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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2514] (1031/1262)

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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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leading tribal chiefs in Bahrain the written agreement which they had
volunteered to hand to the Shaikh in 1895, to the effect that they would
not buy, sell or give away slaves ; but the chiefs were not amenable to
persuasion, and the endeavour had to be abandoned. It will be remem
bered that, in Bahrain, it has been the custom for more than ten years
to exact a written guarantee of good treatment from every owner to
whom a fugitive slave is unavoidably restored.
In 1905 it was reported by the Consul at Bandar 'Abbas that,
during the preceding year, slaves had frequently sought protection at the
Consulate because their masters wished to sell them to strangers:
this appears to be principal grievance of domestic slaves in Persia, cor
responding to the objection against being sent to sea which prevails
among those upon the Arabian side. Parents and relations were, it was
stated, selling children into slavery on account of the scarcity then
generally prevailing. The report referred, perhaps, chiefly to the country
eastward of Bandar'Abbas.
General results of the British anti-slavery policy in the Persian
It cannot be questioned that the results of the policy pursued by
Great Britain in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. have been highly beneficial. The
importation of slaves by sea, whether from abroad or from one country
of the Gulf into another, has been greatly restricted; and, in this branch
of the trade, slaves are now smuggled with difficulty in small numbers
instead of being, as formerly, conveyed openly in large cargoes. Domestic
slavery has been greatly mitigated in the 'Oman Sultanate and in
Bahrain by arrangements for the manumission of domestic slaves by the
British Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , in the former principality with the concurrence
of the Sultan and in the latter virtually without the consent of the
Shaikh; and domestic slaves are, in special circumstances, protected
at British telegraph stations in Persia. The actual^ number of the
slaves emancipated is obviously a most inadequate criterion of the goo ^
effected ; but the figures are of interest and are given below, so tai
as ascertainable.
Number of slaves cap
tured at sea and
Number of fugitive, *
recently imported, or
domestic slaves released.
■ *
" Fugitive " here means " taking refuge on board a British vessel or at .Dasiau.
t This figure is manifestly incomplete, for between 1st May and 31st October 1858
at least 24 emancipated slaves passed through Basidu.
:1 Witi

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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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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' [‎2514] (1031/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 June 2024]

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