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Maps of the Persian Gulf
collection of historical maps of the Persian Gulf
has been published in a book by Sahab Geographic
Institute in Tehran.
The book, which is named after the Persian Gulf,
contains 123 historical maps of the region, as
reported by Pejman Akbarzadeh, a member of
“artists without border” and an activist with
the movement to preserve the identity of “the
Persian Gulf”. These maps have been selected
from the archive of the institute which contains
over 2300 maps, gathered from renowned topographic
institutes and universities worldwide.
An interesting bilingual preface written by
Mohammad Reza Sahab which gives a brief account on
the history of the Persian Gulf and Iranian
struggles to protect it against malicious plots to
alter its name with forged ones, as well as the
captions of the maps which are printed both in
English and Persian, will help foreign readers to
enjoy the book.
Dating back to 2000 to 3000 BC and now being kept
in the British museum, the piece of pottery, the
picture of which has appeared on the first page of
the book is the first map of the Persian Gulf
region and is believed to be sketched by
Babylonians. The rest of the maps in the book
which are arranged by chronological order cover a
span of time between 1500 BC and 1795 AD.
In his preface to the book, Mohammad Reza Sahab,
head of Sahab Geographic Institute, writes that
despite all the struggles by Iranians and Iranian
government in the past 47 years, Arab states
persistently try to alter the name of the Persian
Gulf by using their money and their political
ties. He also commiserates that Iranians’
struggles are usually temporal and of internal
impact rather than being globally influential.
“The Persian Gulf in Ancient Maps” which is
the complete name of the book, is printed in 5000