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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOLUME IV.' [‎20r] (44/652)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (322 folios). It was created in 1910. 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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BAL—BAL
31
BALtfCH AB.—•
A place 8 miles north of Zang-i-Ahmad. There is a very good spring of
water there, almost sweet, and four other smaller springs in the neighbour
hood. The grazing is excellent both for camels and mules, consisting of
beds of reeds, tamarisk kahur, etc. extending for many miles around.
At some remote time there was extensive cultivation and there are still
many date palms to be seen ; fuel plentiful.— [James, 1909.)
BALfJCHAN CHAH—
A halting-place in the Bampur district, in Persian Baluchistan. It is in
the sand desert south of Bampur proper, about 14 miles from Gazkuk
{q.v.), or 27 from Qasimabad, and is generally made the second stage on
the road from Bampur to Maskhutan and Fanuch. Isfakeh [q.v.) would
appear to be only a short march south, but the road to this place,
Geh, and Chahbar, divides at Gazkuk.
High sandhills have to be crossed for a good many miles, both before and
after Baluchan Chah, in the immediate neighbourhood of which place the
ground is harder, and wild vegetation more abundant, but the whole char
acter of the country is sterile. Water from wells is somewhat precarious,
Sheep may be procured from nomad Lasharis [q.v.), but no other supplies,
and the camel forage is only adapted for animals accustomed to it, not for
those from the coast. There are a few stunted trees near the wells which
serve to mark the spot, but firewood is scarce.— (Goldsmid; Floyer.)
Floyer invariably speaks of this place as LucJidn Chdh. He knew both
Persian and Baluchi well, and is therefore very likely to be correct.
BALUCHI (BALUCHAN)—
A village in the Jashk district (q.v.).
BALUCHIS—
The following account of the derivations of the names of some of the
large Baluch tribes, residing in Sarhad, Bampur, Bampusht, Talk, etc., was
obtained by Captain Jennings from Sardar Fatteh Muhammad of Bam
pusht, his brother Yar Muhammad, and by the Riki Sardar Qadir Bakhsh
of Chagird (a village of Jalk) ; also some details connected with
Mir Chahkar.
The Baluchis under Firuz Khan originally immigrated to this country
from Halab (Aleppo in Syria), seized Minab and Bampur as well as the
intermediate country. This was about one thousand three hundred and
fifty years ago, when there was a fight between Imam Husain and Yazid,
son of Muaviah.
With Firuz Khan came nine thousand men, four thousand being Rinds
and five thousand Magassis, accompanied by their families.
Previous to this invasion of Makran by Baluchis, this part of the country
had been in the possession of the Turks ; but in a great battle, the latter
being defeated, retreated towards Persia.
Firuz Khan reigned for a considerable period, and on his death was
succeeded by his son, Shah Hagg.

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The item is Volume IV of the four-volume Gazetteer of Persia (1910 edition).

The volume comprises that portion of Persia south and east of the Bandar Abbas-Kirman-Birjand to Gazik line, with the exception of Sistan, 'which is dealt with in the Military Report on Persian Sistan'. It also includes the islands of Qishm, Hormuz, Hanjam, Larak etc. 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. and the whole district of Shamil.

The gazetteer includes entries on villages, towns, administrative divisions, districts, provinces, tribes, halting-places, religious sects, mountains, hills, streams, rivers, springs, wells, dams, passes, islands and bays. The entries provide details of latitude, longitude, and elevation for some places, and information on history, communications, agriculture, produce, population, health, water supply, topography, climate, military intelligence, coastal features, ethnography, trade, economy, administration and political matters.

Information sources are provided at the end of each gazetteer entry, in the form of an author or source’s surname, italicised and bracketed.

The volume contains an index map, dated July 1909, on folio 323.

The volume also contains a glossary (folios 313-321).

Prepared by the General Staff, Army Headquarters, India.

Printed at the Government Monotype Press, India.

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1 volume (322 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 324; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Pagination: the volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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