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Image from page 54 of "Travel and politics in Armenia" (1914)

Identifier: cu31924028610867

Title: Travel and politics in Armenia

Year: 1914 (1910s)

Authors: Noel-Buxton, Noel Noel-Buxton, Baron, 1869-1948 Buxton, Harold Jocelyn, 1880- joint author Raffi, Aram

Subjects: Armenian question

Publisher: London, Smith, Elder & co.

Contributing Library: Cornell University Library

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KURDISH CHIEF AND TURKISH GENDARME THE KURDS 23 of attention to the Sultan rather than the tribe.But the Vali was glad to be rid of a nuisance.It is only fair to say that we subsequentlymet many Kurds who knew nothing of thistheoretical disbandment, and proudly claimedto be not only Ashirats but Hamidie cavalrymen.I have seen no satisfactory account of theprivilege denoted by the term Ashirat, andthis is not the place for sociological details. Adozen men, who ought to be informed, will giveyou as many different versions. It is, however,sufficiently important for us (and certainly forthe Turkish Government) to know that animmense proportion of Kurdish families claim acustomary and hereditary right of immunityfrom taxation, and, in effect, of any responsibilityto Government or society whatever (the Valiwould have said to God or man). They recogniseonly their chief, often a mere squireen at warwith neighbours equally petty. The Sultanattempted to alter this state of affairs, bydemanding



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