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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎48v] (101/220)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (106 folios). It was created in 1911. 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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Vakil left for Sultanieh, Khusrau Khan sent his son Ahmad Khan to him with
regal presents. In 1176 A.H. Sulaiman Pasha Baban invaded Kurdistan and
occupied Merivan ; Khusrau Khan with a small armv hurried to oppose him their
armies met in the plain of Merivan and Sulaiman Pasha was defeated! He repaired
to the court of Kerim Khan Vakil and intrigued against Khusrau Khan. Finally
Khan’s 1 recalrto"sMraz.°^ t0 Keri “ Khan ’ he obtail,ed Khuarau ’
Sulaiman Pasha Baban,
1176-1177 A.H. (1762^1763
Once Khusrau Khan was out of Kurdistan,
Kerim Khan deposed him and named in his stead
h.ulaiman Pasha, who a year liter was murdered by
Faki Ibrahim. J
A i Khan Baban, 1177—
1179 A.H. (1763—1766
By order of Kerim Khan Sulaiman Pasha var
succeeded at Suluimanieh by his brother, Muhammad
Pasha, and in Kurdistan by his son ’Ali Khan.
Two years later in 1179 Khusrau Khan was again
Khusrau Khan Buzurg, reappointed by Kerim Khan, Vali of Kurdiston
1179—1204 A.H. (1765—1789 He repaired Senna and enlarged the government
A - D ) ‘ buildings ; the part he added being to this day
known as Khusruyieh.
In 1193 A. H. on the death of Kerim Khan there arose many pretenders to
independent sovereignty, amongst others Allah Guli Khan Zengeneh, who, gathering
together on Turkish territory the Zengeneh, Kalhor and Zohab tribes ’ advanced
to the conquest of Kurdistan.
He was seconded by Muhammad Rashid Beg, Vakil of Kurdistan, who some
time before had gone to Kirmanshah. At ithis news Khusrau Khan left Senna
with a small army, and at the Gardaneh Baghan which is about 12 miles from
the town, and where there is only a narrow path to pass through, he had his men
counted and found that his horsemen only numbered 740. He decided then
to remain where he was, and divided his men amongst his seven sons keeping only
40 horsemen for himself. He then ordered Khan Ahmad Khan, his eldest son
to act as vanguard. ’
Allah Guli Khan on his side sent a thousand Zengeneh and Kurds of
his followers, as vanguard, one farsakh in advance of his camp. During the night
the two vanguards met and favoured by the darkness the Kurds forced the
Zengenehs to retire to their camp.
At dawn Khan Ahmad Khan returned to his father, and by his order gathering
the greater part of the Kurdish horsemen, he attacked the enemy. As it was im
possible for him to rush their guns and zambureks (camel swivel guns) he tiied
a ruse and pretended to take to flight: then with two of his brothers’he turned
on his pursuers and put them to flight. Allah Guli Khan was slain and beheaded
All the enemy’s zambureks, camp, and baggage fell into the hands of Khusrau
Khan. Muhammad Rashid Beg, Nassir Khan Kuliai and many others were taken
prisoners. Muhammad Bashid Beg was forgiven and liberally treated by the Vali.
who appointed Haji^ ’Ali Khan Zengeneh, uncle of Allah Guli Khan, governor of
Kirmanshah. ITaji Ali Khan surrendered all his uncle’s property which was
estimated at 4 crores of tumans and which Khusrau Khan had divided amongst
his troops. This battle took place in Rabi-ul-Aval 1193 A.H. one month
after Kerim Khan’s death.

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Confidential report compiled by Hyacinth Louis Rabino. The report was printed in Simla at the Government Monotype Press, 1911.

The report is divided into three parts (I-III), as follows:

Part I: Geographical and Commercial Notes (folios 6-39) with sections on the province of Kurdistan (including information on cultivation, population, revenue, roads, imports/exports, and the capital, Senna), its tribes (including statistics on population, land, and residences), rivers, and mountains, and appendices comprised of government lists of villages.

Part II: History (folios 40-54) with a chart showing the Valis and Provincial Governors of Kurdistan for the years 1169-1905 (folio 41).

Part III: Gazetteer of Kurdistan (folios 55-104) arranged alphabetically.

At the back of the volume is a glossary (folios 105-06) including notes on the weights used in Kurdistan.

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1 volume (106 folios)

There is a contents page at the front of the volume (f 5) which refers to the volume's original pagination.

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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 108; 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.

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