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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎363] (506/1782)

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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British Government would protect Muhammareh from naval attack by a
foreign power, and would afford him their general good offices and support,
so long as he continued loyal to the Shah/s Government and conformed to
such advice as might be given him by Britain. The British Minister also
entered into communication with the Persian Government on the subject of
Southern 'Arabistan and intimated to them that Britain, while she fully
recognised the sovereignty of Persia over Muhammareh and its dependen
cies, could not regard with indifference any political changes there which
might prejudicially affect British interests or afford foreign powers an
opportunity of interfering in local affairs. A satisfactory reply was
received, at the beginning of 1 903, from the Persian Government; and a
little later the favourable arrangements arrived at in regard to the
'Arabistan customs was made public, the Shaikh's chief anxiety being at
the same time set at rest by a formal grant to him and his subjects from
the Shah, in proprietary right, of the districts of Muhammareh, Pallalnyeh
and Hindiyan, of which he had feared that he and they might be arbitrarily
deprived by the Government. Renewed apprehensions on the part of
the Shaikh were relieved at the end of 190o by fresh assurances f'-jin His
Britannic Majesty's Minister in Persia, who had then lately visited
Muhammareh.
The attitude of Russia during the contest, thus happilyJeoncluded, had Russian
been consistently adverse to the Shaikh. In 1899, not long after the visit P 0 ^-7
of the " Gilyak " to the Shatt-al-'Arab, the Russian Consul-General at
Isfahan had come to Muhammareh and endeavoured to intimidate the
Shaikh, whom he informed that Russia was about to acquire a port 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. and would enter into political competition with Britain in
that part of the world. In 1902 the Russian representative at Tehran had
actively supported the displacement of the Shaikh by the Belgian customs
administration, and during the progress of the negotiations at the capital
the Shaikh's agent there had been bullied by the Russians to such an
extent as to cause fears of his master's" succumbing entirely to Russian
iniiuence,—a prospect which was the immediate reason of the important
assurance given by Britain at the close of that year. A Russian Consular
Agent was appointed in 'Arabistan in 1902 in the person of a Dutch
merchant at Nasiri (Ahwaz). In 1904 Russian travellers made a tour
in Southern 'Arabistan, a Russian decoration was conferred on the Shaikh
through the Russian Consul-General at Bushehr, and a Russian trade
commissioner visited Muhammareh and the Karun ; but Russian policy in
'Arabistan had by this time been decisively checked.
The Shaikh's relations with Turkey, in which country he had great The Shaikh
possessions on the western bank of the Shatt-al-'Arab, were characterised aml Turke y'
by dignity and reserve; they were not entirely friendly.

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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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