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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2545] (1062/1262)

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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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On the 2nd of February 1897 the Board of Health at Constantinople^ Designs in
reverting to the proposals of 1894^ decided to establish posts at Kuwait Bahrain and
and Qatif and in Bahrain and Qatar; but the greater part of the
scheme was successfully resisted by the British delegate^ who stated that
Kuwait was an independent Shaikhdom^ that Bahrain was an indepen
dent principality under British protection, and that Qatar was not
recognised by His Majesty^s Government to be Turkish possession.
The proposals of the Board were carried into effect only at Kuwait
and Qatif, at each of which places one propose and one garde were an( j
stationed. The post at Kuwait had a brief existence only, viz., from April
1897 till September 1901 when the prepose was withdrawn and was
not replaced; and even during his presence it was admitted that " his
role was purely platonic and his action nil "
The Board also decided that ships from infected ports arriving on Proceedings
the coast of Hasa should be repulsed to Basrah,—a resolution very
disconcerting to the local Turkish authorities in Hasa who feared that
scarcity and rebellion would be the result; in the end, as a concession
to the objections of the Turkish executive, a lazaret was by order of the
Board established at 'Oqair. It was opened in March 1897, but it never
served any useful purpose, and in six months"' time it had disappeared ;
in the interval two of the staff had died, one had deserted, and the
doctor with the remaining garde had withdrawn on his own responsibility
to Basrah.
The Board of Health also created about this time a skeleton organisa- Commissions
tion for the sanitary control of the whole Gulf. It consisted of a Board
Commission at Basrah and of two flying Commissions for the eastern and ® 90 ^ ea '
western shores of the Gulf respectively; the two flying Commissions,
which visited the most important points on both littorals and collected a
quantity of useful information, appear to have been headed by Drs.
Camposampiero and Izzedine whose reports are mentioned in the footnote
at the beginning of this Appendix.
On the 12th of February 1897 the quarantine at Basrah against Changes in
passengers from India was increased from 10 to 15 days, but about the a
middle of March it was reduced to 12 days. At the beginning of July February to
there was another change, the quarantine at Basrah against the ports of August
the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. being reduced to five days ; and again, at the end of the 1897.
month, this quarantine was further reduced or temporarily abolished, and
the entrance of pilgrims and corpses from Persia, which had been prohi
bited, was again permitted. On the 5th of August quarantine against
India was lowered to 10 days, the period being still calculated (as it always
had been) from the time of arrival at Basrah, not from that of departure
from India.
After this matters seem to have remained unchanged until 1899, on Designs in
the Uth of April in which year the Turkish Governor of Hasa, m an Bahrain
official report, revived the proposal to establish a quarantine station in '
Bahrain; Bahrain was, of course, assumed to be Turkish possession, and
the maintenance of quarantine in Hasa against Bahrain was strongly
deprecated for very cogent reasons. The scheme, however, was thrown
out at the instance of the British delegate on the Board of Health, who

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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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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2545] (1062/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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