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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2457] (974/1262)

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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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between that place and Yazd^ Tehran^ Mashhad and other towns of
Persia. Interchange of mails on the same principles as at Bushehr was
immediately after this arranged between the Indian and the Persian post
offices at Bandar ^Abbas. At Bandar ''Abbas addresses not written
in Persian are translated by the Indian office before the mail is handed
over to the Persian postmaster.
Notwithstanding the organisation of a Persian Postal Department^
the British Indian post offices on the coast of the Gulf continued to
exist; and for a number of years no changes were made in their working,
except such as naturally resulted at Bushehr from the abolition of the
quasi-public service to Shiraz and beyond; at each office mails were still
collected for despatch to the other ofeces of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. division and
to India^ and mails were received from the same quarters and were dis
tributed locally. In all cases postage was charged at Indian inland
rates and was paid by means of Indian stamps. There were thus ano
malies of procedure which it was not likely that the Persian Post Office,
under European management, would long tolerate without protest; but
no complaints appear to have been received until 1901, by which year
the successful development of the Persian Imperial Customs under
Belgian management had suggested to the Shah^s ministers the advan
tage of restricting, so far as possible, foreign privileges which trenched
upon the revenue or the authority of Persian Departments.
In 1901, M. Arnold, who was now described as Administrator
General of Persian Posts, called in question the propriety of a public
mail service between places in Persia being carried on, as it was in part,
by the Indian Post Office; his complaint referred to the interchange of
Indian mails between the ports of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. at which there were
Indian offices. Persian mails were interchanged between the same
places; but the Persian offices received less patronage, even from the
Persian public, as their rates were higher; and the Persian offices in
the Gulf were at this time worked at a loss. The justice of M. Arnold's
objections having been recognised by the Government of India, it was
arranged that the Indian post offices at the ports of Muhammareh^
Bushehr^ Bandar ^Abbas and Lingeh should not in future accept postal
matter intended for delivery at any place in Persia, and that articles
posted at the Indian post office in contravention of the new orders should
be treated as unpaid and transferred to the local Persian offices for disposal.
Early in 1902, on receipt of information that Persian offices had been
opened at Jashk and Chahbar, th3 same regulation was applied to the
Indian post off ce at Jashk. Articles franked by British political and
consular officers were, however^ exempted from the operation of these
orders, and remained subject to the old regime.
In 1902, apparently by way of assimilating the practice in Persia to
that followed in Turkish 'Iraq, orders were issued to all the Indian post
offices in Persian territory to discontinue sending letters for delivery
out of the post office, except such as were addressed to high officers
of the British or Persian Governments or to foreign consular
officers. The abolition of the delivery at Qishm and of the town and
suburban delivery at Bushehr was necessitated by this prohibition
Since 1902 all deliveries have been effected within the precincts of the
service be
tween Bandar
'Abbas and
the interior,
Restriction of
the privileges
of the Indian
in Persia,
ance of tbe
Indian ser
vice between
places in
Persia, 1901-
Abolition of
Indian mail
deliveries in
Persia out
side the pre
cincts of the
Indian post
offices, 1902.

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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' [‎2457] (974/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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