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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2636] (1153/1262)

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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 a series of native dances on the shore in front of the British Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ;
these were maintained until darkness fell by 20 or 30 bands of dancers in
grotesque costumes and quaint disguises.
LordCurzons On his visit to Masqat^ in its political aspect, Lord Curzon subse-
reporfc on his quently reported as follows to His Majesty^s Government:—
visit to Mas
His Higlmess the Sultan on all these occasions conducted himself with simpli
city and dignity, his demeanour wab that of a loyal feudatory of the British^ Grown
rather than of an independent sovereign, and it is clear that he trusts implicitly to
the British Power for support and protection. He did not plead for any further
engagements, nor did he seek to extract any fresh pledge. The situation and its
surroundings were evidently sufficient in his eyes to confirm him in reliance upon our
friendship, and in an attitude of deference to our wishes, which is not only of good
omen for the future, but which reflects the greatest credit upon Major Cox, the Political
Agent whom I appointed to Masqat in 1899, and who in little more than four years
has converted the ruler from feelings of suspicion, if not of direct hostility, to those of
confidence and regard. On the other hand, in proportion as the desire of the Sultan
to range himseU goto speak, alongside of the Indian Princes jn their relations to the
British Crown was made manifest, so did the incongruity of his international position
become more apparent: while the contradiction between the actual state of affairs —
with a ruler, a people, and a trade almost entirely dependent upon ourselves—and^ the
theoretical status, under which France, represented only by a Consul, with no subjects,
and next to no trade, enjoys a treaty equality with Great Britain—was such as to
emphasize the desirability of terminating with as little delay as possible a situation so
anomalous and it might almost be said so grotesque.
Examination of the Ruus-al-Jibal coast, 20th November.
Early on the morning after leaving Masqat, the squadron came
sight of the Ruus-al-Jibal headland; and the whole day was devoted by
the Viceroy and the Naval Commander-in-Chief to an exploration, in the
" Hardinge", of its more important and interesting inlets. On the eastern
side of the promontory the " Hardinge ■" penetrated to the head of Grhubbat
Ghazirah or Malcolm Inlet; in passing from the Gulf of ^Oman to that of
Persia she made use of the famous Jb'akk-al-Asad strait, between Musandam
island and the mainland; on her way down the western side of the peninsula
she steamed slowly through the Khor Quwai channel under the shelter
of Ghanam Island; and at length, early in the afternoon, she entered
Khor-ash-Sham, passed Telegraph Islet on which the plinth of the old
telegraph station was still visible, and anchored opposite the village of Sibi
near the head of the inlet. Here Lord Curzon went ashore and ascended
with a few members of his staff to the summit of the Maqlab isthmus
near the point where the telegraph line formerly crossed it; from this place
a fine view was obtained of the Malcolm and Elphinstone Inlets and of
the surrounding mountains. In the evening the " Hardjnge " dropped
down Khor-ash-Sham and re-entered the open sea.
The results of this day's work were subsequently placed by Lord Curzon
before His Majesty^s Government in connection with the question of a
British naval base in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. *
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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' [‎2636] (1153/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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