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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎85] (228/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English. 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.

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Terrible disorders followed the death of Nadir Shah, and in these Anarchy, and
hot only his descendants, but also the Afghans, the Qajars, the Bakh-
tiyaris and a rising individual named Karim Khan, played a part. Karim
Khan was a Kurd and belonged to a family, known as Zand, of an
obscure shepheid tiibe, Uie first to succeed T^adir Shah was his nephew
Ali, who assumed the name of Adil Shah and signalised his accession
by putting to death 13 sons and grandsons of Nadir, sparing however
Shah Rukh, a son of Riza Quli Khan. ""Adil Shah was soon over
thrown and blinded by his brother Ibrahim, who was himself almost
immediately assassinated^ and after him ^Adil Shah too was slain. Shah
Rukh, whose mother was a daughter of the Safavi monarch Shah Husain,
ntxt ascended the throne, but he was quickly seized and deprived of sight
b} a usurper named Saiyid Muhammad or Sulaiman, who in his turn was
put to death in 1750; and Shah Rukh was then restored, but only to be
once more deposed and imprisoned.
About this time the power of an Afghan, Ahmad Shah, Abdali, who
had possessed himself of Qandahar and who before long made himself
master of Mashhad also, began to be felt in Persia; and simultaneously a
movement took place in the south-west of that country, where ^Ali
Mardan Khan, chief of the Bakhtiyaris, and Karim Khan, Zand,
combined to raise a Safavi to the throne in the person of Shah Isma'il,
sou of a sister of the late Shah Husain. Ahmad Shah, Abdali, captured
Shiraz in 1750 ,* but, being opposed by the Qajars of Mazandaran in the
north, he did not attempt to make good his conquests in Persia, and, after
placing the blind Shah Rukh in possession of Khurasan with Mashhad
as his capital, he again retired to Afghanistan.
In 1752-53 the whole country was a prey to anarchy; its subjuga
tion by Ahmad Shah, Abdali, was momentarily expected; and gangs of
Afghans and lawless Persians appeared in the neighbourhood of Bandar
; Abbas. A split occurred between 'Ali Mardan Khan and Karim Khan;
the former was assassinated; and Karim Khan obtained undivided
control of the puppet Shah, Isma/il, in whose name he governed Shiraz
with the title of Vakil.
After this Azad or Asad Khan, an Afghan who had seized Azarbaijan,
defeated Karim Khan in the field; and in 1758 this adventurer
obtained Isfahan, of which in 1755 he still held possession. Continuing
his operations he obliged Karim Khan in 1756 to abandon even Shiraz
and to take refuge in the mountains of Fars; but not long afterwards the
Vakil engaged him successfully at the defile of Kumarij, between Shiraz
and the coast, and recovered Shiraz. In 1758 Azad Khan was living at
rise of Karim
Khan, 1747-
63.

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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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