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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎417] (560/1782)

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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master in the East African trade, and the latter were supposed to keep the
waters of 'Oman free of pirates,—a duty which they could not effectually
perform. By 1775, as we have seen, the Masqat fleet had greatly increased,
and held the sea against the Persians. The Imam maintained a body
guard of African slaves for the defence of Rustaq and a mounted contingent
of free Arabs for service in the open country, besides whom, on exceptional
occasions, he was accustomed to import Jadgal and other mercenaries from
Makran. The troops of the Masqat garrison were armed, at the
time of Niebuhr's visit, with matchlocks, swords and daggers; and the
pay of each man was four rupees a month.
Trade of Masqat under tlie Imam Ahmad.
The trade of Masqat with Basrah furnished cargo, about 1765,
for some 50 vessels (called Trankis) per annum ; and it is interesting to
observe that the mariners of Sur were already well known on account of
the important part which they played in the coffee trade, via Masqat, be
tween Yaman and Turkish 'Iraq. The removal of the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. from
Bandar J Abbas in 1763 was very advantageous to Masqat, which by
1775 had become the principal entrepot of trade between the Persian
Gulf, India and the Red Sea. Exports at Masqat supposed to be
brought from the interior of Arabia were gums, drugs, ostrich feathers,
hides and skinSj honey, bees-wax and live cattle and sheep , and
imports from abroad, for local consumption, were Indian piece goods,
pepper, ginger, rice, tobacco, coffee and sugar, and English cloth, cutlery
and toys. The transit trade embraced all articles of commerce m the
Gulf.
IMAM SA'ID -BIN-AHMAD, 1783.
Sard's election and virtual deposition, 1783.
Hilal, the eldest son of Ahmad, was disqualified by blindness for the
office of Imam, and the choice of the electors fell upon his ^ next br ^ ^
Sa'id,—the same who had played an undignified and passive pait ^
dissensions between the late Imam and his sons Saif and Sultan.
bin-Ahmad was the last genuine elected Imam of Oman, and
last ruler of that country to reside at Rustaq. He eaily eca
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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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