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2200 Years of Parthian History Erased in Order to Built Islamic Azad University


02 May 2007




Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav


LONDON, (CAIS) -- 1000-hectare area of a historical site belonging to Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224CE) in Khuzestan province has fall victim of development constructions of Islamic regime’s Hamidieh Azad University in Hamidieh city.


The destructive activities of Islamic Azad University, which prior to this has demolished large parts of Sasanian Ivan Karkheh during its construction works and agricultural activities raised the objections of cultural heritage authorities in Khuzestan province. However, despite all oppositions made by cultural heritage experts, this 2200-year-old site was not released.


In a talk with Persian service of CHN, Mojtaba Gahtotuni, member of Khuzestan cultural heritage enthusiasts association said: “With removing the soil with mechanical shovel, Islamic Azad University is destroying a Parthian historic site located on west of Ahvaz - Hamidieh road in order to construct the building of the university.”


Considering that this area has already been registered on 8th of March 2003 with number of 7930 in list of Iran’s National Heritage sites, and existing of architectural evidence in the area, cultural heritage enthusiasts immediately took actions to protect the area against damages posed to it and asked the authorities of the project to stop construction of Hamidieh Islamic Azad University in this historical site.


According to Gahsotuni, Hamidieh gas station is also located on ruins of this historic area, however, Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has made no measure in this regard.


It seems a number of pre-Islamic historical sites and monuments have been targeted by Islamic Azad University in Khuzestan province for establishing its branches. Settling of the official department of this university in Abadan historical church has also evoked the objection of cultural heritage enthusiasts.

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