By Richard Tapper

Richard Tapper's 1997 e-book, that's in line with 3 a long time of ethnographic fieldwork and huge documentary examine, strains the political and social historical past of the Shahsevan, one of many significant nomadic peoples of Iran. the tale is a dramatic one, recounting the legendary origins of the tribes, their unification as a confederacy, and their decline less than the Pahlavi Shahs. The booklet is meant as a contribution to 3 varied debates. the 1st matters the riddle of Shahsevan origins, whereas one other considers how a long way adjustments in tribal social and political formations are a functionality of kinfolk with states. The 3rd discusses how assorted structures of the id of a selected humans be certain their view of the earlier. during this method, the publication grants not just to make an immense contribution to the heritage and anthropology of the center East and primary Asia, but additionally to theoretical debates in either disciplines.

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