Iranian Cities: Formation and Development

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Syracuse University Press, Jul 1, 2000 - History - 152 pages
Exploring the rationale behind the physical structure and spatial patterns of traditional Iranian cities, this study examines cities built before the general modernization of Iran that began after World War II, in the light of specifically Iranian environmental factors.
 

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Contents

The Islamic City Model
4
Introduction I
7
The Physiography of Iran
10
Approximate Average Annual Precipitation in Iran
12
Population Distribution in Iran
13
Diagram of a Typical Qanat
16
Qanats in Kirmān
17
The City of Sāvih
19
Schematic Evolution of a Commercial City along a Trade Route
46
Bazar of Isfahān
48
RāstihBāzār in Isfahan
50
Traditional City of Kirmān
52
Traditional City of Sabzivār
54
The Main Street and Associated Elements
55
The City Center
56
The Contemporary Bazar of Sabzivār
57

The Traditional City of Shīrāz
21
Uniformity of Buildings in Sabzivār24
24
Typical Street in a Traditional Iranian City
25
Model of the Access System in the Traditional Iranian City
29
Street Patterns in Traditional Sabzivār33
33
Plan of a Typical House in Arid Regions
37
Elements of an Affluent Family House in Arid Regions
38
Trade Historical Events and the City
40
The Old Iranian Trade Routes
42
Kārvānsarāy near Tehran along the Ancient Silk Road
44
Religion Sociopolitical Structures and the City
62
A Religious Procession
70
Movement of a Muharram Procession within the City
76
Summary and Conclusions
85
APPENDIXES
91
Elements of a Typical Iranian Bazar
97
NOTES
107
GLOSSARY
113
INDEX
129
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Masoud Kheirabadi teaches in the Department of International Studies at Portland State University and in the Social Science program at Marylhurst University. He is presently working on a book about the current processes of ubranization in Iran.

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