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'Military Report on South-West Persia, Including the Provinces of Khuzistan (Arabistan), Luristan, and Part of Fars' [‎225] (244/466)

The record is made up of 1 volume (390 pages). It was created in 1885. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: Printed Collections.


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R oute N o. 1 — contd.
I'rom ^hi hammer ah to Tehran, —contd.

Names of towns, villages, &c.
Distances in
The road soon takes to the bed of the stream, and follows it for \ a mile, after which it
keeps on its right bank.
Much of the rock is of a blue colour and of a hard cherty nature with veins of felspar.
10 I Zoeum ... j ... ... | A square fort of about 200' side, sur-
' ^ I rounded by a small village, is left J a
The valley here is grassy and 4 miles wide. More poplars are now
grown round about the villages than heretofore. They average 3" to 6" in diameter, height
15 to 30, and would provide material for bridging the river in the valley (crib piers). Road
of hard surface and in good order.
Crosses many small streams flowing from the Ab-i-Burujird,
mile to the westward.
soil clay ; valley well-cultivated; wheat 6" high.
A small village.
Streams have flooded this section of the
road, and many difficult swamps occur ;
20 [ 12
Arrive Burujird on the left hank of
the Ab-i-Dizful ; barometer 24 , 7' / ; tem-
Bxjeujird (elevation
i 1 5,375').
perature 58° at 4 p.m.
The road merely requires to be ditched in places, and to have the Ab-i-Biirujird conducted
across it to form it into an excellent cart-road.
Burujird is a town of importance, from whence branch caravan roads to all the fertile
agricultural and commercial districts of Persia, viz.:—
I*— Po Karmanshah, Hamadan, and North-West Persia.
II- To Sultanabad, Tehran, and North and North-East Persia.
To Isfahan, lazd, and East and South-East Persia.
ly-To Dizful and South-West Persia.
It is distant from Hamadan 4 stages, or 95 miles; from Karmanshah, 6 stages, or 120
to 165 miles ; from Tehran, 14 to 16 stages, or 283 miles, via Hamadan, and 11 or 12 stages,
or 230 miles, via Sultanabad ; and from Isfahan, 10 stages, or 230 miles.
. 1883 wheat sold in Karmanshah at 20 and barley at 10 krans per kharwar (675 lbs);
in 1884 the prices were 15 and 10 krans respectively. In its vicinity the cultivation of opium
is largely increasing.
Situated in a fertile valley, extending more or less in a north-west and south-east direc-
tlon to Karmanshah and Isfahan, and but three marches distant from Khoramabad, at the head
oi the only practicable pass leading from Shustar, Dizful, and Muhammerah through the hills of
Lunstan (including the Bakhtiari hills extending to Isfahan), its great commercial and military
importance to a naval power is very great. The line Muhammerah-Dizful-Khoramabad-
•Durujird-Sultanabad-Kum-Tehran may be considered to be the natural commercial artery of
^rersia. A line of railway, when the country is ripe for such, should doubtless approximately
lollow it, for the country is more favourable to its construction on this line than on others ; the
physical features of the country also favour the construction of feeders to it from Karmanshah,
Hamadan, Isfahan, &c. In the latter direction the valley of the Ab-i-Burujird extends to
^ T\ ar l?" i ' Bahre ! 11 ' aT1 ^ va ll e J 0 f the Kemenderab to Ali Gudar. Between Ali Giidar
an ^ is the watershed between the latter, the eastern tributary of the Dizful river
and the Afhiis river, the northern branch of the Zaindariid {seepages 253, 278, 2S8).
^ Ihe town is said to contain from 15 to 20,000 inhabitants (4,000 houses). It is noted
or us manufacture of printed chintzes : the cotton used comes chiefly from the rich district
or lusurkan to its north-west. It occupies, together with its outskirts, an area of about
In ^ es ' up more or less the valley between the hills bordering the Dizful river,
ich here narrows to a width of about 3 to 4 miles. The hills to the east here sink into
pomparafavely low undulations ; those to the west retain their elevation and are snow-topped.
J-ne latterm for the Alwand range.

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Military Report on South-West Persia, Including the Provinces of Khuzistan (Arabistan), Luristan, and Part of Fars by Major and Bt. Lieut-Col. Mark S. Bell, V.C., R.E.

Publication Details: Simla: Government Central Branch Press, 1885. Prepared in the Intelligence Branch of the Quarter Master General's Department in India.

Physical Description: 3 maps in end pockets. 41 plates.

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1 volume (390 pages)

This volume contains a table of contents giving chapter headings and page references.

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Dimensions: 245mm x 150mm

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