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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOL. III. PART I: A to K' [‎71v] (147/1278)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (635 folios). It was created in 1924. 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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Northern Arabistan consists of the alluvial plains of the rivers Karun,
Diz and Karkheh, immediately below the mountains. In conjunction with
Southern Arabistan it is at least nominally one of the provinces of Persia,
with a Governor-General appointed from Tehran over it.
History.— (Including Southern Arabistan.)
During 1909 and following years Arabistan was almost the only province
where tranquillity reigned and this was due to the firmness and ability of
Shaikh Sir Khaza 1 Khan. Thanks to his friendly attitude towards British
enterprise, out trade flourished considerably, as is indicated by the fact
that 78 British subjects, and 614 British Indians were reported to be in
the province in 1911. A severe epidemic of plague, however, which
visited Muhammareb, Basrah, and Ahwaz in 1911, discounted the results
of two good harvests and even attacked the European colony of Ahwaz.
In 1912, there was some trouble regarding Shushtar between the Shaikh
of Muhammareh and the Bakhtiaris, and the former occupies the town
with his Arabs in April 1911 ; but withdrew oma neutral governor being
appointed from Tehran.
Boundaries. -Northern ’Arabistan is contiguous on the south with
k^outhern^ Arabistan. The eastern boundary runs from 5 miles north of
Band-i-Qir on the right bank of Abi-i-Gargar to BulaitI, and thence crossing
to the left bank, extends to a point some 7 miles to the east of Shushtar.
e northern boundary runs_along the foot of the mountains, including with-
m it the plains of Aqili and Ab-i-Bid across the Ab-i-Diz to Mazraeh-i-Salih-
abad, 10 miles north-west to Dizful, and thence through Paj-i-Pul on the
Karkheh to an undefined place near the Dawarij stream, on the undemarcat
ed lurko-Persian frontier. This frontier bounds Northern ’Arabistan on
the west.
Geography.—The country is flat and alluvial and lies entirely outside the
mountain system. It has, however, a few small ranges of hills across it. A
range extending for about 60 miles in a north-westerly direction runs from
the right bank of the Karkheh above Nahr Hashim to the left bank of the
Dawarij Another range runs from the south-east corner of the plain of
Aqih, along the right bank of the Karun and Ab-i-Shatait, to a point a
tew miles south-west of Sliushtar. On the left bank of the Karun a red
sandstone range, known as the Kuh-i-Fadalak (1,200 feet) runs facing the
last from the point just below the Shur-i-Labahri to within 2 miles of Shush-
tar A short, rocky ridge finally crosses the Ab-i-Diz obliquely at Kut
Danciar. 1 he only permanent rivers are the Ab-i-Gargar and Shatait,
Karkheh ° ^b-i-Diz, wuth its tributaries ; and the
Climate. Rainfall.—Rum may occur any time at intervals between the end
q u C n + T an rm^ rare ly in May, and never between that month
and October, there is seldom continuous rain except from the end of
November to end of January, when three days at a time may be expected
once or twice every year.
The ramfall in Dizful and the tract along the foot of the hills is greater
, an ia a | ^ iwaz. One day’s rain will make the movement of
troops over the plain very difficult. From the end of May to the middle

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The item is Volume III, Part I: A to K of the four-volume Gazetteer of Persia (Provisional Edition, 1917, reprinted 1924).

The volume comprises that portion of south-western Persia, which is bounded on the west by the Turco-Persian frontier; on the north and east by a line drawn through the towns of Khaniqin [Khanikin], Isfahan, Yazd, Kirman, and Bandar Abbas; and on the south by 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 gazetteer includes entries on towns, villages, districts, provinces, tribes, forts, dams, shrines, coastal features, islands, rivers, streams, lakes, mountains, passes, and camping grounds. Entries include information on history, geography, climate, population, ethnography, administration, water supply, communications, caravanserais, trade, produce, and agriculture.

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 includes an Index Map of Gazetteer and Routes in Persia (folio 636), showing the whole of Persia with portions of adjacent countries, and indicating the extents of coverage of each volume of the Gazetteer and Routes of Persia , administrative regions and boundaries, hydrology, and major cities and towns.

Printed at the Government of India Press, Simla, 1924.

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1 volume (635 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 637; 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 file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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