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POLITICS, TRAVEL & RESEARCH
IN
NORTH-EASTERN
IRAQ

By:
C. J. EDMONDS
Adviser to the
Ministry of the Interior, Iraq
1935-1945

LONDON: First Edition 1957

 

Publisher/Year: LONDON, Oxford University Press, First Edition, 1957.
Binding: Cloth Hardcover, 21x14 cm.
Pages: 457
Illustrations: 32 photo illustrations, 2 plans, 3 maps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil John EDMONDS (1889-1979)

Cecil John Edmonds entered the Levant Consular Service in 1910, and at the end of 1912 was appointed to Bushire on the Persian Gulf. In 1915 he was seconded for duty, first as a political officer with the British expeditionary forces in Mesopotamia and Western Persia, and later in the civil administration of the mandated territory of Iraq. After the termination of the British Mandate in 1932, on the invitation of the Iraqi Government, he continued to serve that country for another thirteen years until the end of the war in 1945, the last ten years as Adviser to the Ministry of the Interior.

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EXTREMELY SCARCE

One of the Best Reference

on Kurdistan of IRAQ

With
Many Photograph Illustrations
from over 50 Years Ago


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From Preface ...

THE main threads running through this book are the diplomatic and military history of the Mosul dispute between Great Britain and Turkey from 1918 to 1925, and a gloss in that history, in the form of an account of the author's own experiences as a political officer in the contested territory and as a member of the Anglo-Iraqi delegation on the Commission appointed by the League of Nations to investigate the dispute and to recommend a solution.
The book contains much new information regarding the geography and the antiquities of North-Eastern Iraq, the secular frontier dispute between the Ottoman and Persian Empires, local history, the way of life of the tribal and non-tribal Kurdish inhabitants of the region, the organization and influence of the mystical dervish fraternities, modern cultural activity, and other facets of Kurdish society.

From Introduction ...

I AM conscious that the descriptions of the routes I have followed and of the various classes that make up the society of Southern Kurdistan are in parts very detailed; but, if my own experience is any guide, it is precisely such details that will give the book its greatest interest to future travellers and to students of the Middle East. I believe that in the course of a long career in Persia and Iraq, just at a time when the revolution ushered in by the invention of the small internal combustion engine and speeded up by two world wars was threatening to submerge the age-long traditions and ancient ways that had survived all the upheavals of earlier centuries, I have collected a good deal of information that is new to the European world of scholarship, and I will not conceal my hope that some of the material here offered will be found of value for research of a kind more methodical than it is in my own nature to undertake.

 

 

Shaikh Mahmud

 

 

 

 

 


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Contents ...

PART 1

INTRODUCTORY: THE KURDS

INTRODUCTORY: SOUTHERN KURDISTAN

FRASER'S FORCE

CHAMCHEMAL

THE BABANS

SHAIKHS AND SAIYIDS

LIFE AT SULAIMANI

SHAR BAZHÊR

PART 2

SULAIMANI TWO YEARS LATER

THE TURCO-PERSIAN FRONTIER

JAF AND HEWRAMAN

LIFE AT HALABJA

THE KAKAIS

TANJARO, SARCHINAR AND SURDASH

RANYA AND PIZHDAR

LIFE AT RANYA

RANICOL

PART 3

SULAIMANI TWO YEARS LATER

LIFE AT KIRKUK

ROWLASH

KOICOL_I

KOICOL_II

THE SANITARY CORDON

GIL AND QARA DAGH

JAF ANF HALABJA AGAIN

PART 4

THE MOSUL COMMISSION _I

THE MOSUL COMMISSION_II

Appendixes
A - BIBLIOGRAPHY
B - KURDISH POPULATION IN IRAQ BY ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS


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Parts of the Liwas of Kirkuk and Sulaimani


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Many Excellent Photographs
from
the Author Collections

 

 

Illustrations ...

Shaikh Bakh and Pira Magrun

Mahmud Pasha Jaf and Babakr Agha

In the Hamawand Country

Ahmad-i Hama Salih Beg Jaf

Saiyid Taha

Kurhakazhaw

Barzinja

Alan

Pênjwin

Persian Boundary at Biyara

Ja'far Sultan, Lady Adila, Ahmad Beg

Throne of Princess Zêrinkewsh

Kakai Saiyids, showing Family Tree

Hawar

Kakai Villagers of Hawar

Khurmal

Mamand Agha Ako

Shaikh Abdul Kerim of Shadala

Hama Agha of Ranya

A.P.O.'s House, Darband

'Simko'

Babakr Agha

Shaikh Mahmud

Kirkuk Notables (Fattah Pasha, Izzat Pasha, Mejid Beg)

The Prime Minister at Sulaimani (Mustafa Pasha, Shaikh Qadir, Prime Minister, Author, Sabih Nash'at, Growdon)

The Sagirma Pass

Rock Relief of Naram-Sin

Qadiri Takya at Abdalan

In Qala Dagh

The Mosul Commission

Robb, Teleki and Author

Residency House Party

Figures

Ground Plan of Kurdish House

Ishkewt-i Qizqapan. Elevation

Maps

Part of the Iraqi-Persian boundary and the Kurdish Principalities

The Ranya District

Parts of the Liwas of Kirkuk and Sulaimani

Parts of the Liwas of Kirkuk and Sulaimani

Babakr Agha

Barzinja

Hama Agha of Ranya

Kakai Saiyids, showing Family Tree

Ahmad-i Hama Salih Beg Jaf



Pênjwin

Saiyid Taha

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkuk Notables (Fattah Pasha, Izzat Pasha, Mejid Beg)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mahmud Pasha Jaf and Babakr Agha

 

 

 

 

The Prime Minister at Sulaimani (Mustafa Pasha, Shaikh Qadir, Prime Minister, Author, Sabih Nash'at, Growdon)

Qadiri Takya at Abdalan

 

 

 

 

 

'Simko'

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground Plan of Kurdish House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robb, Teleki and Author

 

 

 

 

The Ranya District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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