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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎498] (641/1782)

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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leaving 'Abdul 'Aziz to struggle as best he could with the prevailing
anarchy. On the 21st of August 1875, having assured Colonel Miles
that he would return if circumstances permitted, and having formally
appointed 'Abdul 'Aziz to act for him, Turki left for Gwadar in H.M .S,
" Rifleman
Turki's internal administration, 1871-75,
Folitioal and
military
causes of
Turki' b
initial want
of su ccess.
Turki's early
advisers.
The ill-success of Turki as a ruler was a severe disappointment to
many, including the British authorities, by whom his accession had been
regarded with complacency. The energy and military qualities by which
he had attained the Sultanate soon became foreign to his character • and
the support of the Ghafiri tribes, to which he chiefly owed his position,
almost quickly ceased. The chief causes of his failure were probably
ill-health and the success of Salih-bin-'Ali's sudden attack on Masqat
in 1874; the latter showed the Sultan's power to be without real founda
tion, and induced him to exchange the friendship of the Ghafiris for that
of the Hinawis, whom he had come to regard as the more dangerous.
His independent military resources, consisting originally of a few hundred
Wahhabis and Baluchis, were never considerable ; and he consented, as we
have seen, to ieduce them to a still lower level at the dictation of the
Hinawis, thus cancelling his own authority and virtually handing the
capital over to Bedouin control.
Some of Saiyid Turki's worst mistakes might have been averted had he
possessed a trustworthy minister and been willing to defer to his opinion;
but the fact is clear, though not fully accounted for, that his position
from the beginning was one of isolation. His first Wazir, a man of evil
chaiactei named Thuwaini-bin-Muhammad, was dismissed by him in
1872 for complicity in the murder of Nasir-bin-'Ali, Wali of Masqat,
and was assassinated a year later by a slave of his supposed victim.
After the removal of Thuwaini, Turki fell into the hands of Maish or
Numaish, an unscrupulous adviser of low origin, who after three years in
the Sultan s service was believed to have amassed a fortune of ^0,000.
e return of Abdul 'Aziz, especially as it had been voluntarily sought
by the bultan might have been expected to put an end to the unsatisfac
tory sta e of affairs; but 'Abdul 'Aziz, though animated by a sincere devo
tion to his brother's interests, was never after the first fully trusted by
him and had to contend on unequal terms, almost up to the time of
iki s departure lor Gwadar, against the hostile influence of Maish,

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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)
Arrangement

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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