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Author Khazeni, Arash.

Title Tribes & empire on the margins of nineteenth-century Iran / Arash Khazeni
Published Seattle : University of Washington Press, ©2009


Description 1 online resource (xi, 292 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Publications on the Near East
Publications on the Near East, University of Washington.
Contents On the periphery of nineteenth-century Iran -- The city of Isfahan and its hinterland -- A road through the mountains -- In the fields of oil -- The Bakhtiyari tribes in the Iranian Constitutional Revolution
Summary Tribes and Empire on the Margins of Nineteenth-Century Iran traces the history of the Bakhtiyari tribal confederacy of the Zagros Mountains through momentous times that saw the opening of their lands to the outside world. As the Qajar dynasty sought to integrate the peoples on its margins into the state, the British Empire made commercial inroads into the once inaccessible mountains on the frontier between Iran and Iraq. The distance between the state and the tribes was narrowed through imperial projects that included the building of a road through the mountains, the gathering of geographical and ethnographic information, and the exploration for oil, which culminated during the Iranian Constitutional Revolution. These modern projects assimilated autonomous pastoral nomadic tribes on the peripheries of Qajar Iran into a wider imperial territory and the world economy. Tribal subjects did not remain passive amidst these changes in environment and society, however, and projects of empire in the hinterlands of Iran were always mediated through encounters, accommodation, and engagement with the tribes. In contrast to the range of literature on the urban classes and political center in Qajar Iran, Arash Khazeni adopts a view from the Bakhtiyari tents on the periphery. Drawing upon Persian chronicles, tribal histories, and archival sources from London, Tehran, and Isfahan, this book opens new ground by approaching nineteenth-century Iran from its edge and placing the tribal periphery at the heart of a tale about empire and assimilation in the modern Middle East. --From publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Bakhtiari (Iranian people) -- Government relations -- History -- 19th century
Bakhtiari (Iranian people) -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Tribes -- Iran -- History -- 19th century
Imperialism -- Social aspects -- Iran -- History -- 19th century
Land settlement -- Iran -- History -- 19th century
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Civil Rights.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Human Rights.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Qajar Dynasty (Iran)
Ethnic relations
Imperialism -- Social aspects
Land settlement
Politics and government.
Stamm Ethnologie
SUBJECT Zagros Mountains Region (Iran and Iraq) -- History -- 19th century
Iṣfahān Region (Iran) -- History -- 19th century
Iran -- History -- Qajar dynasty, 1794-1925.
Iran -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Iran -- Ethnic relations -- History -- 19th century
Subject Iran
Middle East -- Zagros Mountains Region
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780295800752
Other Titles Tribes and empire on the margins of nineteenth-century Iran