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Debate on Atlas of Ports and Marine Navigation

Debate on Atlas of Ports and Marine NavigationDebate on Atlas of Ports and Marine Navigation

The Historic Atlas of Ports and Marine Navigation in Iran, a three-volume research work edited by historians Mohammad Baqer Vosouqi, an authority in  political history, and Mansour Sefatgol, expert in Safavid (1501-1736) and Qajar (1876-1925) periods, will be  debated on Monday at the University of Tehran.

Organized by the university’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the meeting will start at 2 pm at the varsity’s Bastani Parizi Auditorium, IRNA reported.

The book was published in 2016 by the Ports and Maritime Organization, affiliated to the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development. In 12 chapters the atlas covers maritime history of Iran spanning several thousand years.

In February it won the 35th edition of the Iran National Award for Book of the Year in the category of history and geography and the editors, both from the Tehran University’s Department of History, received commendation plaques from President Hassan Rouhani.

The atlas includes maps and historical documents. Among other things, it states that the much debated north-south marine corridor of Iran, which is to connect the Persian Gulf in the south to the Caspian Sea in the north, is not a recent preposition. “The idea originated 500 years ago.”

Both Vosouqi and Sefatgol will speak at the meeting. Another historian, Nasrollah Salehi, will attend for a critical appraisal of the atlas.

The University of Tehran is located on Enqelab Avenue, between 16-Azar and Qods streets.

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