'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (632/1782)
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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and instructed not to correspond directly with the Government of Bombay
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In November 1869 the Government of India instructed Colonel Pelly Discussions
to make careful local inquiries regarding the stability of ' Azzan's posi- official re-
tion in order that the question of his recognition as Sultan of ^Oman might cognition of
.... 'Aztan by
be decided. It was felt that the non-admission of his claims reacted the British
unfavourably on the British position in 'Oman; but the case of Salim had
shown what embarrassment might result from the premature recognition
of an insecurely established ruler. The undesirability of a Wahhabi
conquest of 'Oman, whence Wahhabi influence might radiate to India,
was clearly perceived ; but it was thought that the mere recognition
of ; Azzan, while irritating to the Wahhabi Amir, would do little to
strengthen 'Azzan's position vis a vis of that potentate. Eventually the
Government of India inclined to disregard the standing danger of a
Wahhabi attack and to acknowledge the Sultanate of 'Azzaii, provided
that his power were shown to be well-established in his own dominions ;
but in February 1870 the imminence, as was supposed, of an actual
Wahhabi invasion caused them to postpone their decision. A few days
later, however, apprehension of the Wahhabis being still at its height,
they directed Colonel Pelly (then at Calcutta) to proceed to the Persian
Gulf with all convenient speed and there formally recognise 'Azzan, if in his
opinion such a step should appear to be expedient; in case, however, of
his deciding in favour of recognition, he was to reserve foi future
settlement all questions of detail, such as the maintenance of foimei
treaties and conventions and the validity of 'Azzan's claim to particulai
territories abroad. The arrival at Masqat of non-British European
Vessels which did not hesitate to admit the sovereignty of Azzan soon
illustrated the danger of backwardness on the part of the British
authorities; and additional reasons in favour of recognition weie sup
plied by the facts that the British Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Masqat had
been continuously maintained and that an apology in the " Clyde case
had been accepted from 'Azzan as de facto ruler. Colonel Pell} , howe\ei,
did not at once make use of his discretionary power to recognise 'Azzan,
and before long the opportunity for doing so as an emeigency mtasuie
had passed away.
To avoid allusion to'the^mnaT^spe^Tf these difficulties was impossible
without conveying a false impression. It is clear from the Government I ® C( ^ ^
the attitude of Colonel Disbrowe towards 'AzzSn and his strained relations with Oolone
Pelly, to whom he was only partially subordinate, v\era a pnneipa ^ f
troubles of 1869. In fairness to Colonel Disbrowe it should be ac e a , in
opinion of Government, he was not alone to blame for the differences between himselt
and Colonel Pelly.
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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:
- 'Chapter I. General History 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. Region' (Part IA, pages 1-396);
- 'Chapter II. History of the ’Omān Sultanate' (Part IA, pages 397-629);
- 'Chapter III. History of Trucial ’Omān' (Part IA, page 630-Part IB, page 786);
- 'Chapter IV. History of Qatar' (Part IB, pages 787-835);
- 'Chapter V. History of Bahrain' (Part IB, pages 836-946);
- 'Chapter VI. History of Hasa' (Part IB, pages 947-999);
- 'Chapter VII. History of Kuwait' (Part 1B, pages 1000-1050);
- 'Chapter VIII. History of Najd or Central Arabia' (Part 1B, pages 1051-1178);
- 'Chapter IX. History of Turkish ’Iraq' (Part 1B, pages 1179-1624).
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- 2 volumes (1624 pages)
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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