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It is remembered that part of the task prescribed for the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force was &t;to ensure that hostile parties do not work down south of the line Shushtar-Isfahan&t;, that is to say through Luristan and north-west Bakhtiyari. The modern province of Luristan was then, and according to a recent authority, Sir Roger Stevens in The Land of the Great Sophy, still is, the least known and the least visited by European and even educated Persian travellers of any part of Persia. The character of Lur, as depicted by almost every one of the few Europeans who had travelled in Luristan, fully accorded with their own legend regarding their demonic origin. The notables of Khurramabad and leaders of the more distant tribes, desirous of standing well with the powerful and not ungenerous authority newly established in Northern Khuzistan and doubtless about to expand into Luristan itself, opened a prolific correspondence.

Keywords: Luristan; Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force; Persian travelers



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