number only 600 to 600 souls. The Zikri sect is said to have origin
ated in India about three hundred years ago. The Zikns are
reported to believe that, on the expiration of a thousand yeais
from the Hijrah, the dispensation of Muhammad came to an end an
was superseded by the dispensation of the Mahdi, who appeared a
Attock on the Indus and subsequently vanished somewhere in Makran.
Zikr, from which the Zikris take their name, consists in pronouncing
certain formulas six times in the day instead of saying the regular
Muhammadan prayers, and is believed by them to have been prescribe
by the Mahdi; they read the Quran and call themselves Muhammadan 8 ;
but they reject the Ramazan fast, and they hold that 'Ushr should e
paid at the rate of one-tenth instead of Zakat at the rate of one-fortietn.
The Zikris are most numerous in the eastern parts of Makran, and they
kave at Kaij a place of pilgrimage which they call Koh-i-Murad

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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' [‎2380] (897/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 20 July 2024]

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