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Author Tapper, Richard

Title Frontier nomads of Iran : a political and social history of the Shahsevan / Richard Tapper
Published New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997
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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 429 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Cambridge Middle East studies ; 7
Contents 1. Writing tribal history -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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 -- pt. 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 -- App. 1. The Shahsevan of Kharaqan and Khamseh -- App. 2. Lists and histories of Shahsevan tribes -- App. 3. Some Shahsevan voices
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-411) and indexes
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Subject Shahsevan (Iranian people)
Iran -- History -- Qajar dynasty, 1794-1925
Iran -- History -- 20th century
Form Electronic book
Genre/Form History.
ISBN 0585039739