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Among The Dirakvand

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The Dirakvand, whose winter camping grounds were in the plain north of Dizful known as Sahra-i Lūr, were perhaps the most interesting tribe of Bala Gariva, both for historical reasons and because the process of disintegration had gone further and more neatly than in the others. The members of the former ruling family claimed descent from Shahverdi Khan and were in consequence styled 'Mir'. At some stage the two largest ryot clans had been divided between two brothers, Mir Abbas and Mir Ali, the Baharvand going to the former and the Qalavand to the latter. But in course of time the ryots had succeeded in completely ousting their Mirs, who now formed two quite separate clans apart. The chapter presents the author's experience of staying and travelling with the Dirakvand tribe.

Keywords: Bala Gariva; Dirakvand; Dizful



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