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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎49v] (103/220)

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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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Amanullah K.lian Buzurk ;*
1214—1240 A.H. (1799—
1821 A.D.).
with the Bilbas tribe, and
Verdi Khan, 1212 The Kurds immediately left for their homes, and
A.H (7 days) (1797 A.D.). Sobhan Verdi Khan, reaching Senna a few days
before Hasan ’Ali Khan, proclaimed himself Vah of Kurdistan.
Seven or eight days later, however, when Hasan ’Ah Khan reached the neigh-
bourhood of Senna, Sobhan Verdi Khan fled to
Hasan Ah Khan, 1212—
1214 A.H. (1797-1799 A.D.). Baban.
In 1212 AH three months after Fathali Shah’s accession, Sobhan Verdi
Khan sent Amanullah Khan, son of Khusrau Khan, to the court of the Shah, at
Tehran with a present of 20,000 tumans in gold, and a request that he should
Bp qent the robe of honour and firman A Persian word meaning a royal order or decree issued by a sovereign, used notably in the Ottoman Empire (sometimes written ‘phirmaund’). of Kurdistan. Amanullah Khan saw Hajji
Ibrahim Khan, Sadr Azam, who advised him to give the Shah the present but to
ask for the firman A Persian word meaning a royal order or decree issued by a sovereign, used notably in the Ottoman Empire (sometimes written ‘phirmaund’). for himself.
On account of the Shah’s journey to Khorasan matters were delayed until
Saffar 1214, when Hassan ’Ali Khan was put in prison and Amanullah Khan
named Vali of Kurdistan.
Amanullah Khan, known as Buzurg or the Great on reaching Kurdistan set
to work to quiet the country, and having got rid
of all his enemies he began embellishing and im
proving the government buildings. Two years later
Hasan’Ali Khan escaped from prison, t)ok refuge
bastnoe, ana assembling a certain number of followers invaded
Kurdistan. Amanullah Khan defeated him in the plain of Menvan took him
prisoner, and sent him to Tehran where he remained in prison until his death. In
1218 Amanullah Khan put to death four sons of Muhammad Rashid Beg who
been the cause of numerous disorders : he thus quieted the country. man _
Khan took great interest in agriculture and bought the greater number of
Kurdistan villages, where he built baths, gardens, residences, and mosques. He
later on started on a second expedition against Abdul Rahman Pasha of Ba ^n,
defeated the Turkish army, and devastated Shahr-i-Zor and the surrounding
country as far as Baghdad.
Tn 1280 A.H. the Shah as a mark of honour sent to Amanullah Khan Surur-
naz Khanum a ladv of his anduran with 10,000 iumans worth of gold and jewels.
Amanullah Khan gave her the name of Kabazar and admitted her to his ami y.
"anullak KhL's request the Shah gave to Khusrau Khan s son
his own daughter, Khosn Jan Khanum, to whom he gave the title of Valieh.
Amanullah Khan went to Teheran to receive her and displayed very great pomp,
his expenses in Tehran amounting to 200,000 tumans.
• Muhammad Hasan Khan, the eldest son of Amanulluh Khan, in a fit of
jealousy at this news, left for Zohab with some notables, and proclaimed himself
and even in the case of the chiefships of
Avroman and Baneh, although the full o
selection was by custom rebuked to one
family, the particular individual to succeed
to a vacancy was named by the Vali.
T. C. Ploioden, 1881.
Amanullah Khan Buzurg maintained a
degree of state and splendour supenor to
anything Kinneir had seen in Persia except
at court.
*•* At the date of Rich’s visit (1820) Aman
ullah Khan, the Vali of Senna, was almost
independent of the Tehran Governm nt
though as a concession to the Persian Coui’t,
he and the chief members of his family
professed the Shiah faith. Amanullah
Khan was a strong ruler, who exacted the
most implicit obedience from his own
children, members, and subjects. He ap
pointed whom he pleased to be Governors
of the different districts of Kurdistan,

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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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