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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎524] (667/1782)

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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Compulsory
weigliment of
Matmh dates
at Masqat.
Limit cf
jurisdiction of
the British
Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at
Masqat and
provision of a
guard, 1880-
Tours by the
British Poli
tical Agent.
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In 1881 the octroi tax in the towns of Masqat and Matrah ^
was enhanced from abont 2 per cent, to 5 per cent, and, insiead of beW "C,
inc nded in the animal contract for the sea-customs, was farmed out as a *
separate tax and fetched ?15,500 for the Brst year. This innovation, already
mentioned above,* was not regarded as unfair to British subjects, but it
was irritating to the rural Arabs and was expected to drive trade to Sur,
mention was made for the first time of a tax better known in 5"
a or years; it was at first described as a tax on country p.od.ee imported ■#***
from the interior into the towns of the coast. By "l 886 the rate of
this tax, originally lower, had been enhanced to 5 per cent, and the
tax had Virtually assumed the form of an impost on dates exported from
e toast o Oman to places abroad and was represented as a
substitute for one of the ordinary faxes on agricultural produce
which the sultan was unable to collect from growers in the far
interior. Ue Government of India seem to have considered it doubtful
whether the tax was really, as S ome of their officers contended, an
export tax ; and, further, whether the silence of the commercial treaty of
3J on the subject of export duties gave sufficient ground for protest
against the imposition of such. No effort was therefore made at this
time to get the tax withdrawn ; but the Sultan, in consideration of tbns
leceiving a consolidated duty of 5 per cent., abolished some other pettv
dues which existed in the seaport towns. It was subsequently ruled by
the Government of India that no objection could be taken to'the levy of
a tax, even if exceeding 6 per cent., upon tobacco exported by sea from
Batinah oO Masqat, inasmuch as any understanding with the Sultan
in regard to export faxes could have reference only to exports for abroad.
, , 8 " c<,m l >la « lt . heard in 1880, was renewed ; it was that
tish Indian subjects exporting dates from Matrah were being compelled
to semi their goods to Masqat for weighment and assessment of duty,
the P tinT h S ^ P0liti0al A8ent resl,lted »' discontinuance for
duce it in Ztil^; n :r tion ' and no attemi,t was made to re - intro -
fixed' the ^b 16 r'rf here that in 1880 the Government of India
fixed the boundary between the political jurisdictions of their Aden
and Masqat representatives at Ras Sajar on the southern coast of
with : Tf 0 1 MaS ' lat AgeUCy WaS for the first time provided
s - -■
The ebaraeter of SaiyidTurki's reign and his personality favoured the
^f^^^n^nt^jif^he^B ritish Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in the intL rof "
* Vide page 512 ante.

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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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