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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎50r] (104/220)

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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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chief of the Kurdish tribes that spend the winter in the plain of Zohab.
He raised an arm> and started for Kurdistan. His father sent many of his people
to cry and arrange a reconciliation but w ithout success.
The matter having reached the ears of the central authorities Qaim Maqam
on behalf of ’A.bbas M.rza Naib-us-Sultaneh wrote a letter to Muhammad Hassan
Khan reques'hu him to desist from hss enterprise. Baba ’An Khan Shater Bashi,
who had been sent specially by the Shah, had no better success, and Amanullah
Khan was compelled to march against his son. The two armies met near the
village of Narawi in the disrrict of Ruvansar in Kurdistan. Being still loth to
fight his own son, Amanullah Khan sent Baba ’ Ali Khan, the Shah s messenger
and MuUa’Abbas Shaikh-ul-Islam to endeavour to effect a reconciliation but
with no success. Father and son met consequently m battle, and amongst their
followers the same thing happened; fathers were pitted against their own sons
uncles against their nephews. Muhammad Hasan Khan who had displayed
great courage, was shot and knocked off his horse by Mirza Lutfullah and
taken prisoner. Seeing their Chief wounded and prisoner his followers took to
flight. Four hundred and forty men, all notables of Kurdistan fell during the
battle, and 110 prisoners were put to death by order of Amanullah Khan.
Muhammad Sadik Khan, another son of Amanullah Khan, who had been
fighting on his father’s side, was also wounded.
Amanuilah Khan had his two sons carried back to Senneh, but whilst
Muhammad Sadik Khan soon recovered, Muhammad Hasan Khan only survived
his defeat for a month.
Ever after his son’s death Amanullah Khan’s mental faculties seemed to
decline He died in 1240 A.H. having ruled over Kurdistan for 27 years, and
was succeeded by his son Khusrau Khan, the Shah’s son-in-law, who was known
as Nakam or the short-lived.
In 1243 \H during the famine he distributed 50,000 taghars, of 45 maunds
^ tt -1 ' xiakam Tabrizi, of wheat to the people against their promise
, 240 -Sa H ( “ 82 “ of payment after the famine. When the biUs for
1240 12oC A. 4 ^ purpose to the extern of 150,000 tumans were
presented to him before being encashed, by Mirza Farajullah Khan Vazir, he had
them all thrown into the fire.
In 1246 A H. Shahzad-Beg Kurd, known as Mir of Ruvanduz devastated
t Xihulak Mukri and Sardasht. Khusrau Khan collected his troops
and defeated the Mir of Ruvanduz, from whom he exacted a fine of 80 000 tumans
having obtained assurance of the Mir’s fature good behaviour, he returned
to Kurdistan.
T 10 17 A H Mahmud Pasha Baban fled from Sulaiman Pasha, his brother,
/root ^fL“n P™sia Khusrau Khan invaded Turkey, replaced Mahmud
“asha as govmnor of Sulaimanieh, and forced Sulaiman Pasha to take refuge
In 1250 A H. plague broke out in Senna and the people abandoned the town.
Khusrau Kh/n pitched his camp at about 1,000 paces from Senna ; he caught the
Section and “fed after seven days' illness during the month of Bab.-ul-Aval
of the same year. -
He was 29 at the time of his death, and had three sons and three daughters
by his wife, the Shah’s daughter.
1 A Vavr-mo cnn Riza Guli Khan, then 10 years old, but Kurdi-
R ® e <r KhT 1250- Stan was m mality governed by Valieh, the widow
1258 A.H ( 1834 —1842 A.D.) of Khusrau Khan.

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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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