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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎831] (986/1782)

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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arriving' in Hasa in February of 1903, and the official intended fov
Wakrah in the month after. It was further ascertained that the Turkish
scheme involved the erection of guard-houses to connect Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. with
'Oqair. Towards the end of March 1903 a Turkish gunboat left Basrah
for Qatar to assist in the execution of the general design. Exactly
three days later, on the 23rd of March, assurances were received by the
British Ambassador at Constantinople from the Grand Vazir that no
intention of posting officials to the places in question existed ; but the
proceedings of the Turks continued to be suspicious and were closely
watched. H.M.S. " Sphinx " was sent to visit Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. and
'Odaid, and called at Wakrah, where the Turkish flag was found
flying. Meanwhile Yusuf Bey, the Mudir designate of Wakrah,
had reached Bahrain on his way, as was suspected, to Wakrah. Under
the authority of His Majesty's Government obstacles were placed in the
way of his sailing for Qatar, but he succeeded in evading them; he left
Bahrain on the 27th of April; and a few days later, after one unsuccess
ful attempt, was reported to have established himself at Wakrah. In
the interim, on the 27th of April, an assurance had been obtained at Con
stantinople that the status quo in Qatar should not be in any way dis
turbed. After a short time Yusuf Bey was called to Dohah to act for
the Assistant Qaim-Maqam of Qatar, and a peremptory demand for his
recall from Wakrah having been addressed to the Porte by His Majesty's
Government, it does not appear that he subsequently returned to the
place. Soon, however, it was discovered that 'Abdur Rahman, son of
Shaikh Jasim, had been officially appointed to Wakrah in place of Yusuf
Bey with the title of Mudir and a salary of ^52 a month. This elicited
a fresh protest from the British Government, who refused to recognise
the right of the Turks to appoint any administrative official whatsoever
in Qatar, even from among the local Shaikhs ; and at last, in October
1904, 'Abdur Rahman was, by order of the Porte, deprived of the status
of Mudir. It seems, however, that he was allowed to retain his salary,*
which the Turks represented to be a subsidy of old standing, as also the
status which he enjoyed at Wakrah as local agent of the Turkish
Government.
From 1893 to 1898 piracies were of rare occurrence upon the coast Piracies on
of Qatar. The only serious case, apparently, was one that occurred in
1895, in which a British Indian sailing vessel was plundered, one of the 1906.
crew beinsr killed and others wounded; and in 1896 'AM, an A1 Bin-'Ali
* In 1906, however, it wa? stated that 'Abdur Rahman had never actually drawn this
s^ary

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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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