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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎586] (729/1782)

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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reported to be borrowing small sums from all aud sundry ; and, though in
April he had refused a loan of $20,000, which was offered him free of
political conditions by the British Government, he was stated in Septem
ber to have incurred liabilities in other quarters to the amouut of
1120,000.
Currency, question of currency is one which, since 1894, has given a certain
amount of trouble at Masqat. On the closing" of the Indian mints
there set in a serious drain of Indian rupees and copper pice towards India,
'ihe value of the dollar, which is the principal coin of the country and the
only monetary standard in the interior, also began to decline by rapid
and irregular stages, and by March 1894 had fallen to IU8 pice, whereas
until 1893 it stood at 136 to 140. The scarcity of pice, which was a
cause of great hardship to the poorer classes, was remedied at first by a
supply of copper coin which the Sultan caused to be struck for him in
England, and later by the foundation of a mint for copper coin at
Masqat itself. The fluctuation of the silver exchange was a more
serious evil; and the deputation of merchants under British protection,
who waited on Lord Curzon during his visit to Masqat in November
1903, requested that steps for dealing with it might be considered by the
Government of India. In 1904 a scheme for the universal and exclusive
adoption of the Indian currency in 'Oman was prepared by the Govern
ment of India; but, on account of the more important question of
customs management, which is still pending, it has not yet been men
tioned to the Sultan or discussed with him.
nava^resour- m ^ ai T resources of Saiyid Sir Faisal are described in the geo-
ces of the giaphical volume of this Gazetteer : they are probably sufficient for the
defence of his actual possessions against any ordinary attack which
might be made upon them. The " Nur-al-Bahr," a steam-vessel of 300
tons, purchased in 1902 with the assistance of the Government of India
and brought into use in June 1903, replaced the Sultan in the posi
tion which he lost at the beginning of his reign through dispensing with
his father's steam-vessels the u Dar-as-Salam " and a Sultani"; and it
enabled him, in particular, to re-assert his authority at Sur and to
increase it at all places on the Batinah coast. When Saiyid Taimur
visited India in 1903, two guns for his father were presented to him by
the Viceroy to be mounted upon this vessel.
mSrative" • The extent aIld effectivenes s of the Sultan 's administration in 'Oman
position _ of "J recent times discussed in the geographical portion of this
azetteei; and fiom the facts there given, and from the events related
m the paragraph on internal history above, it will be apparent that the
influence of the Sultan in Oman has latterly become both stronger and

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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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