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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎627] (770/1782)

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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of the poli
tical status
of Ruus-al-
Jibal, 1900-
05.
627
In 1900, as explained in tbe chapter on the General History of the Kecent im
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 evident intention of other European powers to establish estimations
for themselves a naval position in the Gnlfs of Persia and 'Oman made
it unecessary to consider, from the British point of view, the naval situation
in those waters; and the promontory of Euus-al-J ibal figured largely in
the ensuing deliberations of the British and Indian Governments. The
practical results of the discussion find their appropriate place elsewhere j
but in this place the facts finally elicited in regard to the ownership
of the district may be placed on record.
In 1902 a voyage along the coast of Ruus-al-Jibal was made by
Major P. Z. Cox, then 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. at Masqat, chiefly for the pur
pose of ascertaining local opinion on the subject of jurisdiction. Major
Cox reported that the Shaikh of Lamah admitted, in the abstract, his
subordination to Saiyid Faisal-bin-Turki of Masqat and regarded the
Sultan's wishes as a law to him. The Dhahuriyin of Malcolm Inlet seemed
to recognise that the ruler of Masqat possessed at least a patriarchal
authority over them j and they added that, if any dispute should aiise
amongst themselves, they would appeal to the ^ Sultan to settle it. The
people of Kumzar unhesitatingly and unequivocally acknowledged the
sovereignty of the Sultan, not only over themselves but over the whole
Shihhi tribe, with the exception of a few who were said to be subject to
Ras-al-Khaimah * The Shihuh of the villages between Elphmstone Inlet
and the Ras-al-Khaimah border expressed friendly and loyal sentiments
towards Saiyid Faisal, and their Shaikh was in the habit of paying com
plimentary visits to the Sultan at Masqat. ^ On the other hand, xac s weie
observed by Major Cox which seemed to point to the enjoyment j } ie
inhabitants generally of practical independence; and Majoi Cox 0
opinion that, on the evidence obtained by him, it was open to t e n is
Government to regard Ruus-al-Jibal either as a district ot e man
Sultanate or as an autonomouB tract.
The 20th of November 1903 was spent by Lord Curzon, Viceroy oi
India, while on tour 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. , with the Naval Commander-in-
Chief Vice-Admiral Atkinson-Willes, in an examination ot the inlets
and coast of Ruus-al-Jibal; but no opportunity occurred in the comse ut
this short visit for a satisfactory investigation of the political position ot
any of the villages.
In March 1905 the present writer, partly with a view to supple
menting Major Cox's enquiries by ascertaining w a (-pinion a.
ownership of Ruus -al-Jibal prevailed in a neighbouring i , P
visit to Sharjah, where a meeting, attended by the ^h^
himself, by an intelligent Shihhi, and by various 0 er wt „ . ^
was held it the housed the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent for ^^ es \ nVe ^
gating this and other points of geographical an po i i j acee U p 0n
the assembly it was stated, with absolute unanimi y, , p t 0 f
the sea between Sha'am and Dibah, in other words
Ruus-al-Jibal, belonged to Masqat; and no difference of status in
interior was suggested.
♦Probably tbe Sbihub of Sba'am, GhalUab
the Riiua-al-Jibal district, ind whose position as tp
never been doubtful. 49 A

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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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