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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOL. III. PART I: A to K' [‎27r] (58/1278)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (635 folios). It was created in 1924. 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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Ada KHAN— Lat. Long. Elev.
A village in Ears, situated in a plain sparsely dotted with villages, which
is visible from the summit of a ridge, 40 miles from Shiraz on the road to
Ahwaz, and near Tang-i-Rudian.—
AFARABAD—Lat. 30° 27' N.; Long. 56° 53' E. ; Elev. 5,520'.
A large village, 15 miles north-west of Kirman, on the road to Yazd, via
Zarand. Supplies are procurable in considerable quantities.— (Sykes, 1894.)
A stream 23 miles south-west of Khurramabad crossed by the road from
Dizful. Water from stream : wood plentiful : grazing fair. (Report of a
Journey through the Bakhtidri country to Shilshtar — Bell — Wilson, 1911.)
A tribe of Persians who are spread over Kirman, Fars, Luristan, and Khu-
zistan, and round the lake of UrGmieh. No good account of them is available.
They are said to be of Turkish origin and to speak a dialect of that language.
Morier says their two principal branches are Shamlu and Karklu, and
they number 20,000 families. They principally reside in towns and are
to be found in great numbers at Ab-i-Vard, the birthplace of Nadir Shah,
who was of the Karklu branch of this tribe, and at Kalat, the place so care
fully peopled and strengthened by that conqueror. The Afshars are looked
on with great suspicion by the present dynasty of Persia. They were
one of the seven Turkish tribes to whom Shah Isma’Il Safavi owed
much of his success, and to whom, in consequence, he gave the name of
Kizil Bash. Napier adds that Shah Isma’Il Safavi, who brought the clan
from Azarbaljan, whither they had emigrated in the track of Tartar traders
from the banks of the Jaxartes, settled there in the open valley of the
Qibqan, in which are the hamlets of Darband Qibqan, the first village
in the state of Darreh Gaz.
AFZAR—Lat. 28° 15' N. ; Long. 53° 10' E. ; Elev.
A district of Fars, lying south-east of Shiraz and Flruzabad. It pro
duces wheat, barley, tobacco, gram, dates and cotton.
The inhabitants are mainly sedentary Turks, with a proportion of Persian
tdjiks or peasants. They are entirely under the control of the Qashqai
Chiefs, who for the most part own the lands.
The district consists of two plains, one that of Afzar, to the north, the
second, immediately south of it, that of Laghar and Maku, on the right and
left bank respectively of the Mund, here known as the Waz River. All the
villages have extensive irrigated lands, and a vastly larger area could be
brought under cultivation.
The total sedentary population is about 3,000. In winter many nomad
Qashqai camp in the district, which is on one of the main lines of tribal
migration southwards.— (Wilson, 1911.)
A river 25 mi^s from Shustar on the road to Deh Luran. Banks
sloping and easy. 8 yards broad. 4 to 6 inches ((Ranking, 1908.)

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The item is Volume III, Part I: A to K of the four-volume Gazetteer of Persia (Provisional Edition, 1917, reprinted 1924).

The volume comprises that portion of south-western Persia, which is bounded on the west by the Turco-Persian frontier; on the north and east by a line drawn through the towns of Khaniqin [Khanikin], Isfahan, Yazd, Kirman, and Bandar Abbas; and on the south by the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .

The gazetteer includes entries on towns, villages, districts, provinces, tribes, forts, dams, shrines, coastal features, islands, rivers, streams, lakes, mountains, passes, and camping grounds. Entries include information on history, geography, climate, population, ethnography, administration, water supply, communications, caravanserais, trade, produce, and agriculture.

Information sources are provided at the end of each gazetteer entry, in the form of an author or source’s surname, italicised and bracketed.

The volume includes an Index Map of Gazetteer and Routes in Persia (folio 636), showing the whole of Persia with portions of adjacent countries, and indicating the extents of coverage of each volume of the Gazetteer and Routes of Persia , administrative regions and boundaries, hydrology, and major cities and towns.

Printed at the Government of India Press, Simla, 1924.

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1 volume (635 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 637; 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. Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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