SIZDAH BEDAR – IRANIAN TRADITIONS & CUSTOMS

 Credit: The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS) Sizdah-bedar is an Iranian festival tradition, celebrated in the thirteenth day of the Nowrouz (Iranian New Year). Iranians have a tradition of spending the day outdoors on the 13th day of month Farvardin. »Sizdah-» means thirteen, and »-bedar», means to get rid of, i.e «getting rid of…

Eminent Persons of Abadan: ‹Houshang Golshiri›

Wikipedia. Houshang Golshiri (1937 – 2000) was an Iranian fiction writer, critic and editor. He was one of the first Iranian writers to use modern literary techniques, and is recognized as one of the most influential writers of Persian prose of the 20th century.[1] BIOGRAPHY Early life  Although Golshiri was born on Isfahan in 1937[2]…

Oil as a source of social change

Touraj Atabaki – «NWO Humanities« The workers in the Iranian oil industry organised themselves faster and on a much larger scale than anywhere else in the Middle East. ‹There are other studies of the Iranian oil industry, but these have often been commissioned by oil companies such as BP or Shell. Never before has light…

80 years of education in Razi High School

  Razi, is an old high school (opened in 1937 until now) in Abadan. that is including the Abadan cultural symbols. this school that recently was renovated, Is located in the «sikh-line» neighborhood and is close to «statue» square. also the Razi high School in the late of 1940s› was including the students center for…

Eminent Persons of Abadan: «Amir Naderi»

Wikipedia _ Amir Naderi (born 15 August 1946 in Abadan) is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, and photographer. He is best known for The Runner and Vegas: Based on a True Story.[1] Career Amir Naderi grew up in Abadan, a working-class port city in the south of Iran. He became interested in photography and cinema…

Nowruz & Persian New Year is Coming…

From Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia ‹Nowruz› ( literally «New Day») is the name of the Iranian New Year,[27][28] also known as the Persian New Year,[29][30] which is celebrated worldwide by Iranian peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, as the beginning of the New Year. It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans,…

World Eyes Iran on Oil Seizure Bid

March 25, 1951 By J. H. CARMICAL, The New York Times.  Action of both houses of the Iranian Parliament in voting to nationalize the oil industry again had focused attention on the Middle East to which the center of gravity of the world’s oil production is being shifted rapidly. Coming in the midst of negotiations…

Chaharshanbeh Suri, last Wednesday before the Iranian New Year

  from Wikipedia free encyclopedia «Chahārshanbeh Suri» is a Iranian festival celebrated by all Iranians such as Persian people, Azerbaijani people, and Kurdish people. The event takes place on the eve of the last Wednesday before Iranian New Year. Loosely translated as Wednesday Light or Red Wednesday, from the word sur which means light/red in…

Eminent Persons of Abadan: ‹Nasser Taghvai›

Wikipedia _ Nāsser Taghvāí (born 1941) is an Iranian film director and screenwriter. Nāsser Taghvāí was born in Abadan, Iran. After early experiences as a story writer, he began filming documentaries in 1967. He made his debut, Tranquility in the Presence of Others, in 1970 and gained the attention of Iranian critics. His concern for…

Abadan has signed a sister-city agreement with Chinese ‹Karamay› city

From ‹Khabaronline› website  Former Governor of Iran’s Southwestern port city of Abadan ‹Bahram Ilkhaszadeh› in 2012 said that the city plans to encourage Chinese investment in the city’s development projects. Speaking to News Agencies, he mentioned that Abadan has signed a sister-city agreement with Chinese Karamay city! in the Northwestern province of Xinjiang, and said…

Eminent Persons of Abadan: ‹Najaf Daryabandari›

Najaf Daryabandari (23 August 1929 in Abadan) is an Iranian writer and translator of works from English into Persian. He started translation at the age of 17-18 in Abadan with the book of William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily. He is also the author of a two-volume tome on Iranian cuisine that have collected the…

Abadan Institute of Technology (AIT)

From AIT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Location – The Abadan Institute of Technology (AIT) was located in the City of Abadan, Province of Khuzistan in southwest of Iran. AIT was a school of engineering dedicated to training engineers and managers for Iran’s oil industry.  The Institute was funded by the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).  Since 1980, there…

Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Control: The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, 1933-1951

Neveen Abdelrehim, Josephine Maltby, Steven Toms Volume 12, Number 4, December 2011 pp. 824-862 Abstract: A new conceptualization of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is presented as a means of asserting and maintaining corporate control in the face of political, economic, and social challenges. The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC) applied different strategies to maintain control of…

Abadan: A Model for «Ahmadi» in Kuwait

From «Building for Oil: Corporate Colonialism, Nationalism and Urban Modernity in Ahmadi, 1946-1992″ By Reem IR Alissa | University of California, Berkeley   Between 1912 and 1945 Abadan grew to be one of Iran’s first modern cities in a previously scarcely populated area located at the estuary where the Tigris, Euphrates and Karun rivers meet the Persian Gulf.30…

