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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2534] (1051/1262)

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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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measures of
the Govern
ment of
India, 1876.
Action was taken by the Government of India also in connection witla
this epidemic of plague^ bnt it was not spontaneous. In 1876 they
imposed at Karachi^ Bombay^ and Aden a strict quarantine of 15 days
(reckoned from the time of leaving the last infected port or from the last
case of plague on board) against arrivals from the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ; but
mail steamers were exempted unless plague had actually occurred on board.
The object of the measure was simply to avoid the application to Indian
vessels at Suez^ of a 15 days^ quarantine which would otherwise have been
enforced by the Egyptian Government. A suggestion by Dr. Colvill^
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. Surgeon at Baghdad^ that vessels bound for India
should be detained in quarantine at the mouth of the Persian G ul£ was
negatived by the Government of India ; but, in view of recent interna
tional projects in a converse sense, the fact that it should have been made
is interesting.
Proposed Vienna Plague Conference, 1877.
In 1877 an International Commission of Inquiry, in the form of a
Medical Commission to visit the spot, was proposed by Austria for the
purpose of studying bubonic plague in Turkish 3 Iraq. The preliminary
meeting of the Commission should have taken place at Vienna on the
20th of April 1877, and the British Government were about to appoint
Dr. Colvill their representative, but difficulties connected with the
personnel of the Commission arose, and the Conference was postponed sine
die by the Austro-Hungarian Government,
Plague in the Persian GuH 1877-1894.
JEpidemic in
'Iraq, 1881.
Epidemic in
'Iraq, 1892.
In 1881 plague revisited Turkish •'Iraq and was sufficiently severe
to carry off, it is said, half of the inhabitants of the town of Najaf.
Again in 1892^ the disease made its appearance in Turkish ''Iraq, be
ginning apparently at Nasiriyah on the Euphrates, and spreading thence
to Basrah and from Basrah to Baghdad. Four hundred deaths from
plague are said to have occurred at Basrah on the worst day of this
Great epidemic outbreak of plague, 1894-1907.
The year 1894 marked the beginning of a new era in the sanitary
history of Asia. In May 1894 bubonic plague appeared in a virulent
form at Hong Kong, imported probably from Yunnan in China, where
according to some accounts it is endemic. In 1896 the disease declared

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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' [‎2534] (1051/1262), 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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