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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎403] (546/1782)

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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power, which led to irregular warfare and piracy by 'Omanis, beginning
about'lG??. In 1695 the fleet of the Masqat Arabs, as they were then
called by strangers, comprised five considerable vessels carrying 1,500 men;
and in 1715 it consisted of one ship of 71 guns, of two of 60 and of one
of 50, besides IB smaller vessels carrying 82 to 12 guns, and some
Trankis or rowing vessels of 8 to 4 guns,—an imposing naval force with
which the officers of the Imam terrorised the shores of the Indian and
Arabian oceans from Cape Comorin to the Red Sea. The ^Omams
under Sultan-bin-Saif II, seized and temporarily occupied Bahrain about
1718; and along the Arabian coast, about the same time, the authority
of the Imam extended as far to the southward as the Kuna Muna
Islands. , . .
The Ya ; arabi period was disturbed, towards its close, by a contest for and
the succession that paralysed the power of the Imam abroad and gave Ghafvri poli-
birth to the Hinawi and Ghafiri factions at home,—a source of anarchy ^3-28. 0
which none of the later rulers of 'Oman have been able to suppress, and
very few to control, llustaq, the capital under the Ya'aribah, was seized
by the adherents of a youthful pretender to power ; but the ilghtful Imam
was able to maintain himself till his death in the cential district
'Oman, not however without the help of a remarkable partisan leader,
Muhammad-bin-Nasir, of the Miyayihah or Bam Ghafir tribe.^ About
the time of the true Imam's decease, in 17 ~o, Muhammad -bin Nasir
Ruetaq and captured the person of the claimant, in whose name
once proceeded to act against the boy's formei suppoitus , but a &
these a leader, hardly inferior to Muhammad -bin-Nasir himself, had ^
arisen in the person of Khalf-bin-Mubarak, knovsn <is the Dua ,
Shaikh of the Bani Hina. In 1724 a request on the part of Muhamma -
bin-Nasir to be relieved of the guardianship of the young \ a aia
was met in a strange fashion by the elders of Oman, w o e
Muhammad personally to the Imamship; and he, having accep ec ie
charge and made Jabrin in central 'Oman his head quarters,
four years with much vigour. - He conducted successful cam pa 0
almost every part of the country ; reduced marauding Bedouins 0 ^ e
for the first time; pursued the Al YVahibah even into the Ru . '
desert; and had many encounters in different districts with is uuqu
adversary Khalf, who, in the later stages of the war, made . asqa^ ow
his base and held it carefully. Muhammad 's last operations were ag ■
Sohar, which had defied his authority; Khalf marched to t ie re 1L '
besieged garrison; and the final catastrophe, in 1728, was one o r. r
completeness, for both leaders were killed m a complicate ac ion ^ ^

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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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