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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎579] (722/1782)

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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The period, we may observe, opened with a severe visitation of the ^ isit e a p|^ ie
country in 1899 by the three epidemic diseases of plague, small-pox and disease, 1899.
cholera, the melancholy results of which are described in the special
Appendix on sanitary matters.
In politics the two chief centres of interest since 1899 have been Sur
and the Rustaq valley.
. Affairs at
Sur, a town never submissive to the authority of the Sultans or Sur.
'Oman, had been hitherto neglected by Saiyid Faisal, who did not once
visit it during the first twelve years of his reign. In 1898, as has been
mentioned before, the inhabitants expelled the Sultan's garrison by force
but allowed it to be replaced on sufferance. By 1900 the people of Sur,
especially those of the Jannabah tribe, had almost ceased, under French
encouragement, to regard the Sultan as their master. jooo
In May 1900 Hilal-bin-'Amr arrived at Sur from East Africa,
joined hands with M. Ottavi, and began to inveigh against the Sultan
and the British ; and the spirit of the Jannabah was now such that, when
summoned by the Sultan to meet him at Masqat, they refused to go and
insolently suggested that he should deal with them instead thiough the
French Vice-Consul. It was this state of matters which obliged Saiyid
Faisal in June 1900 to make a visit to Sur, the first since his accession.
His reception was more favourable than he had expected, for all the
elders of the town immediately paid their respects to him, the chief
Shaikh of the Bani Bu 'Ali came down from the interior with a
thousand men to do him honour, and, as already related, the Sultan was
successful before he left in obtaining from the French flag-holders of
the port, including the Jannabah, a formal profession of allegiance to
himself and a renunciation of French protection. 1901.
In June 1901 the Sultan sent 80 Wahhabi 'Askaris to garrison his
post at Sur, and the French flag-holders, few of whom had observed
their promise given in the previous year, understanding the act as a
threat to themselves, asked M. Ottavi whether he would protect theni in
case of an attack by the Sultan's troops ; his reply was unfavoura e,
and the incident marked another stage in the decline of French influe
at Sur. In the autumn of 1901 Saiyid Faisal paid a second visit to Sur
and was anxious, for fiscal and administrative purposes, to enc ose ^
town by a wall on the landward side. Difficulties as to laboui an ma er
caused him to desist from this project; but, before he left Sur, he a came
into execution an older and lees ambitious scheme that whic . . ^
to provoke the local rebellion of 1898—by erecting blockhouses^ e w>'
Sur and Bilad-as-Sur to command the caravan routes to the interior
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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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