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'Report on Kurdistan' [‎102r] (208/220)

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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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3r 5 JeaN
to Seniu
A village of the district of Sarah— {Government list.)
YAKUABAD (Baneh) —
A village of the district of Bench. It is on the Baneh-Sardasht road
at 2 farsakhs from Baneh— {Customs.)
A village of 50 houses in Ardalan, 15| miles south of Khusruabad on the
road to Sungur and Kirmanshah.— {Napier.)
YAMENAN or Y AMIN AN (Javarud)—
In the district of JavdTnd—{Government list.)
YAMENAN (Lower)—Elev. 5,500'.
In the valley of the same name above its iunclion with the Gav-rud ; consists
of 30 houses of Kurds. The village is dirty and wretched-looking, and the houses
mere filthy hovels : it presents a great contrast to the luxuriant cornfields, and
the fine walnut, poplars, and oak trees lining the abundant stream draining
the valley. About miles higher up is Upper Yamenan. The hill-sides are
bare of trees, but hold small bushes and abundant grass. The valley is here
very narrow, the cultivable ground being only about 100 yards wide : 1^ miles
below it opens out somewhat: the mountains rise very steeply on either hand.
— [Burton.)
YAMENAN (Upper) — Elev. 5,670'.
Stands in the valley of the same name, IJ miles above lower Yamenan. The
valley here is a mere gorge ; the strip of cultivation only 30 or 40 yards broad : fine
walnut trees line the rushing stream : there are also some willow, poplar, and
fruit trees. The mountains rise very steeply on either hand. There are 30
houses of Kurds. The grazing is very good on the mountain sides, which
contain also small bushes, but no trees. A number of cattle and sheep are owned
by the villagers.— {Burton.)
YAMENAN (Valley)—
A valley of Persian Kurdistan running down from the east side of the Abdalan
Kuh to the Gav-rud, which it joins on the Senna-Kirmanshah road some 50
odd miles north of Kirmanshah. It contains the two villages of Upper and
Lower Yamenan, numbering some 60 houses. The length of the valley from
Sardarreh pass at its head is 5J miles; and it is traversed for the upper 3 miles
by the path from Senna to Javanrud via the bridge of Darvish-Beg. The lower
part is about £ mile wide, the upper a mere ravine with a cultivable width of
30 or 40 yards only. The water is very abundant, and the stream down to
Lower Yamenan lined with magnificent walnut trees : in the lower portion there
are willows, poplars, and fruit trees. The corn above Upper Yamenan is not
ripe till August: below, it is cut at the end of July. The grazing in the side
valleys and the head and upper slopes of the mountains is very good.— {Burton.)
A mountain of eastern Ardalan, seen on the west from Eaki-Sulaiman, which
is 34 miles south of Senna.— {Gerard.)

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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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