'Report on Kurdistan' [28v] (61/220)
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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head-gear and special clothes and are held m great respect, and were always exempt
from tolls and custom dues. Beyond the mountain on the side of which is this
village and on the path leading to Senna is a river running down a ravine 40
zars deep (I am told). Over this ravine a small suspended bridge made of vine
trees has been thrown, across which the villagers carry travellers and donkeys.
My informant had been over this bridge but, said he, “ once is enough for a life
A district about 16 farsahhs to the west of Senna. Its limits are west
Shahr-i-Zur, south Zohab and Kirmanshah, east
Juvanrud. f villages of Senna and north Avroman. It
numbers over 100 villages surrounded by forests, the usual trees being mazuj
balut, and bon.*
The inhabitants number 15,000 and are Sunni Shafi’s of the Tarikat Pir
and Silsileh Nakhshbandi. In the district there are many families of mulla$
named Sadiki, the descendants of Abu Bekr Sadik.
Cultivation—spring and autumn crops such as wheat, barley, Indian corn,
millet peas, lentils, water-melons, melons, tobacco (tutun) and pomegranates.
Other' products which are exported are:—gazangebin (manna), honey, copal,
The alucheh (small plum) of Paveh is celebrated throughout Kurdistan.
The honey of Juvanrud is very much appreciated ; it is called Asal-Shah-
Badra'n and its like is only found in Sujbulak-Mukri. It is found m barren
places difficult of access in holes at a depth of 1 or 2 feet from the surface.
Industries of the districtSticks, rifle-butts, pipes and pocket knives.
The district is watered by a river descending from the Juvanrud mountains
and by Sarab Huli, a spring in a delicious spot near Paveh.
Asl Maliat, 4,098 tumans.
Juvanrud (Village) ; Elev. 4,755'.
This village is in the centre of the district which is 6 farsahhs either way.
The haleh was built by Ammanullah Khan Bu-
Juva imd village. zurg 12 24 A. H. (1810) on a hill over 20 zars
high, but is now fast going to ruin. Water was brought from the mountains by
means of an ancient dam.
About 20 years ago, by order of Government, another haleh or fort was
begun here but never finished. The climate at this spot is not good. The
village has four mosques. Of this village Captain Burton (1897) says
“ A town of Persian Kurdistan, about 40 miles north-west of Kirmanshah.
It stands on the right bank of a small stream running down from a range following
wooded vrassy hills, which runs along the south-west of the Halabij ah-kirmanshah
road parallel to the Shahu mountains. The country round is grassy and undulating,
and to the west rise the high peaks of the Saraban mountains and the Bamg. s
range 10 miles distant, the country between being clothed with thick forests of
dwarf oak. Water is abundant and the numerous channels show a large area _ of
ground formerly under cultivation. The town now (1879) is deserted and in rums
♦Gall-nut, oak and myrobolan.
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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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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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