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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎374] (517/1782)

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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Britain and The attention of the British authorities was necessarily engaged, from
Jibal pro- an ear ly stage of the strategical discussion, by the great inlets of the Ruus-
montory. al-Jibal headland. The question of pract ical measures was in this instance
complicated by an uncertainty, not finally dispelled until 1905, as to the
political status of the territories concerned and the action taken was in
consequence not free from inconsistency.
The principal indentation in lluus-al-Jibal is Khor-ash-Sham or Elphin-
stone Inlet, which opens into the peninsula from 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 is
divided from Malcolm Inlet, a corresponding arm of the Gulf of 'Oman,
only by a slender isthmus known as Maqlab. From 1864 until 1868,
under the Masqat telegraph conventions of 18G4 and 1865, a land line of
the Indo-European Telegraph Department had traversed the isthmus of
Maqlab and a British telegraph station had existed upon a small island in
Khor-ash-Sham. In 1902 it was regarded by the Government of India as
uncertain whether the Ruus-al-Jibal tract pertained to the Sultanate of
Masqat or was connected with Trucial 'Oman, and whether its rude inhabit
ants, the Shihuh and Dhahuriyin, were legally as well as virtually
autonomous. If Kuus-al-Jibal were a part of the Sultan of 'Oman's
dominions, it must be treated as subject to the Anglo-French Declaration
of 1862 and action by Great Britain inconsistent with that declaration must
be avoided ; if^ on the other hand, it belonged to one or more of the Trucial
Shaikhs, or were completely independent, the British Government would
be free to take such steps as they wished without risk of international
complications.
The first recommendations of the Government of India, made in 1902,
weie compatible with all possible views as to the ownership of Ruus-al-Jibal.
They weie that Telegraph Islet in Khor-ash-Sham should be re-occupied,
the British flag being hoisted and a Native Agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. stationed there as at
Basidu, and that the strip of littoral from Dibah to Khor Kalba on the
eastern side of the'Oman promontory should be recognised by the British
Government as a dependency of Sharjah, and therefore as subject to the
agreements existing between the Shaikh of Sharjah and the British
Government. Both recommendations were accepted by His Majesty's
Government.
In 1904, shortly after Lord Ciirzon's cruise 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
examination of the various inlets of Ruus-al-Jibal, the Government of
India, who at this time inclined to the view that the district did not belong
to the Sultan of 'Oman, suggested that, under arrangements with the
neighbouring tribes, flagstaffs should be planted on the Maqlab isthmus
and on Ghanam Island as well as on Telegraph Islet, the British flag be
ing hoisted on them when required. The proposal was in the first instance

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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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