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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1000] (1155/1782)

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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chaptell vii.
HISTORY OF KUWAIT.*
Early History.
Foundation
of Kuwait by
the 'Uttib,
1716.
The foundation of the town of Kuwait, though a modern event, is the
subject of various and conflicting traditions. The first settlers, however,
almost certainly belonged to the 'Utub, a tribe consisting of three
principal divisions, the Jalahimah, Al Khalifah and A1 Subah, and said
to be derived from the 'Anizah of northern Central Arabia, t Kuwait
seems to have come into existence about the commencement of the 18th
century, according to one account in 1716 ; and from the name it may
reasonably be conjectured that the place was in the beginning an ordinary
Arab settlement protected by a small fort. According to a tradition
preserved by the Al Subah family who now govern Kuwait, the reason why
the ancestors of their section came to Kuwait was that they had been
expelled by the Turks from Umm Qasr upon Khor Zubair, an earlier
seat from which they had been accustomed to prey as brigands upon the
caravans of Basrah and as pirates upon the shipping of the Shatt-al-'Arab.
When the settlement at Kuwait was formed, the Jalahimah section were
headed by one Jabir, the Al Khalifah by Khalifah -bin-Muhammad, and
the Al Subah—according to one tradition—by a Shaikh named
• For facte in regard to the history of Kuwait, we are not so entirely dependent as in
the case of Qatar, Bahrain and HaRa on oHHoial records and compilations, and the follow
ing published works may be cited : Ires' Voyage, 1773 ; Seetzen in Zach's Monatliche
Corresfondenz, July to December 1805 ; Brjdges* Brief History of the Wahauhy,
1834 ; Stocqueler's Fifteen Months' Pilgrimage, 1832 ; Pelly and Colvill's Recent
Tour round the Northern Portion of the Persian G-vlf in the Transactions of thfl
Bombay Geographical Society, Volume XVII, 1865; Felly's Report on a Journey
to the JVahahee Capital of Riyadh, 1866 ; and Felly's Report on the Tribes, etc.,
around the shores 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. 1874. The official publications containing
most information are : Bombay Selections, XXIV, 1856 ; a Precis of Correspond
ence regarding the Affairs 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. , 1801-53, by Mr. J. A. Saldanha,
1906 ; a Precis of Kuweit Affairs, by the same, 1904 ; a Precis of Najd Affairs,
1804-1904, by the same, 1904 ; and the annual Administration Keports of the Persian
Gulf Folitical Hesidency.
t There ia also a division known as the Al Fadhil, but they have played no part in
history.

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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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