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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2508] (1025/1262)

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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 neighbourhood of a small trade in slaves, managed with great secrecy
and care. At the present day, so far as can be ascertained, the importa
tion of slaves by sea into the Basrah Wilayat has fallen to negligeable
Local history of the slave trade in 'Arabistan^ 1873-1907.
The attention of the Government of India has not, apparently, ever
been drawn to any importation of slaves into ^Arabistan.
Local history of the slave trade on the coast of Fars and at the
Gulf Ports, 1873-1907.
1876-77. In 1876 or 1877 it was reported that slaves were being introduced
into Persian territory through Qishm and Bandar 'Abbas, but the local
Persian authorities declined to discuss the matter. The a Rokeby"
case at Bushehr in 1877 has already been described above ; and here it
may be added that, though it was clear that other slaves besides the
boy recovered through the Karguzar had been landed from the steamer,
the Persian authorities took no action upon very definite information
which was supplied to them by the British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . The remissness
of the Persian officials at Bandar 'Abbas and Bushehr having been
reported to the British Legation at Tehran, a special Commissioner was
nominated by the Persian Government to enquire into their conduct;
but nothing seems to have resulted from this measure.
1881-82. In 1881 it was discovered that some Indian lads had been sold as
slaves at Shiraz by Persian horse dealers, and action was taken by the
British Legation at Tehran; in the result one of the slaves was recovered
and several of the dealers were punished. In the following year another
Indian boy was rescued from slavery at Shiraz.
1884. I n 1884 three Africans, residing in the British settlement of Basidu,
were kidnapped near Lingeh; but the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at the latter
place succeeded in obtaining their release through the Shaikh of
1888, In September 1888 information was received that seven fresh
African slaves from Sur had been imported at Lingeh, and efforts were
made by the British authorities to secure the release of the slaves and the
punishment of those concerned in their importation ; but the action and
attitude of the local Persian officials completely frustrated their endea
vours in both respects. Curiously enough, however,, the Dallal who
imported the slaves died from the sting of a hornet immediately after
the institution of enquiries. Subsequently the Governor of the Gulf

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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' [‎2508] (1025/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 July 2024]

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