No Partnership: the case of the Abadan township in the 1920s

  By Reidar Visser Gibraltar That Never Was! Paper presented to the British World conference, Bristol, 11–14 July 2007 originally titled “A Rigid Conception of Britishness: Imperialism, Local Regionalism and Transnational Links among the British of Basra and Abadan, 1890–1940” The factor of self-identity was to prove even more decisive for the fate of British…

LANDSCAPES OF PETROLEUM, COMPANY TOWNS, REPRESENTATIONS AND THEIR IMPACTS ON URBANISM AND SOCIETY: THE CASE OF ABADAN

 Dalal Alsayer | Harvard University | Graduate School of Design Using the energy space of oil ‘company town’ of Abadan in Iran, the territorial paradigm of ‘center’ and ‘periphery’ as it relates to corporations and nations is utilized to explore the dialogue between space, energy, power, culture, and society. Specifically, the project aims to [re]define the…

Abadan narrated by Iranica

  ĀBĀDĀN, i. History. ii. The modern city. iii. Basic population data, 1956-2011. i. History: In medieval sources, and up to the present century, the name of the island always occurs in the Arabic form ʿAbbādān; this name has sometimes been derived from ʿabbād “worshiper.” Belāḏorī (d. 279/892), on the other hand, quotes the story…

A Voyage to Abadan (Book introduction)

By Bill Jopes This is a story of the sea training and service during World War II of two Cadet Midshipmen of the United States Merchant Marine Corps. Only about six thousand cadets were trained during the war, a situation which left these men largely unknown and unidentifiable when on leave. The uniform was much…

Sunrise at Abadan

The Leopard warship was launched in Italy by Anoshiravan Sepahbody  November 5, 1997 The Iranian From ‹Sunrise at Abadan: The British and Soviet Invasion of Iran, 1941› by Richard A. Stewart, Major U.S. Marine Corps. (Praeger, New York,1988). In memory of Admiral Bayandor and the many valiant Iranian navymen, airmen and soldiers who died in…

Abadan Plane Crash

September 10, 1958 The twin-engine amphibious Martin PBM-5A Mariner P-303 Naval Air for major maintenance on the way home from Biak to New Guinea to the Netherlands when it hits over Persia for the umpteenth time on this arduous journey into difficulties. There is a motor is inoperative, and an oil-leakage. The device makes an…

The “Abadan Society” Reunion

The «Abadan Society» originally was the theater group in Abadan, Iran. It now is an organization consisting of people that worked in the oil industry in Iran (primarily in Abadan, Ahwaz, M.I.S. or Teheran) for the Iranian Oil Company (NIOC). Most of They members were on loan from U.S. or European oil companies; They membership…

ABADAN:RETOLD

Everyone should know about Abadan Rasmus Christian Elling (PhD, Associate Professor), University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Feb 25, 2015 Abadan, Iran is special. Across the world, thousands cherish memories of life in what was once a cosmopolitan beacon of modernity in the Middle East, longing for the places, spaces and faces of the city. And yet,…

When Iran’s Abadan was Capital of the World

by Rasmus Christian Elling, an Associate professor at the University of Copenhagen   This article is the second installment in a three-part series on oil, nostalgia, and the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan.The first part in the series can be found here and the third part can be found here. Part Two Abadan is special. Or…

Rebuilding Abadan

Advisor: Todd Reisz _   Abadan was the first center of the oil industry in the Persian Gulf, after petroleum was discovered nearby in 1908. Until the 1950’s, Abadan was a company town and home to a large British presence under the auspices of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, which later split into BP and the…

Memories of an American boy

>>> Photo essay: Abadan in the ’50s Paul Schroeder April 27, 2007 iranian.com This essay aims to provide some background for the photos taken in Abadan in the late ’50s taken by my father, Charles Schroeder. Some general features of the expatriate experience in Abadan will be given here along with some more personal reminiscences….

Boom & bust

Social engineering and the contradictions of modernization in Khuzestan’s oil company towns, Abadan and Masjed-Soleyman Kaveh Ehsani The Iranian, February 15, 2005 This essay is a comparative study of the design and social impact of Abadan and Masjed-Soleyman, the first and most important oil towns built in Khuzestan by the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC). The…

One thousand times (Poem)

By Shahrzad Irani September 3, 1999 The Iranian One thousand times a day, you tell me that you love me And yet I do not believe you Messengers come with great books declaring your love And yet I cry in my sleep every night With each season, you send a different flower perfuming my house…

Khoosheh

«I had to see it with my own eyes.» By Siroos Hozhabri January 28, 1999 The Iranian As the plane descended through the clouds, I had my first glimpse of the land I missed so much, that beautiful flat land. We touched down at Mahshahr Airport, walked out and the first breath of air, the…

Abadan (Poem)

by Shahrzad Irani California _ 1996 The Iranian It is beyond your imagination What I have left behind. I recall the time that I could tell My loving friends: Come, sit beside me and Treat me to a piece of bread Of Kindness For I am hungry; Offer me a drop of water Of faith…