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

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

by Richard Tapper
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521583365

ISBN-13: 9780521583367

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Based on three decades of ethnographic fieldwork and documentary research, this 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,

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Based on three decades of ethnographic fieldwork and documentary research, this 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521583367
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #7
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Note on transliteration; Glossary; 1. Writing tribal history; Part I. The Safavid State and the Origins of the Shahsevan: 2. 'Shahsevani': Safavid tribal policy and practice; 3. Shahsevan traditions; 4. Moghan and Ardabil in Safavid times; Part II. The Rise of the Shahsevan Confederacy: 5. Badr Khan Sari-Khan-Beyli; 6. Nazar 'Ali Khan Shahsevan of Ardabil; 7. The Shahsevan tribal confederacy; Part III. The Shahsevan Tribes in the Great Game: 8. The Russian wars and the loss of Moghan; 9. The Shahsevan nomads in the mid-nineteenth century; 10. Nomads and commissars in Moghan; Part IV. The End of the Tribal Confederacy: 11. Pastures new: the effects of the frontier closure; 12. The Shahsevan, the Constitution, the Great War and after; 13. Settlement and detribalization; 14. Conclusion: Shahsevan identity and history; Appendices; Bibliography; Indexes.

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