The Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia was compiled by officials of the British Government of India during the decade after Lord Curzon's Vice-regal tour of the Gulf in 1903. The original intention was to provide British agents and policymakers in the Gulf, India and London with 'a convenient and portable handbook to the places and interests with which they are likely to be concerned'. Better documentation was regarded as an essential prerequisite to the strengthening of British influence in the area during a period of increasing international tension. The resulting five thousand pages far exceeded both in quality and in quantity the expectations of the officials who had commissioned it.
The work was planned in two huge 'volumes', Volume 1 comprising a history of the Gulf region and Volume II being a geographical dictionary. The second volume was actually completed and printed in 1908, seven years earlier than the historical volume which was not finally issued until 1915, a year after Lorimer's death.
ARRANGEMENT OF VOLUMES