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In contrast to Shushtar in its backwater, Dizful was a thriving town of, the author estimated, some 50,000 inhabitants, a bustling market for the tribes of Luristan and Bakhtiyari, and, when considerations of security permitted, the starting point for caravan traffic with Amara on the Tigris to the west and Burujird, Kirmanshah, Sultanabad (Arak) and Hamadan to the north. Dizful was fortunate in its two principal ulama, Aqa Shaykh Muhammad Riza and Aqa Shaykh Muhammad Baqir, who jointly exercised authority over the Qal'a quarter, in which the shaykhs, distinguished by their white turbans, mostly resided. The direct control we exercised from Dizful was not entirely to the liking of our war-time allies, the Il-khani and Il-begi of the Bakhtiyaris and Shaykh Khaz'al of Muhammara, accustomed as they were to virtual independence of the Persian Government.

Keywords: Dizful; Persian Government; Shushtar



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