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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2543] (1060/1262)

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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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Hanjam and other sites: the principal object of the mission was to
acquire data independent of those obtained by M. Faivre. Dr. Theodore
Thomson^ Medical Adviser to the Local Government Board, who was
selected to carry out this mission, arrived in the Gulf in February 1906
and remained there for a month on tour, the H.I.M.S. a Lawrence
being placed at his disposal by the British Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. .
The conclusion^ at which Dr. Thomson arrived, and which he
embodied in his report, were entirely unfavourable to the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.
scheme of the Paris Conference. He pointed out that native sailing boats,
which being able to approach the shore are more dangerous as carriers
of infection than steamers, would avoid a sanitary station at the entrance
of the Gulf and, after they had passed it, would be safe from de
tection : in his opinion therefore the system proposed was even to be
deprecated, as it would induce the masters of native vessels which had
avoided the station and on which disease existed to conceal the facts
after arrival at their port of destination. Dr. Thomson also remarked
that, in case of plague or cholera obtaining a foothold, as had already
mo v e than once happened inside the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , it would apparently
be necessary under the scheme to require vessels from the infected
ports to call either at the sentinel station " near the mouth of the
Gulf or at Basrah, and that the enforcement of such an obligation
in practice would be utterly impossible. The proposed system,^ he
observed, would be more severe than that established in the Red Sea,
where there was no general a sentinel station at the entrance ; and,
in consequence of the detention of vessels and of their deflection from
their course, would be prejudicial 10 commerce, especially to that carried
on by sailing ships.
In case, however, a station at the mouth of the Gulf should be
insisted on as necessary. Dr. Thomson was inclined to recommend
Hani am as the site for the same, partly because of the superior
anchorage there, and partly because of the slight deviation (10 miles)
from their natural route to which steamers would be subjected.
Dr Thomson's own recommendations were that attention should be
chiefly' concentrated on the Kuwait-Basrah-Muhammareh line round the
head of the Gulf, a fully equipped sanitary station being maintained at
each of those places, and that Bushehr and Bandar Abbas on the
Persian Coast should be similarly treated; from the standpoint of the
security of Europe, he considered, Bahrain and the places on the Arabian
coast south of Kuwait might be neglected.
Plague and Cholera preventive measures in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ,
We may now take a brief retrospect of the prophylactic measures
adopted since 1896 by the countries surrounding the Persian Gult,
and' we shall find that they fall under two categories, viz., those

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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' [‎2543] (1060/1262), 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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