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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎51r] (106/220)

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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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For two months Rizs Guli Rlian's authority was supreme in Kurdistan.
• He was then replaced by Amanullah Khan, known
Amanullah Khan known Ghulam Shah Khan, his younger brother,
as Ghulam Shah Khan, 1260
A.H. (1844 A.D.).
The new governor treated his brother’s adherents with great severity. He
had Amanullah Beg Vakil, the Pishkar of Riza Guli Khan, banished, and also
banished his other followers to Sulaimanieh. Mirza Rahim Khan Pishkhidmat
was sent by the government to remove Tuba Khanum from Senna to Isfandabad.
This lady wrote to Mirza Agassi, Sadr Azam, who after some time promised to re
instate Riza Guli Khan and to depose Amanullah Khan. Amanullah Khan’s
rule lasted five months.
On his return to Kurdistan Riza Guli Khan had all the persons executed who
had been the cause of Amanullah Beg Vakil’s
ioS Z a death, amongst whom were Jaffar Guli Khan, Bani
1262 A.H. (1844—1846 A.D). Arda | aIlj Mirza i sma il Daroga, and Mirza Ibrahim
Munshi A secretary or political assistant working in the British administration in the Gulf, often also providing linguistic interpretation. : he re-established order in his province.
Two years later his enemies informing the Shah that he was a friend of Bahman
Mirza, Khusrau Khan Khajjeh, a descendant of the Valis of Georgia, was sent from
Tehran with the horsemen of Zein-ul-Abdin Khan Shahsayend, Sulaiman Khan
Afshar, and others to seize Bahman Mirza and Riza Guli Khan. „ <i
Khusrau Khan left for Azarbaijan, but on hearing of Bahman Mirza’s arrival
in Tehran he immediately turned towards the frontier of Kurdistan. He then
informed Riza Guli Khan that he had been sent by the Shah on a special mission,
and that he would be obliged by his coming to see him. Riza Guli Khan, unaware
of any designs against him, went to lunch in Khusrau Khan s Khusrau
Khan’s men fell on the Vail’s men and relieved them of all they had r and Riza
Guli Khan was sent in chains to Tehran.
Khusrau Khan Gurgi was then named governor of Kurdistan.
At the news of this great injustice many of the most important people of Kurdi
stan went to Tehran, where they took refuge in the Masjid-i-Shah. Haji Mirza Agassi
saw his mistake, but was obliged to send a regiment
and 4 guns under ’Ali Khan Karagozlu to help
Khusrau Khan. He also persecuted the Kurds who
had come to Tehran, hoping thus to make them
This did not succeed, and it is even said that Muham
mad Beg Vakil received 5,000 strokes of the stick in the Shah s presence, and
yet refused to return to Kurdistan.
Khusrau Khan Gurgi, 1262
—1264 A.H. (1846—1848
abandon Riza Guli Khan.
At the Shah’s death in 1264 Riza Guli Khan, who was a prisoner in the
artillery park at the village of Tajrish, was against his own wish released by his
people, and left for Kurdistan at the head of the Garrus regiment. ^ At this news
Khusrau Khan with one regiment and 2 guns fled vid Garrus and Zinjan.
Riza Guli Khan re-established quiet at the frontier. When Nasr-ud-Din
Riza Guli Kh n, 1264- Shah left Tabriz for Tehran, Amanullah Khan,
1265 A.H. (1848-1849 A.D.). Riza Guli Khan’s younger brother, went to meet
him at Sultanieh and Riza Guli Khan sent Muhammad ’Ali Khan Sakizzi and Allah
Guli Daroga to meet him with large presents.
Six months later Riza Guli Khan was deposed and replaced by his brother
Amanullah 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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