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'Military Report on South-West Persia, Including the Provinces of Khuzistan (Arabistan), Luristan, and Part of Fars' [‎295] (340/466)

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 OLITE N O. 4 —
J^roTlt Tsj*[tJictn to ctliG/'yia ml hi i* - fyc. Co lit '^1
Names of towns, Tillages, &c.
K hafe
Lon. 51° 40' E.
Lat, 30° 56' 30" N.
Distances in
Descends steeply at i to | the hill-side
to Khafr, a village surrounded by trees
and cultivation (barley and fruit trees),
lying at the head of a deep valley under
tlie Kuli-i-Dina ; a rapid stream flows in the valley ; barometer 22*9'' (6,950').
Khafr is chiefly inhabited by Saiyids and Tajicks, and is said to pay 400 tomans a year.
Besides this, the poll-tax is 12 krans on every man that has done sucking. They pav also
Barometer 22-5' / (7,900/). Crosses
long spur referred to above.
g. They
sheep 1, mare 5 krans.
pay also
met with most plentifully about Dalkhun, Ardakun, Dcilin, Shul, Khullar, and
% each cow 2|' krans, female donkey 2J, male donkey 1
collected by Darab Khan, the Ilb^gi of the Kashkai.
A good mule road leads* to SMraz following the line of undermentioned Kashkai villao-es,
Kiih-i-Diua to Shiraz. ^f''. D ez-i-K'«d, Sideh, Hajiabad, Asupas, Iniamzada Ishmaiel,
MaynijChambouraki, Pul-i-Guvg, Shaikabad. Another road, leads
through Dez-i-Kurd, Khanimun, Dalkhun, Ardakun, Goyum to Shi'raz {see map).
To the south-east of Kuh-i- Dina the hilly country of the Kashkai stretches to Shfraz ; the
hjlls rise to heights bf 8,000' and 9,000', a few of the highest peaks reaching to near 13,000'.
They are separated by fertile valleys, well watered by abundant streams, and grow plenti
fully rice, wheat, barley, maize, vetches, cotton, &c.; vines grow luxuriantly on the hill
slopes, which are also plentifully clothed with stunted oaks ; the belt of tree growth is of the
nature of that described as passed through between Sisakht and Kurrah and follows the line
: Sisakht, Tang-i-Borak, Tang-i-Shul, Kiih-i-Siah.
Mulberry, willow, and walnut trees are found in the valleys.
^ The poorer classes here, as well as throughout Luristan, collect acorns and grind them into
Vines an
For a description of the Kashkai country to the north-east see page 289.
The hills are of conglomerate, sandstone and coloured clays and marls. An idea of the
amount of revenue to be derived from Kashkai villages can be formed from the followinsr
s extracts from a report made by Captain Durand, 1st Assistant Eesident in 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 mal-i-diwani of all Shul (8 villages) is 800 tomans, but 1,200 good is extracted from
(l presume they count the % ryots. ^ Besides this, five tomans are taken for every 1,000
smallest hamlet as a village.) vines, -J kran for every walnut tree, 1 kran for every four appl^ or
apricot trees, cows are taxed 2J krans and sheep 1 kran, but other
untaxed. The poll-tax varies from 1 toman to 35 krans, being imposed in accordance
Rk thf supposed wealth of the sufferer ; the balance that is not paid is made use of by the
jvaadkhuda in hh ushamad (presents) fo ferrashes and others and on his own maintenance. All
ese villages belong to Nasirulla Khan. In Dalkhun, which also belongs to him, the imports
i ei slightly : mal-i-diwaui 4 tomans, poll-tax as for Shul, gardens as for Shul, but large trees
axed ; cows 24, animals 1 kran, except horses or donkeys, which are untaxed. If the Khan
Kives the seed he only g^ts half (instead oF the usual J); if not, he only gets one quarter of
u come. In all these villages, whether ground be cultivated or not, the diwani remains the
same. The best ground in these villages will be taxed at as much as 7 tomans a gau,
castas low as 3 krans. A gau is a space large enough to receive 30 or 40 maunds
Seeds. In speakipg of ma i unds, th,e Tabreez maund is meanjb each mant> 14 kyas Sang-i-
17ilbs. English Ha^nabasi; 14 kyas equal 40 miscals : the Sang-i-Manabasi is also
Tabreez, but contains 16 kj^as.
# Durand.

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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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