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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎145] (288/1782)

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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joined refused to put to sea. The Shaikh of Bushehr, whom Karim
Khan carlj in J 774 had placed in charge of the negotiations on his part,
consequently found hiitiself unable to effect any settlement. Shortly
befoie this, overtures for naval co-operation had been made on behalf of
Karim Khan both to the British and to the Turks; but the British had
refused to entertain them, and the Turks, though they made fair promises,
were careful to do nothing:.
O
General affairs and British interests during the siege and occupa
tion of Basrah by the Persians, 1775-1779.
At more than one time since the end of 1773 a war between Persia Cause of w*r
and Turkey had been considered imminent; and in March 1775 hosti- iSand
lities were begun by Karim Khan, who sent his brother Sadiq Khan in Turkey -
command of a large force against Basrah. The motives of the Vakil in
declaring war cannot be stated with certainty. The reason which he
himself alleged was the ill-treatment by the Turkish Government of
Persian pilgrims to the Shi'ah shrines in 'Iraq ; but he had also recent
defeats by the Turks in Kurdistan to avenge, and he may have been
influenced besides by a not unnatural desire to extend the frontiers of Persia.
Theie aie also indications of a belief on his part that possession of
Basrah would enable him to reduce 'Oman, of which the trade was
largely with that port, to submission, and to defeat a policy which the
British Agent and Council at Basrah had lately adopted of boycotting
the I ersian Ports and endeavouring to attract all trade to Basrah.
Basrah was invested by the Persians on the 7th of April 1775 and Conduct of
held out gallantly under Sulaiman Agha, the Turkish Mutasallim, until Tndk Cnm.
the 10th of April 1776, when it surrendered. The conduct of Mr. Moore repre-
ii- . . . . _ sentatives and
ana nis associates in connection with the siege, for which event public of the Imam
opinion at Basrah seemed to hold them responsible, was as ill- witl^refereiic#
considered and erratic as might have been expected from their former war
„ , , between the
ueatment or Ivanm Khan They at first gave out that their attitude Persians and
would be strictly neutral, and this would no doubt have been a proper tlieTuik: '-
line of policy to follow ; but no sooner did a Ka'ab fleet appear in the
river to assist the Persian army than they sent cruisers to attaek them;
and for a few days they supported the defence so energetically that the
Mutasallim was encouraged to defy the Persians with what afterwards
appeared to have been unnecessary vehemeoce. On the approach of the

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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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