Frontier Nomads of Iran: A Political and Social History of the Shahsevan

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 1997 - History - 429 pages
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Richard Tapper's 1997 book, which is based on three decades of ethnographic fieldwork and extensive documentary research, traces the political and social history of the Shahsevan, one of the major nomadic peoples of Iran. The story is a dramatic one, recounting the mythical origins of the tribes, their unification as a confederacy, and their decline under the Pahlavi Shahs. The book is intended as a contribution to three different debates. The first concerns the riddle of Shahsevan origins, while another considers how far changes in tribal social and political formations are a function of relations with states. The third discusses how different constructions of the identity of a particular people determine their view of the past. In this way, the book promises not only to make a major contribution to the history and anthropology of the Middle East and Central Asia, but also to theoretical debates in both disciplines.
 

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I was a child when my Gradma used to tell us stories. Azamat khanom had 17 sons & in laws.
All together 70 armed forces. Her people used to come to Ardebil & pick several houses
& they would take
away about a third of their belongings & go away.
As my Grandma & my older uncle used to say. These people attacked grandpa's shoe store in Ardebil Bazzar for
3 times in 2 years & their house 2 times in the same 2 years. The family was left with nothing.
The family lived a terrible life afterward. Good ending started a new life for Ardebil when.
Reza Shah appointed General Taimoortash to clean up Azamat Khanom & Polatlu misery.
Taimoortas Came to Ardebil with 500 men. Azamat Khanom did not dare to fight. Therefore they all surrendered.
Taimoortash Hung 17 of immediate family members of Azamat khanoom & let Azamat Khanoom free in Ardebil.
People gave her food & they tried to be good to her, unlike what she had done. She died soon after.
Nasser Sabahi.
Laguna Niguel CA.
 

Contents

PARTI The Safavid state and the origins of the Shahsevan
35
Shahsevan traditions
58
Moghan and Ardabil in Safavid times
72
The rise of the Shahsevan confederacy
93
Nazar All Khan Shahsevan of Ardabil
111
The Shahsevan tribal confederacy
129
The Shahsevan tribes in the Great Game
147
The Shahsevan nomads in the midnineteenth century
169
The Shahsevan the Constitution the Great War and after
248
Settlement and detribalization
283
Shahsevan identity and history
315
The Shahsevan of Kharaqan and Khamseh
349
Lists and histories of Shahsevan tribes
356
Some Shahsevan voices
375
Bibliography
389
Index of topics
412

Nomads and commissars in Moghan
190
The end of the tribal confederacy
217

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