KOLUKJĀNLU

KOLUKJĀNLU, a Kurdish tribe in the Ḵalḵāl region of eastern Azerbaijan. According to Ḥosayn-ʿAli Razmārā, this tribe, as well as the neighboring Šāṭrānlu tribe, were offshoots of the Turkicized Kurdish tribe of Šeqāqi and moved from western Azerbaijan some 300 years ago (Razmārā, I, pp. 110-11). The Kolukjānlu’s tendency toward sedentarization, which was already manifest in 1920 (Field, p. 172), was greatly accelerated during the reign of Reżā Shah Pahlavi (r. 1925-41). They now reside in villages located northwest, west, and southwest of Herowābad. In 1960, they numbered 945 households, and comprised the following clans: Ḵān-Dowli, occupying two villages in the dehestān of Ganj-Gāh; Noruš-Beglu, occupying one village in the dehestān of Ganj-Gāh; and Evoḡli, occupying two villages in the dehestān of Ḵoreš-Rostam (Oberling, pp. 54-55). The Kolukjānlu are Sunnites and speak Turkish (Ibid).

Bibliography:

Henry Field, Contributions to the Anthropology of Iran, Chicago, 1939.

Pierre Oberling, The Turkic Peoples of Iranian Azerbaijan, Cleveland, Ohio, 1961.

Ḥosayn-ʿAli Razmārā, Joḡrāfiā-ye neẓāmi-e Irān, vol. I, Tehran, 1942.

(Pierre Oberling)

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