Beck, The Qashqa'i of Iran

by Bahman Abdollahi
published in MER148

Lois Beck, The Qashqa’i of Iran (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1986).

The Qashqa’is are a confederation of Turkic-speaking tribes dispersed in the three southwestern Iranian provinces of Fars, Isfahan, and Bushehr. Historically, they have been one of the most important tribal groups in the country. Nevertheless, little is known about them due to the lack of critical research. Lois Beck’s pioneering work successfully familiarizes the reader with the political dynamics of the Qashqa’is.

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