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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2392] (909/1262)

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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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(The Abbe de Beauchamp was among tlie learned men who
subsequently accompanied Bonaparte to Egypt.)
The subsequent history of the Roman Catholic missions in Persia
and 'Iraq may be given in the actual words of the compiler of the above
chronology. " A partir de cette epoque^ nos stations de Perse n ; ont plus
d^histoire; elles sont abandonnees insensiblement. La grande revolu
tion fran9aise avait tari la source des vocations apostoliques. Nos
stations de Mesopotamie ont ete toujours desservies directement on
indirectement jusqu^a present par les Carmes ; mais parfois avec^Faide
de pretres orientaux. Maintenant, avec 1'aide de Dieu, nous tachons
de retablir ; du moins en partie, notre ancienne mission de Perse sur les
cotes du Golfe. Depuis 1899 nous visitons Bouchir.""
Present position of the Eoman Catholic missions in the Persian
Gulf region.
At the present day the Roman Catholic Church has only three
permanent stations in the countries with which we are concerned^ one
at Baghdad^ one at ^Amarah, and one at Basrah ; but arrangements exis
for occasional ministrations at Bushehr. The staff and Work of the
missions are chiefly concentrated at Baghdad.
Baghdad. At Baghdad there are about 1^200 Roman Catholics^ 1,400 Syrian
Catholics, 1,000 Catholic Armenians, and 2,000 Chaldaean Catholics,
the first three of these bodies are subject in common to the Arch bis op
of Babylon and therefore form, in a sense, a religious unit; but eac i o
them has its separate church. The Chaldaean Catholics are an indepen
dent communion. The Roman Catholic institutions at Baghdad are
described in detail below; the church and principal school were as
rebuilt in 1868 under Father Marie-Joseph de Jesus.
Basrah. There are at Basrah a church and a school under the direction o
Carmelite Fathers. The Christians of Basrah number about 2,50 ,
the proportion belonging or attached to the Roman communion a
not been ascertained.
Roman Catholic educational and charitable institutions ^
The following is an account of the Roman Catholic institutions mail
tained at Baghdad, about 190B, chiefly by the Fathers of the Carme
mission ; it is taken from materials supplied by one of themselves.
High school The Carmelites had at Baghdad a high school for boys, ,
or bo ys. day pupils and boarders. The teaching staff in this school consisteo^
* The information given below relates to the year 1905.

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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:

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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' [‎2392] (909/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 July 2024]

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