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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎22v] (49/220)

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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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Sahiz to Sujbulak.
Farsahhhs. Sakiz.
6 Bukan.
10 Issaken.
16 Sujbulak.
Sakiz to Baneh ; see under the heading Baneh.
This district is about 12 farsaJchs to the east of Senna The n residence of the
Tf governor r o" he district was Kaslawhere Amman-
uhah Khan Buzurg had built a fine res dence, but
it is now in ruins and the governor is constantly on the move from one villag) to
another and has no fixed res'dence.
The district is said to have 94 villages and had in 1892 14,000 inhabitants.
Autumn and summer crops of all kinds.
Asl Maliat, 7,110 tumans, 4 krans, and 400 dinars.
In 1878 Napier wrote of this district: “A portion of Kurdistan traversed
by the Tabriz-Kirmanshah caravan road between Khusruabad and Sarab-Kat.
The country is undulating and easy.
The mahal, or district, numbers over sixty villages, of which three only—
Sirishabad, Kurba, or Kurveh on the high road, and Kaslan—have over a hundred
houses. The villages are all dome-roofed. The average number of houses in each
is 20 to 30. A good deal of grain is exported hence to Hamadan, locil prices
being somewhat higher than at Bijar, but less than half the current rate at
Hamadan, distant only two days’ journey. Carriage is scarce ; mules may be
procured in the villages, but not in large numbers. No camels. It is in the
Kurdistan province on the borders of Kirmanshah. A large tributary of the
Kizil Uzun known as the Kichigird or Zalvarrud crosses it; it is unbridged, but
offers no obstacle save at times of high flood.”
This district is 18 farsakhs from Senna to the north. It numbers fifteen
villages and was formerly part of Sakiz. It num-
Karartu. berg about inhabitants and its only produce is
wheat and barley.
Asl Maliat, 522 tumans.
This wonderful district is famous for some underground dwellings. Mr.
Waffelaert says it may be an underground city similar
Maktareh San-baba. tQ that at ghustar. I give word for word the descrip
tion of it as I received it in writing from a native. “There is here a remarkable
taleh, the termination of which nobody has yet been able to reach. On
entering the place with lights one sees to the right three rooms cut in the rock,
the doors and windows of which are of finely chiselled stone. To the left
is a tomb known as Makbereh Sari Baba. A few paces further on is a courtyard
20 zars long and as many wide. The ground is damp and the place is full
of sticks; it is said that anybody entering the place with a stick must leave
it here. In this yard there is a block of stone resembling a coffin, and inside it

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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.

Extent and format
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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