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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2458] (975/1262)

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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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of foreign
for id land
rates in the
In iinn post
offices in
Persia, .1903.
regarding the
use of Indian
stamps in
Persia, 1904-
Conflict in
regard to the
treatment of
the Indian
parcel mail
in Persia,
British offices, except in the case of non-local letters, which are handed to
the Persian post office for disposal; local letters not called for within
three weeks are returned to the Dead Letter Office.
The first practice of the Indian Post Office in Persia to be called in
question by the recently reformed Persian Post Office, of which the
management had been transferred to the Persian Imperial Customs in
1902, was the carriage of correspondence to and from India, and between
the offices of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. division, at Indian inland rates. The point-
was raised by M. Naus, the Belgian Director-General of Posts and
Customs, who represented that, in consequence of the Indian inland rates
being lower than the Union rates adopted by Persia, the Persian post
office was being subjected to unfair competition. To meet the wishes of
the Persian Directoi General, and to put an end to an anomaly which
might have compromised the position of the Indian Post offices in Persia,
the demand was conceded ; and from the 1st of June 1903 the correspon
dence in question was made subject to the foreign rates and rules of the
Indian Post Office. Parcels and British official covers were still, up to
1907, allowed to pass at the old rates; but no express or permanent
concession was granted in this respect.
The habitual use of Indian stamps in Persian territory was a
delicate matter, which could not long, in the circumstances, remain out of
controversy. As early as 1890 objections had been raised by the Persian
Post Office to the franking with Indian stamps at Bandar ^Abbas of
letters addressed to places in Persian territory on the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; and
the use of Indian stamps for this purpose has now been forbidden.
In 1904 M. Dambrain, Director-General of Customs and Post
Offices on the Persian Coast, forwarded to the British Indian Postmaster
the cover of an official letter sent him by the British Consul at Bandar
'Abbas through the Indian post office, and claimed payment of postage
on the ground that the letter had been prepaid with Indian instead of
Persian stamps. The claim was referred to the British Legation at
Tehran, but up to 1907 no decision on the point had been reached.
In 1905 the question of the stamps to be used on letters sent abroad
was suddenly raised at Muhammareh. Hitherto letters posted at other
places in Persia and stamped with Persian stamps had been accepted by
the British Indian Post Offices for transmission abroad; but the use of
Indian stamps on foreign letters posted at places where an Indian office
existed had been rigorously insisted on, and by a tacit understanding the
Persian post offices at such places had hitherto declined to receive any
letters for abroad. It was this system which the Persian post office now
sought to upset ; but their demands were resisted by the British diplo
matic and consular authorities in Persia, and in 1907 the matter was still
The question of the parcel post, to which we have not as yet had
occasion to allude, has, since the transfer of the Persian postal system to
the management of the Customs Department, engendered differences
more acrimonious than those arising from the letter post.
r lhe first arrangement for an exchange of parcels between India and
Persia was introduced on the 1st of July 1893. The British Indian and

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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' [‎2458] (975/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 30 November 2023]

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