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‘Gazetteer of Persia, Part III, including Fārs, Lūristān, Arabistān, Khūzistān, Yazd, Karmānshāh, Ardalān, Kurdistān’ [‎27v] (59/686)

The record is made up of 1 volume (336 folios). It was created in 1885. 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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AB GARMAYA—Lat. Long. Eley.
A valley in Khuzistan situate to the north of Masjid-i-Suliman.
AB-I-’ALISHTAR—Lat. Long. Elev.
A river of Khuzistan, so called from the plain of 'Alishtar, which is
a level flat of great extent, bounded east by a noble chain of moun
tains named Chihal Na Balighan (40 Infants), vide ^Alishtar,
It is a shallow river, forded without difficulty. (Rawlinson.)
AB-I-ANJlRAN—(?) Lat. Long.^ Elev.
A rivulet between Firuzabad and Fanaihband, Ears. {Ross, 1875.)
AB-I-BALARUD—Lat. Long. Elev.
A river in Khuzistan, which rises in the hills of Mangarah and
Shahzada Ahmad, and, after a course of about 40 miles, flows into
the river of Dizful, a short distance (5 miles) below that town.
At 18 miles from Dizful it is crossed by the Khuramabad—Dizful road,
the last halting place being on its banks. In the dry season it
is a mere rivulet, containing scarcely a foot's depth of water,
but when there is any heavy rain in the hills, it comes down in
a torrent of tremendous force. On one occasion, when the Shah of
Persia was crossing it with an army, 50 horsemen are said to have
been swept away, and the force was delayed on its banks for two
days. The bed of this river is covered with pebbles, filled with
little fossil shells called Sang-i-Birinj (rice-stone) from their re
semblance to grains of rice. These are much in request by Per
sians for the heads of their pipes, which are scarcely ever composed
of anything else but this stone, set in silver. There was formerly
a brick bridge over this river on the road from Khuzistan to Kar-
manshah, but it is now destroyed. There are still traces of Alexan
der's old road, a stone pavement and the ruins of a 5-arched bridge.
A little further down is a modern bridge with one arch, out of the
five there were, still standing. {Rawlinson — Schindleri)
At 15 miles from Dizful the stream is 100 yards wide, and flows in
a bed 50 feet deep, banks steep, of conglomerate; rapids and shallows
are numerous in its course, bed of pebbles and large boulders; stony
undulations, affording excellent grazing, border the river. It falls into
the Ab-i-Dizful, 8 miles south-west of Dizful. {Bell)
AB-I-BARlK.—Lat. Long. Elev.
A stream in Ears crossed by the road from Zarghun to Shiraz, at 10
miles from the latter. {Ouseley.)
AB-I-BlD (ABBUp)-~Lat. Long. Elev. 600'.
Khuzistan, exactly midway between Shustar and
Dizful, being 18 2 miles from both places. It has a large unfinished
castellated building belonging to the IlkhanI of the Bakhtiaris. It
contains about 3 families, but supplies are plentiful, and there is a
good spring of sweet water. {Wells—Baring.)
Bell (1st April 1884) describes it as a very small village with a
high-wa led enclosure, the fort of the Ilkhani of the Bakhtiaris and
his winter residence. It lies about 2 miles from the foot of the near

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The third of four volumes comprising a Gazetteer of Persia. The volume, which is marked Confidential, covers Fārs, Lūristān [Lorestān], Arabistān, Khūzistān [Khūzestān], Yazd, Karmānshāh [Kermānshāh], Ardalān, and Kurdistān. The frontispiece states that the volume was revised and updated in April 1885 in the Intelligence Branch of the Quartermaster General’s Department in India, under the orders of Major General Sir Charles Metcalfe Macgregor, Quartermaster-General in India. Publication took place in Calcutta [Kolkata] by the Superintendent of Government Printing, India, in 1885.

The following items precede the main body of the gazetteer:

The gazetteer includes entries for human settlements (villages, towns and cities), geographic regions, tribes, significant geographic features (such as rivers, canals, mountains, valleys, passes), and halting places on established routes. Figures for latitude, longitude and elevation are indicated where known.

Entries for human settlements provide population figures, water sources, location relative to other landmarks, climate. Entries for larger towns and cities can also include tabulated meteorological statistics (maximum and minimum temperatures, wind direction, remarks on cloud cover and precipitation), topographical descriptions of fortifications, towers, and other significant constructions, historical summaries, agricultural, industrial and trade activities, government.

Entries for tribes indicate the size of the tribe (for example, numbers of men, or horsemen), and the places they inhabit. Entries for larger tribes give tabulated data indicating tribal subdivisions, numbers of families, encampments, summer and winter residences, and other remarks.

Information sources are provided at the end of each gazetteer entry, in the form of an author or source’s surname, italicised and bracketed.

Extent and format
1 volume (336 folios)

The gazetteer’s entries are arranged in alphabetically ascending order.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 341; 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 volume has two printed pagination systems, the first of which uses Roman numerals and runs from I to XIII (ff 3-10), while the second uses Arabic numerals and runs from 1 to 653 (ff 12-338).

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‘Gazetteer of Persia, Part III, including Fārs, Lūristān, Arabistān, Khūzistān, Yazd, Karmānshāh, Ardalān, Kurdistān’ [‎27v] (59/686), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/MIL/17/15/1, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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