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The record is made up of 1 volume (349 folios). It was created in 1914. 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-I-BARIK—There is also AB-BARIK in Kirmanshah.
A small stream of water passing the Meshed-Tehran high road, 2\ miles
west of Lasgird, by a narrow and difficult gorge through the Tuvar hills,
or Tuvar Kan hills, which extend close to Lasgird,— {Schindler.)
A stream in the Kazvln district rising on the southern slopes of the
Kharzan and flowing in a southerly direction to Siahdahan, and thence
into the Abhar river, crossed by the road from the Kazvln to Rasht, 16 miles
from the former.— {Schindler.)
A stream which rises on the Kuh-i-Shuturun and flows into the Khaman-
dab river, near the village Darreh-i-Takht, 53 miles south-east of Burujird.
A river of Ardalan, which joins the Hulvan river at a place called Milleh
Ya’qub, about 5 miles from Sar-i-pul; easily fordable except after rain, when
it may be impassable for some days. At the point of its junction with the
Hulvan, it is said to be spanned by a natural arch of rock which is called
in consequence Pul-i-Khuda (God’s bridge). In the narrow valley which
opens into the plain of Direh are the winter pasture grounds of the
Kirmanshah stud. This spot has been selected as well on account of its
excellent herbage as for the security of its position, shut in between the
hills on one side and the river on the other, and horses reared on it are
celebrated through Persia. The plain is about 4 miles in length and 2
miles in breadth. It was formerly included in the j)dshdlik°oi Zohab,
but after the conquest of that district by the Persians, it was purchased
by the Kalhnr chiefs from its Turkish owners. There are 150 resident
families of Kalhur at Direh, and it also affords winter quarters f»r 400
more, who are nomadic.— (Rawlinson.)
Abi dInarabAd—
A stream rising in the Kuh-i-Shahnishin, south of Burujird and flowing
into the Tah'j river below Dinarabad (q. v.). — {Schindler.)
A stream rising in the hills north-east of Burujird , and flowing south
west past that town until it joins the Kamand-Ab, about 31 miles to the
south-east of Burujird at the village of Bahrain, It then runs south
towards Dizful and joins the Karun at Band-i-Kir. It forms the frontier
between the Bakhtiarl and the Lur tribes, the former living south, the
latter north of it. At Chalanchulan, about 18 miles from Burujird, it is
crossed by the road from Khurramabad. The river is 250 to 300 feet
wide ; current swift; 3| to 4 feet deep. There are the remains of a masonry
bridge here but only four arches are now standing. The river is generally
fordable, except after rain. Schindler on May 1st, 1857, found the river
at Chalanchulan bridge twelve paces wide and 3 to 4 feet deep. For
further information see Vol. III. {BellSchindler.)

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The item is Volume II of the four-volume Gazetteer of Persia (1914 edition).

The volume comprises the north-western portion of Persia, bounded on the west by the Turco-Persian frontier; on the north by the Russo-Persian frontier and Caspian Sea; on the east by a line joining Barfarush, Damghan, and Yazd; and on the south by a line joining Yazd, Isfahan, and Khanikin.

The gazetteer includes entries on human settlements (towns, villages, provinces, and districts); communications (roads, bridges, halting places, caravan camping places, springs, and cisterns); tribes and religious sects; and physical features (rivers, streams, valleys, mountains and passes). Entries include information on history, geography, climate, population, ethnography, resources, trade, 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.

A Note (folio 4) makes reference to a map at the end of the volume; this is not present, but an identical map may be found in IOR/L/MIL/17/15/4/1 (folio 636) and IOR/L/MIL/17/15/4/2 (folio 491).

Printed at the Government of India Monotype Press, Simla, 1914.

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1 volume (349 folios)

The volume contains a list of authorities (folio 6) and a glossary (folios 343-349).

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at inside back cover with 351; 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 also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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