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Map of counties of Fars province, Iran

Laristan or Larestan County (Persian: شهرستان لارستان) is located in Fars province, Iran. The capital of the county is Lar.


Jat Gotras Namesake


The historical region of Larestan and Lamerd consists of several counties in Fars province (Larestan County, Khonj County, Gerash County and Lamerd) and Bastak County in Hormozgan province. [1] Larestani people are of Persian descent,[2] the majority of Larestani people are Sunnis.[3]Larestani people call themselves "Khodmooni".

Under medieval age, Laristan was ruled by the local dynasty of Miladi, until it was removed by a Safavid invasion in 1610. In the thirteenth century, Larestan briefly became a center of trade and commerce in southern Persia. Larestan was nearly always an obscure region, never becoming involved in the politics and conflicts of mainstream Persia.[4]

Jat History

Bhim Singh Dahiya [5] quoting Buddha Prakash says, "The clan of Yaudheyas has an unmistakable resemblance with the Yautiya of Laristan, the Ouitioi of Trans-Caucasia, and the Jut nomads of Kirmans"[6].

Dr Girish Chandra Dwivedi [7] writes that The Khurdadba tells us that the Jat inhabitants skirting the route from Kirman to Mansura were entrusted with keeping watch over the route.[8]

Hukum Singh Panwar (Pauria) [9] writes that as per Census Report of India, 1931, The population of Jats in Kirman and Iraq was bout 20,000,


  1. Frye, Richard Nelson (1984). The History of Ancient Iran, Part 3, Volume 7. Richard Nelson Frye. pp. 27–29. ISBN 9783406093975.
  2. "Larestani, Lari in Iran".
  3. "Larestani, Lari in Iran".
  4. "Larestani, Lari in Iran".
  5. Jats the Ancient Rulers (A clan study)/Jat Clan in India,p.277
  6. The Heritage of Persia, 1962, p. 50.
  7. The Jats - Their Role in the Mughal Empire/Introduction,p.12
  8. Ibn Khurdadba in Elliot, I, 14.
  9. The Jats:Their Origin, Antiquity and Migrations/Jat-Its variants, p.335

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