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

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Overview

Based on three decades of ethnographic fieldwork and documentary research, the book traces the political and social history of the Shahsevan, one of the major nomadic peoples of Iran.It is a dramatic story, recounting the mythical origins of the tribes, their unification as a confederacy and their eventual decline.In its synthesis of anthropology and history, the book will make a major contribution to the study of the Middle East and Central Asia, and also to current debates on tribe-state relations and the relationship between identity and history.
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"...Tapper's Frontier Nomads of Iran is the most significant ethnological study of tribes in Persia to have been published during the past decade." Pierre Oberling, Journal of Anthropological Research

"...the rigor with which he examines and uses his sources in the deconstruction and reconstruction of Shahsevan origins and identity is commendable." Philip S. Khoury, American Historical Review

"...a rich, ambitious and complicated book....Clearly, this book is a must for those who want to discuss tribalism in the Middle East in general and of its role in Iran's history in particular." Willem Floor, Journal of the American Oriental Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521029063
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/2/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Middle East Studies Series , #7
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Note on transliteration
Glossary
1 Writing tribal history 1
Pt. I The Safavid state and the origins of the Shahsevan 35
2 'Shahsevani': Safavid tribal policy and practice 39
3 Shahsevan traditions 58
4 Moghan and Ardabil in Safavid times 72
Pt. II The rise of the Shahsevan confederacy 93
5 Badr Khan Sari-Khan-Beyli 95
6 Nazar 'Ali Khan Shahsevan of Ardabil 111
7 The Shahsevan tribal confederacy 129
Pt. III The Shahsevan tribes in the Great Game 147
8 The Russian wars and the loss of Moghan 149
9 The Shahsevan nomads in the mid-nineteenth century 169
10 Nomads and commissars in Moghan 190
Pt. IV The end of the tribal confederacy 217
11 Pastures new: the effects of the frontier closure 221
12 The Shahsevan, the Constitution, the Great War and after 248
13 Settlement and detribalization 283
14 Conclusion: Shahsevan identity and history 315
App. 1 The Shahsevan of Kharaqan and Khamseh 349
App. 2 Lists and histories of Shahsevan tribes 356
App. 3 Some Shahsevan voices 375
Bibliography 389
Index of topics 412
Index of places, peoples, persons, dynasties, parties, companies 417
Index of authors quoted or discussed 425
Index of tribal names 427
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