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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎413] (556/1782)

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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piled up in the streets,—unsheltered from the elements, but safe from
plunder under the protection of the Imam's excellent police. It was
reported that the Imam intended, in case Basrah fell, to despatch a
Saiyid, accompanied by the Mughal Envoy at Masqat, to the Vakil to
solicit peace and promise payment of an annual tribute ; and Karim Khan,
when Basrah was at length taken in 1776, called for a report as to the
possibility of operating from thence by land against 'Oman; but no
decisive step was taken upon either side. The Shaikh of Hormuz, under
orders from the Vakil, was by this time waging maritime war against
the Imam, and in the summer of 1776 he seized a vessel belonging to his
own subjects which was laden with merchandise from Masqat for Bushehr
and Bahrain; but in November 1778 he was kidnapped by treachery, or
otherwise seized, and carried off to Masqat in an ^Omani vessel. In the
tollowing year, however, he was again at liberty. The death of Karim
Khan ir 1779 destroyed, for the time being, the influence of Persia 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 increased the consequence of "'Oman and the other
mariiime Arab states, which it left in undisputed possession of that sea.
Relations with Turkey, 1744-83.
On the occasion of the siege of Basrah by the Persians in 1775-76,
an expedition was, as we have seen, prepared by the Imam for the
assistance of the Turks, who had lately refused to make common cause
with his enemies ; and it was instrumental in retarding for a time the
surrender of the town. The operations of this fleet at the mouth of the
Shatt-al-'Arab are described in the history of Turkish 'Iraq. It is stated
that encouragement to withhold tribute from Persia, held out to the
'Omanis by the Turks, was one of the considerations which decided Karim
Khan to send his troops against Basrah; but the natural disposition
of the 'Omani ruler, in these circumstances, to side with the Porte appears
to have been further stimulated by the promise of a Turkish subsidy
The trade of Masqat, at this time, was to a very large extent with Turkish
Iraq, the annual visit of the 'Omani coffee fleet " in particular being
an important event at Basrah ; and in 1791 the Turks were drawn into
hostilities with the Ka'ab tribe in consequence of an attack by the lattoi
on 'Omani vessels in the Shatt-al-'Arab.
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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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