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Frontier Nomads of Iran

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

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  • Author: Richard Tapper, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521583367

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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.

    • Interesting study of major nomadic tribe in Iran focusing on history and anthropology
    • Accessible and well written by mature scholar
    • 'Shahsevan' is now a well known and fashionable category in the Oriental Carpet business with several books and articles devoted to 'Shahsevan' weavings
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...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

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521583367
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.81kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 9 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Note on transliteration
    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

  • Author

    Richard Tapper, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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