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The ancient city of Shushtar is situated at the northern end of an island, called Minaw or Mesopotamia, formed by two branches of the river Karun: Shutayt, the main stream, and Gargar, a man-made diversion led away near its head. An unusually high proportion of all classes of the population claimed to be sayyids, and Shushtari muleteers distinguishable by their black turbans were a common sight on the roads. For about two years there had been no effective Persian administration in Northern Khuzistan and no revenue had been collected. At the instance of Sir Percy Cox the Central Government had instructed the Belgian Director of Customs at Muhammara to pay to Ayn al-Mulk a monthly budget allotment under various heads: Governor and staff, Governor's stable allowance, Shushtar police, Dizful police, provincial savars, and the like.

Keywords: Persian administration; river Karun; Shushtar



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