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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎592] (735/1782)

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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and he even extended his influence westwards over a part of the Mahra
country. Gradually 3 however, his rule, which was arbitrary and oppres
sive, fell into discredit; for, while he exacted forced' labour and
contributions for himself and his family and levied import and export
duty on all goods at 5 per cent., he was not long- successful in composino-
the dissensions among tribes, nor was his administration of justice as
between individuals applauded. At length, in January 1879, a general
revolution took place among the people, and he was obliged to flv the
Second annexation of Dhufar to 'Oman oy Turki-bin-Sa'id, 1879.
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On the expulsion of Saiyid Fadhl from Dhufar, Shaikh 'Awadh-bin-
Abduilali, who had taken i leading part in the affair, paid a visit to Masqat
and induced the Sultan, then Saiyid Turki, to extend his authority once
more over this derelict corner of Arabia. Th einhabitants of Dhufar were
now divided into three parties, of which one headed by 'Awadh-bin-
Abdullah desired the Sultan of 'Oman for their master, while another led
by Awadh-bm-'Azzan aimed at the restoration of Saiyid Fadhl, and a
third, probably the largest, was in favour of independence.
An expedition by sea, despatched by Saiyid Turki under Sulaiman-
bin-Suwailim, reached Hasik at the eastern end of Dhufar in the end
of March or beginning of April 1879 and thence proceeded, partly by
watei and partly by land, along the coast to Sadah and so to Murbat,
where the whole force, consisting of about 100 men, arrived on the
A 1 *? 1, ' ' le P eo P^ e Murbat at once tendered their submission to
the Sultans representative; and, notwithstanding the hostility of a
majority of the A1 Kathir, Sulaiman-bin-Suwailim was able on the 11th
o Ma} to leport himself firmly established at the capital. One of his
nist acts, intended no doubt to conciliate the people, was to reduce the rate
of customs duty from the 5 per cent, taken by Saiyid Fadhl to 4 per cent.
At this tune the question of Dhufar was complicated by a dispute
^e ween tie Chiefs of Makalla and Shihr, under the jurisdiction of the
Aden Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. m which the Sultan of ^Oman, by showing sympathy
with the Makalla Chief and sending an agent to reside for a short time
at his court, incurred the hostility of the ruler of Shihr. It followed that,
while the Chief of Makalla cordially supported the designs of the Sultan
m Dhufar, the Chief of Shihr threw his weight into the opposite scale
and expressed so clearly his intention of interfering in Dhufar affairs
that m June mi) a warning, which proved effectual, was addressed him
e ii is i Resident at Aden. At the same time steps were taken to
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the employment of the Nizam of Haidarabad in India.
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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)

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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