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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2480] (997/1262)

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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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obtained from the Qasimi Shaikh o£ Sharjah, authorising the detention
and search of vessels belonging to his subjects, when suspected of
carrying off: or embarking slaves, and the confiscation of the same on
proof of slaves having been carried off or embarked. Similar agree
ments were signed also by the Shaikhs of ^Ajman, Dibai and Abu
Dhabi, but not, apparently, by the Shaikh of Umm-al-Qaiwain.
Agreement I n the following year this Agreement was remodelled so as t 0
of 1839. authorise the detention and search of suspected, and the confiscation of
guilty vessels and their cargo by British cruisers, only if found outside a
restrictive line running from Cape Delgado to a point two degrees
seaward of Soqotrah and thence to Gwadar Head; and confiscation was
not to be enforced if the line had been crossed under stress of weather
or otherwise involuntarily. It was added, this being a result of inqui
ries to which the reports regarding the enslavement of Somalis had given
rise, that Somalis were e ' Hurr " or free, and that traffic in Somali slaves
should therefore, after the expiry of four months, be punished as piracy.
The modified Agreement of 1839, was executed by the Shaikh of Abu
Dhabi on the 1st of July 1839, by the Shaikhs of Dibai and Umm-al-
Qaiwain on the 2nd, and by the Shaikh of Sharjah on the 3rd of the
same month. Apparently no Agreement was secured, on this
occasion, from the Shaikh of ^Ajman. The Resident in the Persian
Gulf, Captain Hennell, was warmly commended by the Governor-
General of India in Council for obtaining these A greements, which,
it was believed, would make possible the extinction of the African slave
trade upon the coasts of India.
Agreement of l n 1847 a further and more stringent Agreement was obtained
1847. from the five Trucial Shaikhs, whereby they engaged to prohibit the
exportation of slaves from any place whatever on board vessels belong
ing to themselves and their subjects, and consented to the detention and
search, and—in case of guilt —to the confiscation, of such vessels by
British cruisers. The new Agreement was signed by the Shaikhs at
various dates in April and May of 1847, and it took effect from the
10th of December of the same year.
Act of the To enable British officers and ships to take action upon the
1st August Agreement of 1847 an Act (12 and 13 Vic., Cap. LXXXIV), dated
1st August 1849, was passed ; its terms resembled those of the Acts of
1848 and 1853 relating to Masqat and Sohar.
Engagement To further the objects of the Agreement of 1847 a fresh Engage-
of 1856. m ent was secured in 1856 from each of the Trucial Shaikhs, by which
the signatories bound themselves to seize and deliver up to the British
authorities any slaves who might be shown to have been brought into
their territories or into places subject to their authority, also to place
an embargo on any boat which might have been used in the commission
of a slaving offence and to hold it at the disposal of the British Political
Assurances of In 1873 assurances of adherence to existing agreements in respect
1873. 0 £ s i ave trade were furnished by the Shaikhs of Sharjah and Abu

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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' [‎2480] (997/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2023]

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