Persian Gulf Members’ participation in ESFO Tehran, Iran

Persian Gulf Members’ participation in ESFO
Tehran, Iran
January 01, 2006

A week long speeches about various issues of Persian Gulf are presented
at House of Artists (Khaneh honor mandan) from December 31 through
January 5, 2006 in Tehran, Iran. These speeches are organized by an
Association created for protecting the environment of Persian Gulf and
Sea of Oman (ESFO). Over 100 people attended this meeting on its first

On Saturday December 31, 2005, several members of Persian Gulf
organization attended and participated in the meeting. On this day,
three speeches were scheduled. Dr. Maryam Amir-Ahmady spoke about the
history of Persian Gulf from Greeks and Armenian historians. After her,
Mr. Sahab presented maps of Persian Gulf during the Islamic period. The
third speech was presented by Mohammad Ala and Pejman Akbarzadeh about
Persian Gulf Organization (PGO).

The maps which Mr. Sahab presented confirmed what Dr. Kaveh Farrokh has
been informing us about Iranian province of Khouzestan. There were
several maps from 930 A.D. created by Al-Istakhri and Abu-Reyhan Beeruni
which have clearly written Khouzestan on their maps. Another
interesting map was by Hamdullah Mustawfi which had dimensions from more
than 1,000 years ago which are not that different if one draws the map
using a computer.

Mohammad Ala introduced the PGO and Pejman spoke about our efforts in
dealing with abusers. Mohammad Ala spoke about people’s participation
in protecting historical heritage. It was emphasized not to depend on
Iranian government for support. Examples of western people’s
participation in their own affairs were shared with the audience. This
audience was told not to assume what we have will be protected and
respected by other nations. Examples of language and historical facts
were presented. One day, we could read and write Old Persian writing
(khate-meekhee), now we cannot. The participants were asked to do
something about Persian heritage so that what happened to our Old
language will not happen to present language and cultural heritage.

On January 1, 2006, several Persian Gulf members met with Mr. Sahab and
his staff at Sahab Publishing and Printing house to purchase several
hundred books of maps in the hope of having one of these maps in the
home of each member and eventually in the home of all Iranians and
non-Iranians. More information about these maps will be available on
Persian Gulf site in the near future.

Respectfully submitted by Mohammad Ala, Board Member


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