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IRRIGATION EXAMINED THROUGH DOCUMENTS OF QAJAR IRAN

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An exciting part of my small library is a modest collection of documents of

Qajar Iran (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) I bought some ten years ago

from a dealer in second-hand books. Having apparently come from the

abandoned records of a notary public’s office of the time, and belonging mostly

to the Kashan and Qazvin regions, the collection contains almost all kinds of

documents drawn up to record transactions, endorse legal deeds and actions, or

settle disputes arising among people as to their social rights and responsibilities.

Much of the collection consists of documents endorsing a marriage or a rural

land transaction. Still, the diversity of subjects in this collection allows

arrangement of the documents into some twenty-five categories, with the aim of

examining and studying each topic separately.1 This is a brief introduction on the

Iranian irrigation and related documents in my collection.