SAMNAN, the capital of the province, is situated 145 m. E. of Teheran, on the high road thence to Meshed, at an altitude of 3740 ft. in 35 34' N., 53 22' E. It has a population of about 10,000, post and telegraph offices, and a fine minaret, built in the 12th century. It exports pistachios, almonds and coarse tobacco. A dialect with many old Persian forms and resembling the Mazandaran dialect is spoken.
A. Houtum-Schindler, " Bericht fiber d. Samnan Dialect," Zeitsch. d. morgenl. Gesellschaft, vol. xxxii. (1878).
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