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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2581] (1098/1262)

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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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colony presided over by a certain Mulla Khair Muhammad, better known
as the " Khalifah Sahib was noted as a circumstance calculated to
assist the Afghan arms trade.
Various practical recommendations as to the best means of securing
the observance of the Karwan agreement were made by Captain
Not long after Captain McConaghey's tour in Persian Makran
reports began to be received from Afghanistan of the arrival of large
consignments of Masqat Martinis in that country. In September and
October weapons of this class were found to be plentiful in Qandahar ;
and proof was obtained of the favourable attitude of the Governor
of that district towards the trade. In November a balance of about 800
of these arms had reached Kabul ; and it was reported that l;000 had
been disposed of en route by the importers, who were Nasirs, in the
Qandahar and Ghazni districts. The cartridges introduced into Afgha
nistan at the same time were estimated at 90,000. Another party of
Nasirs were said to have brought 1,600 Masqat Martinis and 70,000
cartridges into the districts of Qandahar and Ghazni alone ; and it was
stated that His Majesty the Amir had remitted the customs duty on these
importations. In this year considerable quantities of European-made
rifles, said to have been brought from Masqat, were reported to have
appeared in the Afghan districts of Ningrahar and Birmal adjoining the
Indian frontier.
The appointment of a British Vice-Consul to Bam in the spring of
1906 was made partially with a view to ascertain whether anything
could be done from that side, with the help of the Persian authorities
to arrest the flow of arms northwards from the coast of Persian Makran
to Afghanistan. In the following winter (November 1906 to January
1907) Lieutenant G. D. Ogilvie, the first Vice-Consul, made an
extensive tour, in the course of which he travelled 644 miles in 52 days,
visiting Bampur, Fahraj, Magas and Sarbaz, and was hospitably
received by the Akram-us-Saltanehj the Governor of Persian Baluchis
tan. The result of this journey was to show that the route usually
followed by smugglers lay to the east of Bampur, and that the vastness
of the distances and the inhospitable nature of the country made it
impossible to take action against them with any chance of success. An
additional, and in itself sufficient, reason for not expecting any result
from energy expended in this quarter was the weakness of the local
administration, for the Persian officials were unable to obtain information
of the approach of caravans and, with a force of only 400 inefficient
troops at their disposal, they naturally shrunk from conflicts with the
smugglers, who moved in large and heavily armed gangs. The sympathy
of the local chiefs and of the populace, who were found to be well
provided with every kind of modern firearm, lay with the smugglers ;
and they would do nothing to facilitate the arrest of the latter. In
Lieutenant Ogilvie's opinion, restraint, in order to be effective, must be
applied at the coast and not in the interior.
Receipt of
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.
arms and am
munition in
September to
Tour of
Ogilrie from
Bam to Bam-
pur, Magas
and Sarbaz,
1906 to Jan
uary 1907.
1 HI

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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' [‎2581] (1098/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2023]

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