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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOL. III. PART I: A to K' [‎79r] (162/1278)

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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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tics of the imports via Bushire and the ports of ’Arabistan (to which a great
deal of the Bushire trade has lately been deflected) for the last five years.
The figures have been converted at the rate of 50 krans to the 11. :—

Arabistan .
It will thus be seen that while the Bushire imports have steadily declined
during the last three years, the ’Arabistan figures have increased sufficiently
to render the total fairly stable.
The currency is that of Persia, with the silver krdn as a basis, and nickel
and copper coins of smaller values. The krdn has a fluctuating value be
tween annas 4 and annas 4|, the coin chiefly in circulation being a piece of
hrdns 2. Besides the 1 and 2 krdn pieces there are a limited number of silver
5 krdn pieces in use. The nickel coins are pieces of the value of 1 and
2 shdhis, respectively ; 20 shdhis going to 1 krdn. Copper pieces are called
'pul-i-sidh, which are subject to great fluctuations in value ; though the unit
of these coins may be taken to be worth 2 shdhis. The tumdn is an ima
ginary unit, though of the fixed value of krdns 10. Besides these the Turkish
lira, a gold piece of a fluctuating value of about Rs. 14, and the Indian rupee
have no difficulty in finding a market of exchange. The only fixed weight
is the misqdl, which is used as a standard for comparing different weights ;
100 misqdls are equal to 1 lb. avoirdupois. The commonest weight in use
is the man, which is extremely variable. Those that come under notice in
the province are—
■ .
) =148
( do
) =160
( do.
) =168
) = 15*4871bs.
( do.
) =392
( do.
) =13-25 lbs.
(Imperial Customs) =6’675 lbs.
Besides these, Dizful, Fallahieh, Hawizeh and Ramuz each have their
local man. Each man is uniformly divided into 8 charaks. Grain is
nominally sold by the kharwdr, which contains 50 Shah or 100 Tabriz man.
The unit of linear measure is the zar, which is as nearly as possible 41 inches.
The unit of square measurement is the jarlb, which has a superficial area
of about-2| acres, though n practice it is somewhat variable.
Climatic conditions.—See ’Arabistan (Northern).
Communications. —The Persian telegraph line connects Muhammareh
with Ahwaz and that place with Shushtar ; while a line runs from Ahwaz
* Exclusive of Analo-Persian Oil Company’s machinery, etc.
t Exclusive of Anglo-Persian Oil Company’s machinery of 67,144J.

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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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