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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOL. III.' [‎15r] (34/982)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (487 folios). It was created in 1910. 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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Layard says the tribe of Gunduzlu of Khuz'stan is a branch of tlie Afshar
tribe. They were found here by Nadir Shah and compelled by him
to return to the north of Persia, but on his death they again went back
to their former pastures. Before their deportment by INadir, the Afshars
occupied the greater part of the province of Khuzistan to the foot of the
great chain of mountains, and even the country now inhabited by the Ka’b
Arabs, where Dauraq was their principal settlement. The Bakhtiari
were confined to the mountains, and the Afshars were generally sufficiently
powerful and united to oppose them with success if they ventured into the
plain. The Gunduzlu now number 1,500 fighting-men, and acknowledge
the supremacy of the Bakhtiari Chief.
The Afshars are also found round lake Urumich and in the district of Sain
Kaleh in the south-east of the province of Azarbarjan. In the latter the
title was disputed by the Chardaurl tribe, with whom they are in conse
quence in a constant state of feud.
gheil, who commanded a regiment of Afshars of Urumieh, says they
are the wildest and most turbulent lot in Persia, always quarrelling, robbing,
and getting drunk. Nevertheless, they had fine physiques, and had the
making of very excellent soldiers in them.
They have the character in Persia of being officious and loquacious
Abbott mentions coming across encampments of Afshars at several
places on his route from Bam to Shiraz.— fMoner; MaZcoZm; Layard;
Sheil; Abbott; Napier.)
AFZAR— Lat. 28°. 15/ N. Long. 53.° 10/ E. Elev.
A district of Ears, lying south-east of Shiraz and FIruzabad. It pro
duces wheat, barley, tobacco, gram, dates, and cotton.—(Ross.)
AGHA (JAZlRAT-UL-)—L at. 31°. 23' 40" N. Long. 48°. 47'. 30" E. Elev.
An island in the river Karun, opposite Zuwieh.—{Foreign Dept.
Gazetteer, 1905.)
AGHA JARl (1)—
A tribe of Hindlan district (q.v.).
AGHA JARl (2)—
A sub-division of the Pusht-i-Kuh sections of the Kuhgalu tribe inhabit
ing a tract near Behbehan in {Baring.)
AH-ABAD—Lat. Long. Elev.
A village of Ears in the plains of Marvdasht, about 30 miles north-east
of Shiraz.— {MacGregor.)
A predatory tribe inhabiting the Turko-Persian frontier near Khaniqln,
well mounted and well-armed (for the most part) with Peabody-Martini
rifles. The Ahmadawand Baitowl furnish 100 cavalry to the territorial
force of Kirmanshah.— T. C. Plowden.)

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The item is Volume III of the four-volume Gazetteer of Persia (1910 edition).

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 villages, towns, administrative divisions, districts, provinces, tribes, halting-places, religious sects, mountains, hills, streams, rivers, springs, wells, dams, passes, islands and bays. The entries provide details of latitude, longitude, and elevation for some places, and information on history, communications, agriculture, produce, population, health, water supply, topography, climate, military intelligence, coastal features, ethnography, trade, economy, administration and political matters.

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 contains an index map, dated July 1909, on folio 488.

The volume also contains a glossary (folios 481-486).

Compiled in the Division of the Chief of the General Staff, Army Headquarters, India.

Printed at the Government Monotype Press, India.

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1 volume (487 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 489; 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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