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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎47r] (98/220)

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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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Khan Pasha extended hia sway from Kerkuk to Hamadan. His subjects
Khan Pasha Baban* were well satisfied with his just and equitable rule.
1132—1136 A.H. (1719—1723 None at the time of the disorders in Persia, and of
the Afghan invasion, ever had power equal to
his. He built a handsome mosque with tall minarets and a rmdrasseh or
school, but a year after its completion it was destroyed by Amanullah Khan
Buzure, who built on its site the Bagh Firdus which still exists.
He remained 4 years in Senna and in 1136 A.H. placed ’Ali Khan, his son,
as governor of Senna, and returned to Baban.
Notwithstanding his youth ’Ali Khan spent his time in the company of
’Ali Khan t 1136—1142 ^ earne ^ men and poets. In 1142 when the iron hand
A.H. (1723—1729 AD) Nadir Shah began to be felt all over Persia, ’Ali
Khan quietly left the country which he had govern-
e d for six years. Nadir Shah Afshar was at that time only commander-in-
c hief of the troops of Shah Tahmasp the second, and was known as Tahmasp
Guli Khan before he ascended the throne.
On the advice of Tahmasp Guli Khan, Shah Tahmasp named ’Abbas
’4bbas OnlinOian Guli Khan Ardalan i as governor of Ardalan, but
A.H. (1729 A D.) ’ Abbas Guli Kban died short l v afterwards and was
succeeded by his son Sobhan Verdi Khan.
Sobhan Verdi Khan was a man of great intelligence. He repaired the
Sobhan Verdi Khan, 1143— tow n of Senna. When in 1147 Nadir was on
1148 A.H. (1730 -1736 his way from Isfahan to Shirvan, he passed through
A.D.) Senna and received from Sobhan Verdi Khan 1,000
maunds of roghan (clarified butter) and 10,000 tumans in gold. Nadir Shah,
however, after his coronation in the plain of Moghanin 1148 A.H. deposed Sobhan
Verdi Khan, and named in his stead his brother Mustapha Guli Khan. Sobhan
Guli Khan had been governor for 5 years and 8 months.
Mustapha Guli Khan was installed governor in
Moharram 114$, but after 3 or 4 months the
people rebelled against him, and Sobhan Verdi
Khan was reappointed Vali.
Winn Nadir Shah in 1153 had returned from
India and marched towards the Kharazm country
to puniih the Bars tribe, he appointed Sobhan
Verdi Khan governor of that district.
Sobhan Khan had at that time been governor of Kurdistan for a little less than
5 years and was replaced by his son Ahmad Sultan, who had followed the Shah
everywhere during the journey to India, and had covered himself with glory by
his great courage. ^
Nadir Shah entrusted to Ahmad Sultan all the territory from Hamadan to
Khan Ahmad Khan, Mosul and gave him title of Khan. In 1154 A.H,
1153-1151: A.H. (1740-1741 Nadir Shah, when in Zaghistan remembering Khan
A.D.). Ahmad Khan’s valour, decided to recall him to the
army and reappoint Sobhan Verdi Khan Vali of
•Mahmud Afghan, 1722—1725 A.D. ♦ Shah’Abbaa III, c \favi 1732—1736
f Ashraf Afghan, 1725—1729 A.D.— A.D. -Nadir Shah Afsh.»; 1736—1747 A.p.
Shah tahma<p Sefavi, 1729—1732 A.D.
14 IB K
Mustapha Guli Khan,
1149 A.H. (1736 A.D.)
Sobhan Verdi Khanf
1149—1153 AH. (1736—
1740 A.D.).

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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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