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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎631] (774/1782)

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 about the same time the Portuguese authorities seem to have had in
view the establishment of a station at Khasab. Eventually Kung
became the chief if not the only Portuguese settlement in the Persian
Gulf proper, though, from a mandate of the King of Portugal dated 1649,
for the strengthening of the " fortress of Cassapo/' it might perhaps be
inferred that a post was also maintained at Khasab. About 1631, in
pursuance of measures for recovering Hormuz from the Persians by
force, the Portuguese built a fort " in J ulfar/' i.e., near Ras -al-Khaimah ;
and this may have been the post, just mentioned, which is conjectured to
have existed at Khasab.
It does not appear that the Arabs of the 'Oman coast were much in
evidence in the neighbourhood of Bandar 'Abbas, or anywhere upon the
Persian side of the Gulf, before the Afghan invasion of Persia which
began in 1720. In the confusion following the overthrow of the Safavi
dynasty Shaikh Rashid, probably the ruler of Ras-al-Khaimah, seized
Basidu on the island of Qishm and there established a settlement of
which the trade seriously affected the customs receipts at Bandar ; Abbas,
then shared by the Persians and the English. This led to an English
naval expedition in April 1727 against Shaikh Rashid, conducted by
Mr. W. H. Draper, the East India Company's Agent at Bandar •'Abbas •
the ships employed were the " Britannia " frigate, the <l Bengal " galley,
and two Trankis; and the outcome was the recovery from tiie Shaikh
of "the share of customs due to the East India Company." In 1787,
when a Persian force landed at Khor Fakkan and began to overrun the
territories of the Imam of 'Oman, the Arabs of Ras -al-Khaimah appear
to have made submission to the Persian commander ; but m 174.1, the
Persian occupation of the Imamate still continuing, the Arabs came under
suspicion of intending plunder of Bandar 'Abbas, in concert with the
Imam, after seizing an island in the vicinity.
Very little is known of the internal condition even towarde the end
o£ the 18th century of the region now styled Tmcial 'Oman; but it
seems clear that neither the Portuguese nor the Persians then retained
any hold upon the country, and that the influence of the Qasimi Shaikh,
whose capital at this time was Ras -al-Khaimah town, greatly predomi
nated over that of his neighbours. The subjects of the Qasimi, to whav
ever tribes they might belong, were generally spoken 0 ' n '
and it seems possible that, abroad, the name was applied to almost all
Arabs hailing from the western eoast of the 'Oman
It was the decline of Persian influence in the Gulf after the death o Nadu
Shah that in the end brought the dawasim upon the general scene.
Proceedings
of the Eas-
al-Khainaah
Arabs on tht
Persian
coast, 1600*
1750.
The QawSsim
at home and
abroad, 1750*
1800.

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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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