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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎714] (857/1782)

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 former had a strong influence on events, but shall confine our atten
tion to the dispute between Sharjah and Dibai and its results.
The immediate cause of quarrel was a resolve by Sultan-bin-Saqar
to set limits to the growth of Dibai by building a number of towers at
Abu Hail, a place situated on the coast of his own territory but distant
only five miles from Dibai, which proceeding Shaikh Maktum felt it
necessary at all costs to prevent. Hostilities had scarcely begun, when
they were interrupted by the arrival off Sharjah of a British and Indian
naval squadron under the command of Commodore Sir H. Blackwood,
11.N., who urged the combatants to suspend matters until a reference
should have been made to the Resident. To this suggestion they agreed,
but on th*' departure of the ships Shaikh Sultan immediately broke his
promise and recommenced building at Abu Hail; and Captain Kemball,
who arrived in March 1846 to promote a reconciliation on behalf of the
Resident, found war fairly begun and his own best efforts of no avail.
A day or two after the Assistant Resident's departure the situation
was greatly altered by the death of Saqar, son of the Sharjah Shaikh,
who was killed in an attack on Umm-al-Qaiwain ; and, at the request of
Shaikh Sultan himself, a truce for more than 6 months, to the ISith of
November following, was mediated by Commodore Hawkins. On the
part of the principal mover in the matter the observance of this truce
was merely nominal, for Shaikh Sultan at once resumed his buililing
operations and excluded Dibai subjects from Sharjah, besides instigating
the Abu Dhabi chief to insult the Shaikh of Dibai and to harass the
Bedouin allies of Umm-al-Qaiwain ; and on one occasion over 20 men of
the latter, belonging to the Ghafalah tribe, were reported to have been
butchered in consequence of his incitements.
On the expiration of the land truce the Shaikhs of Abu Dhabi and
Sharjah again met, and it was decided first to reduce Dibai ; but Shaikh
Sultan, seized by a sudden fear lest Shaikh Sa'id should retain the place,
if captured, in his own hands, changed his mind and insisted that
Umm-al-Qaiwain should be the first objective of the combined force.
Hereupon the allies opened separate negotiations with Shaikh
Maktum, their intended victim, who threw himself into the arms of the
Sharjah Shaikh and in February or March 1847 concluded a peace with
him, while with Abu Dhabi he remained at war. The reason of Shaikh
Maktum's choice appears to have been that Shaikh Sultan now promised
to destroy the towers at Abu Hail,—an undertaking which he did not fulfil
or even intend to fulfil,—while Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, pressed
upon him a disagreeable condition implying forgiveness of the ohnoxiou?
Bani Qitab.

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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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