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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎463] (606/1782)

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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India; and we have already seen how in 1809 the Indian Government
associated the Saiyid with themselves in their first decided effort to
extirpate the buccaneers 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. and, indirectly, to intimidate
the Wahhabis. From the time of the first Ras-al-Khaimah expedition
onwards, Britain was the only European Power interested in the Saiyid^s
Arabian and Persian affairs ; the transactions of the ruler of ^Oman
with other great nations related almost exclusively to his African
possessions. The policy of the British Indian Government towards
^Oman from 1810 to 1818 was, as our relation of events has shown,
friendly yet, in what concerned the Wahhabi power, reserved; and in
,1826, a discussion of the point having been raised by Saiyid Sa'id, it
was expressly held by the Government of India that the treaties of 1798
and IBOi', while they implied strict friendship, did not constitute an
offensive and defensive alliance against all enemies between the states of
Great Britain and "Oman. The Saiyid was not assisted by Britain to
repel the frightful incursions which the Wahhabis made on his territories
between 1810 and 1813 in retaliation for the part he had taken in the
expedition against Ras-al-Khaimah; nor was he encouraged in his
attempts, from 1814 to 181(), to restore an anti-Wahhabi chief to
authority over the Qawasim. In 1819, however, during a temporary
eclipse of the Wahhabi power, the Government of India launched their
second and very successful expedition against the piratical Qawasim j
and no one reaped greater or most lasting benefit from the operations
than the Saiyid, who was thus compensated for much of what he had
previously suffered by reason of his connection with the British.
Here we may notice a curious isolated episode in the history of J Oman, First Bani
in which the British and Saiyid Sa'id were jointly concerned. In 1820, jjtioa, 1820.
the Bam Bu "Ali tribe of the Ja'alan district having been charged with
complicity in certain piratical proceedings. Captain Thompson,t the
British Political Officer at Qtishm, was authorised by Government to take
suitable action against them, after satisfying himself of their guilt. After
this a messenger —apparently the Shaikh of Ras-al-Hadd, who had been
sent with a letter to the chiefs of the tribe—was murdered on the beach at
Lashkharah; and Captain Thompson, on his own responsibility, decided
# For fuller accounts of the two Bani Bu 'Ali expeditions see Bombay Selections,
XXIV, pages 189—191 ; Saldanha's (1801 -53), pages 12/ 128; Mignan s
Winter Journey, II, pages 248 —271 ; Low's Indian Navy, 1, pages 270—274 and
?80—385 ; and Badger's Imams and Seyyids, pages 338 — 345. Mignan s .ccount, as
that of an eye-witness of the second operations, is the most interesting.
tAn account of the very remarkable career of Captain (afterwards General)
Perronet Thompson will be found in Low's Indian Navy, I» P a o e 381 (footnote). Jn
1820 he was an officer in His Majesty's 17th Light Dragoons

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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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