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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎12v] (29/220)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (106 folios). It was created in 1911. 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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Rice, first quality,- “ Brinj-sadri,” comes from Rasht. Riee, eeeoftd quality,
“ Brinj-rasmi,” is grown in the province.
About 1,000 cases of tea are received yearly vid Baghdad
Naphtha is received from Russia vid Ardabil and Rasht.
Paper, somavars and crockery come from Russia.
Lemons and oranges come from Mendali vid Kirmanshan.
Gall-nuts, raw hides, ghi, tar, gez (manna), iron in bars and worked iron,
some cotton goods and mercry and haberdashery are received from Penjvin
and Sulaimanieh.
The merchants of Senna only deal through native merchants or direct with
Russia; they have not as yet opened direct
Merchants. relations with other countries. The trade of Kur
distan being limited to the export of local produce, such as gums and gall-nuts,
and to small imports of Russian goods and a few Manchester prints, some tea and
some sugar, no great benefit would be derived by their extending their business
Most of the Christian merchants go every year to the Nijni-Novgorod fair.
For the trade with Turkey we have now fairly reliable data from the Custom
Trade of Kurdistan with House returns, but they only give the items for
Turkey. w ^°^ e province.
There are four offices : Senna, Banneh, Merivan, and Sakiz, and the pro
portion of trade passing through each of these
Analysis of trade with Tur- 0 g^ ces [ s shown by the following analysis of the
key. trade of Kurdistan for the year January 21,
1902-—January 20, 1903.
Ban eh ..
Merivan ..
Banneh imports from Turkey : sugar, dates, iron and worked iron, copper,
cotton and silk goods, drugs, spices, mercery and haberdashery. The importations
from Turkey to Mukri and Sujbu'ak pass through the Banneh Custom House.
Exports from Banneh to Turkey comprise gums, mercry and hardware, tobacco,
native silk goods, and clarified butter.
Merivan exports to Turkey consist of the so-called “red” tobacco, carpets,
silk tissues, henna, wooden combs, mercery, and dried fruits. Imports from
Penjvin and Sulaimanieh to Merivan comprise gall-nuts, iron, worked iron,
dates, a few prints, tea and sugar.
The imports from Turkey to Sakiz comprise sugar, dates, cotton goods,
tobacco from Alan, and tea. Exports consist of guns, dried fruits, salt and
native silk goods.

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Confidential report compiled by Hyacinth Louis Rabino. The report was printed in Simla at the Government Monotype Press, 1911.

The report is divided into three parts (I-III), as follows:

Part I: Geographical and Commercial Notes (folios 6-39) with sections on the province of Kurdistan (including information on cultivation, population, revenue, roads, imports/exports, and the capital, Senna), its tribes (including statistics on population, land, and residences), rivers, and mountains, and appendices comprised of government lists of villages.

Part II: History (folios 40-54) with a chart showing the Valis and Provincial Governors of Kurdistan for the years 1169-1905 (folio 41).

Part III: Gazetteer of Kurdistan (folios 55-104) arranged alphabetically.

At the back of the volume is a glossary (folios 105-06) including notes on the weights used in Kurdistan.

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1 volume (106 folios)

There is a contents page at the front of the volume (f 5) which refers to the volume's original pagination.

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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 108; 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.

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