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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2539] (1056/1262)

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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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In May, the month in which it died out at Masqat, plague was
found to exist on the island of Qishm; but still none was present in
Turkish 'Iraq, though a second steamer on which plague had occurred
during the voyage from India had arrived at Basrah in February, and
a third, the " King Arthur/' in May 1900.
In April and May of 1901, however, a few cases of plague, ten of
which were fatal, occurred at Basrah ; and in May 1901 and January
1902 small outbreaks took place at Baghdad.
In March 1903 two steamers arrived at Basrah on which deaths from
plague had recently occurred, but the port remained unaffected; in
April lind May, however, an outbreak at Masa^idah in the Zubair Qadha,
not far from ''Amarah on the Tigris, was accountable for the deaths of
some 40 persons. In April 1903 a mild epidemic of plague was said
to have occurred in the Turkish Sanjaq of Hasa; and in May and June
a smart outbreak took place in the Bahrain islands, off the Hasa
coast, which is supposed to have claimed some 300 victims out of
about twice that number of persons attacked.
In May and June 1904 plague was present at Lingeh on the Persian
coast, 146 cases being reported, and was carried from there into Lar;
but the resulting mortality in that district is unknown. The disease
suddenly disappeared on the arrival of an epidemic of cholera in the
same neighbourhood.
The only other outbreak of plague in the Gulf remaining to be
recorded is one in Bahrain, which continued from the beginning of May
to the end of June 1905. This epidemic was practically confined to the
towns of Manamah and Muharraq, in each of which about 400 cases
—half of them fatal—occurred j but there were also a few cases on
board the fleets then engaged in pearling operations upon the banks of
the Arabian side.
Plague and Cholera Conference at Paris, 1903.
Meanwhile the problem of preventing the ingress of Asiatic epidemic
diseases had been discussed once more in Europe. The scope of the
Paris Conference of 1903 was more ample than that of its predecessors,
and its work included not only the revision and completion of the
Conventions already in force " but also a the definition, under one single
agreement, of the measures necessary for safeguarding the public health
against the invasion and propagation of both plague and cholera/' At
this Conference all the principal countries of the civilised world were
represented, among them Great Britain, Turkey, and Persia ; and Egypt
for the first time took an independent part in the proceedings. The
points considered by the Conference were partly of a technical and
partly of an administrative order, and a number of them which had no
bearing on the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. fall beyond our scope.
On the technical side a notable relaxation was made in the defini
tion of vessels a infected" with and "suspected" of plague, none
'Iraq, Hasa
and Bahrain,
Lingeh and
Lar, 1904.
Bahrain and
the pearl
fleets, 1906.
results 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:

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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' [‎2539] (1056/1262), 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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