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Nomadism in IranFrom Antiquity to the Modern Era$
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D. T. Potts

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199330799

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199330799.001.0001

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On Nomadism in Iran through Time

On Nomadism in Iran through Time

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Nomadism in Iran

D. T. Potts

Oxford University Press

Nomadism has been an integral part of Iran’s social and economic fabric for over 3,000 years. Claims of prehistoric antiquity, however, are exaggerated. The influx of Turkic groups, beginning in the eleventh century, has completely altered the demographic profile of the country. Archaeological evidence suggests that village-based herds have always been important in Iran but true nomadism only appeared as a result of the infiltration of nomadic groups from outside the country. The relevance of studying the lifeways of nomads currently living in Iran for a better understanding of Iranian prehistory is dubious, given the deep-seated changes in society and economy that they have undergone during the past few centuries.

Keywords:   Iran, nomads, nomadism, social change, archaeological analogy, Bakhtiyari, Qashqa’i, ancient economy

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