SOAS University of London

Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London

Families of the Khans

Bakhtiari women, although they are not well-documented, were – and are – just as much a force to reckon with as their menfolk. Some were politically important in their own right – most especially Sardar Maryam. Other bibis (high status women) undoubtedly held behind-the-scenes power.

This section explores the complex family structures which were such an importance influence on the shifting alliances within the Bakhtiari Confederation. It focuses on:

I would very much like to thank the Bakhtiari families who have kindly allowed their family photos to be used here. More photos and background information are on and (no longer available)