Bibliography: Three British ladies in Bakhtiariland

Three very different British women travelled in Bakhtiari territory between 1890 and 1927.  Although their accounts span only four decades, they encapsulate the meteoric rise – and fall – of the Bakhtiari, all of whose important leaders were immediate relatives of the ‘Great Khan’, Hosaynqolī Khan.

Here below is the full bibliography for my article on this topic:


Anon. Ladies’ Pages. Illustrated London News. 22 June 1901 p908

Anon. Obituary: Mrs. Bishop. The Geographical Journal, 24 / 5 (1904), pp.596-598

Anon. Ladies’ Pages. Illustrated London News. 7 Oct 1905 p510

Anon. Dr Elizabeth Macbean Ross. Electronic resource at: Accessed 15 Sept 2010

Barr, PM. A curious life for a lady: the story of Isabella Bird. Secker & Warburg 1970

Bird, IL. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan. Murray, 1891 (reprinted by Virago Travellers, 1989)

Bird, I. A Traveller’s Testimony [to mission work]. CMS, 1905

Chappell, J. Women of Worth. Sketches of the lives of “Carmen Sylva,” Isabella Bird Bishop, Frances Power Cobbe, and Mrs. Bramwell Booth. SW Partridge & Co, 1908

Cronin, S. Riza Shah and the Disintegration of Bakhtiyari Power in Iran, 1921-1934 Iranian Studies, 33 / 3-4 (2000) pp.349-376

Gatti, A. Isabella Bird Bishop. Hamilton 1988

Glendinning, V. Vita : the life of V Sackville-West. Phoenix, 2005

Harper, L. Solitary travelers: nineteenth-century women’s travel narratives and the scientific vocation. Harper, 2001 (includes a chapter on Isabella Bird)

Lorimer, DLR; Vahman, F; Asatrian, G. The Unpublished Report of His Britannic Majesty’s Agent: David Lockhart Lorimer’s “The Bakhtiari Tribal”. Iran & the Caucasus, 5 (2001), pp.227-238

Mawer, C. The Bakhtiari: Nomads Who Ruled Iran. Electronic resource at:

Mawer, C and Bagherzade, N. The Bakhtiari and the British: Oil in SW Persia. Electronic resource at: Accessed 20 Sept 2010

McClay, D. Travels with Isabella Bird. Film transcript, National Library of Scotland. Electronic resource at: Accessed 13 Sept 2010

Ross, EM. A lady doctor in Bakhtiari land, ed. Ross, JNM. Parson, 1921. Viewable electronically via Drexel University College of Medicine Archives at: Accessed 20 Sept 2010

Royal Geographical Society. Factsheet – Biography of Isabella Bird Bishop.  Unlocking the Archives resources.  Electronic resource: Accessed 20 Sept 2010

Sackville-West, V. Passenger to Tehran. Woolf, 1926 (reprinted by IB Tauris, 2007).  There’s a preview if you click here

Sackville-West, V. Twelve Days. An account of a journey across the Bakhtiari Mountains in southwestern Persia. Woolf, 1928 (reprinted as: Twelve Days in Persia. IB Tauris, 2009)

Sawyer, HA. The Bakhtiari Mountains and Upper Elam. The Geographical Journal, 4 / 6 (1894), pp.481-501

Stoddart, AM. The life of Isabella Bird: (Mrs. Bishop). Murray, 1908

1 thought on “Bibliography: Three British ladies in Bakhtiariland”

  1. Dear Sirs
    i would like to know more about british peoples ( esp. Ladies ) works in bakhtiari lands.

    thanksso much for your helps


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