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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎692] (835/1782)

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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to crush overthrow, once for all, the power of his hated rival the Bani Yas
Abu «-i *
1833-34. Shaikh.
All Sharjah subjects having been hurriedly recalled from the pearl
banks in the height of the diving- season, much to their discontent,
a naval expedition against Abu Dhabi was prepared without
delay; it consisted of 22 boats carrying 520 Qawasim, under the
command of Shaikhs Sultan-bin-Saqar and Hasan-bin-Rahmah, and
of 80 boats manned by 700 of the Al Bu Falasah and other refugees at
Dibai. On the afternoon of the 10th September 1883 the Qawasim
and their allies landed at a point about four miles from Abu Dhabi,
which town they expected to find almost deserted and to capture
without difficulty on the morrow ; but the Shaikhs of the Bani Yas had
received sufficient notice of the intended attack to collect a large
number of their own tribe and of Manasir Bedouins; and, when the
sun rose, the invaders discovered that they were surrounded by a vastly
superior force. Seized by panic they fled to their vessels ; but most
of these, left high and dry by the tide, were not available for escape.
Shaikh Sultan-bin-Saqar himself was nearly drowned by the sinking of a
small boat, in which he had put to sea along with four of his slaves. The
losses of the Qawasim on this occasion amounted to 30 men killed,
including a brother of the Shaikh of Lingeh ; and six of their vessels,
one a Eatil, were taken. Of the Bani Yas allies 15 were killed, and 235
were taken prisoners and compelled to return to their homes at Abu
Dhabi, while of the 80 hoats contributed by the Bani Yas dissidents no
less than 60 were captured.
1 he Shaikh of Shsrjah did not, however, abandon his enterprise,
but by means of alliances with the Shaikhs of ^Ajman and Lingeh got
together a fresh fleec, which sailed from Dibai on the 9th of November
1883. Having arrived before Abu Dhabi, Sultan-bin-Saqar during
three days endeavoured to take the place by direct naval attack ; but his
attempts were defeated by a large mixed garrison of townsmen and
Bedouins, whose fire from six or seven large vessels moored by iron chains
to the shore was very effective and even damaged the Baghlah of
Shaikh Sultan himself. A blockade was accordingly substituted on the
part of the Qawasim, by which the defenders of the town soon
found themselves reduced to serious straits ; and the departure of Saiyid
Sa id from Masqat to his African possessions destroyed, about the same
time, their last hope of assistance from without, To add to the
troubles of the besieged, thirty of their boats were captured by the
Qawasim at some distance from Abu Dhabi; ten of their men were

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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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