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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎556] (699/1782)

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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Increasing
intimacy of
the Sultan
with France,
18U8.
556
Masqat by a slave of the SuJtaii aud subjected, along- with two officers
of his ship, to ignominious treatment by certain of His Highness's
officials. On the matter being represented to the Sultan the slave was
flogged and the officials imprisoned; but the affair was none the less an
indication of the state of feeling prevalent in palace circles at Masqat.
Soon after this matters began to move more rapidly. The French gun
boat Gabes " arrived at Masqat in February 1898 and remained there
until March ; but the object and results of her visit could not at the time
be ascertained by the British 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 October another French
gunboat, the " Scorpion," spent a fortnight at Masqat: she brought
a breech-loading field gun as a gift from the French Government to the
Sultan. The stay was made the occasion of friendly demonstrations and
secret conferences, in which M. Ottavi played a large part; valuable return
presents were given by the Sultan; and the officers of the ship, with the
French Vice-Consul, made an expedition to Bandar Jissah, a small but
defensible harbour on the coast 5 miles south-east of Masqat, of which they
took photographs and mad<? rough plans. A direct result of the visit of the
" Scorpion" was the dismissal by the Sultan of his Wazir, Muhammad-
bin-Sa'id, whom he^ad appointed in January 1897, and the reinstatement
of Muhammad-b^ Azzan. The latter, besides being illiterate, was now in
Ins dotage; bvc he was a more facile instrument in the hands of the French
party than Muhammad-bin-Sa'id, who in May 1898 had induced the
Sultan t j re-open discussion of the flag question with M. Ottavi, and who
was Mieved to have opposed the rapprochement with the French in all its
stages. French interests at Masqat were now actively promoted by an in-
dmdual m ho held a peculiar dual position as confidential secretary to the
Sultan and as dragoman of the French Vice-Consulate; this was 'Abdul
Aziz, an Aiab of the Bam Ruwahah tribe, who had been known to M.
Ottavi at Zanzibar and who with Hilal-bin-'Amr, a name with which we
T' 1 hereafter ' had been spelled from that island
in 1893 and who d^ 1 fTT'T ' Abdul ^ who first arriYed at Masqat
n 18 J3, and ho doubtless harboured resentment against the British author-
Sultan " /YT had been a salaried of the
™ 7 Smce + N0v r ber 1895 ; a nd in his capacity as such he
Ao-ent for I^tt i" Sultan ' s correspondence with the British
tXi Zl n Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. were sometimes in his
t f 7 n0t be ^ ^at the knowledge he thus obtained
0f 1118 ^ em ^ ^ " Vice-Consul.
ment in the ^ ^ ^ ^ occurred was an announce-
of
vv ai had established a coaling-station at
J m'
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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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