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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2605] (1122/1262)

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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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Persian Government with the Royal Indian Marine dockyard at
Bombay ; and in June 1906 two of them had been completed and were
ready for delivery after the monsoon.
In 1902 the Imperial Persian Customs received charge of the Persian Post Office
postal system throughout the country; and in March 1904 they were and Trea-
entrusted with the control of all treasuries and with the payment of s ^ r ^ s Pj ace( l
official salaries^ etc.^ therefrom^ subject to proper administrative sanction, imperial 0
In April 1904 M. Dambrain^ Director-General of the Customs of the Persian
Souths was received at Lingeh and Bandar ^Abbas with salutes of 7 Customs,
guns^—an incontestable mark of the prestige that now attached to 1902-04.
his office.
Aggressive conduct of the Imperial Persian Customs, 1904.
In 1904 the Imperial Persian Customs^ partly at the instigation of
the Persian Minister for Foreign Affairs,, who was believed to be acting
on the advice of the Russian representative at Tehran^ and partly
impelled -by professional zeal, embarked on a course of meddlesome
activity that nearly provoked a political crisis.
In the spring of 1904^ as related in the history of Trucial ^Oman, Jurisdiction
they established posts on the Arab islands of Bu Musa and Tunb, where asserted over
they lowered the Arab flag; and their occupation was only brought to B^ Musa,
an end by British threats of forcible intervention. An attempt^ noticed Timb an ^
in the history of the Persian Coast^ was made about the same time to Shri.
enforce complete control over the island of Sirri; but the opposition of
Great Britain^ by whom the claim of Persia to the island was not
admitted, prevented the establishment there of a regular customs post.
In the course of the summer of 1904, a sustained effort was made Attempt to
by the Department to obtain control of the sanitary administration of oust British
the Persian Coast, especially at Bushehr, by gradually encroaching on s c a 0 n n ^ a 0 1 1 y 0n
the authority of the British officers employed in the Persian sanitary * the pe rs ian
service; but this endeavour, which is described in another Appendix, Coast,
was frustrated by British diplomacy.
In September 1904, as related in the histories of 'Arabistan and Interference
Kuwait, to the alarm of the Shaikh of Muhammareh, who considered
his executive authority to be invaded, and to the annoyance of the ryingarrag>
people of Kuwait, who were the principal sufferers, the Mozafter was
posted at the mouth of the Shatt-al-'Arab and began to search vessels
for rifles and ammunition and to seize those possessing any, even for
self-defence against pirates ; the methods employed were so vexatious
that the Government of India were constrained to protest against them.
Towards the end of 1904 a customs post was established on H^iijam EsUblkh-
Island, apparently as a counter-move to the reopening of the British custo gt
telegraph station there. This step it was clearly withm the rights of on Hanj , m<
the Persian Government to take; but much opposition on the part of
the Arab inhabitants of the island was provoked, and the local situation
continued critical until 1905.
~ # gee the Appendix on Epidemics and Sanitary Organisation, page 2517,

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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' [‎2605] (1122/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 5 December 2023]

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