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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎576] (719/1782)

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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Preparations
for revision
of the same.
Internal
taxes in
relation to
British com«
mercial
interests.
Restrictions
on the liquor
trade.
discretion as to disposal must be held to have reached their " port of des
tination on arrival at Masqat. In the end, however, the Snltan was
induced, in the interests of trade, to place a liberal construction upon the
article; and he explained that he had been driven to take up his original
position by the dishonesty of the merchants, who, in the absence of a bonded
warehouse, had been allowed to keep goods duty-free upon their own
premises pending re-exportation.
In 1903 the Government of India began to consider the question of a
revision of the Commercial Treaty of 1S91, which had now by lapse of
time become terminable. Proceedings were delayed for two years by the
Irench dag case; but at length, in November 1903, the Secretary of State
authorised the Government of India to proceed with the negotiation of
the new Treaty, the proposed terms of which he at the same time
approved. The modifications desired were of minor importance.
In the date season of 1903 a complaint that the Sultan was proposing
to enhance the Zakat or agricultural tax on dates, which then stood at
I per cent., led to some peculiar discoveries. It now appeared that,
whereas the export duty of 5 per cent, on dates had been agreed to by the
Government of India, whose consent was by treaty indispensable, as a
substitute for Zakat where the latter was not recoverable, the Sultan's
practice was to levy both export duty and Zakat in such places as he found
it practicable. Thus, while Zakat was unknown at Sur, it was collected
m the Sohar Wilayat and at some date-growing ports in Batinah in
addition to export duty. The Government of India insisted that, if the
rate of Zakat were increased, the tax should be collected direct in the
interior, and not at the coast by means of what was virtually an enhance-
ment of export duty. J
In 1904 the Sultan, with the consent of the British, French and
American consular representatives, prohibited the retail sale of intoxi-
^tmg hquors by his subjects ; and a similar restriction was imposed on
British subjects by a consular notification dated the 7th of June 1904.
British eiplorations and enterprises in 'Oman after 1899.
0f fa Itt ^ quieter state of the country and the more
riwsn favourable disposition of thp Snlfsr, • i j .
officers. an, inland tours of exploration in
Oman once more became, after 1900, possible to the British Political
Colonel uT H . lmP ° rtanCe had been undertaken since those made by
Lolonel Allies daring the reign of Turki,

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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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