Khouzestan Province Iran

Khouzestan Province Iran

Khuzestan Province (Persian: استان خوزستان‎‎, Ostān-e Khūzestān) is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is in the southwest of the country, bordering Iraq and the Persian Gulf. Its capital is Ahvaz and it covers an area of 63,238 km2. Other major cities include Behbahan, Abadan, Andimeshk, Khorramshahr, Bandar Imam, Dezful, Shushtar, Omidiyeh, Izeh, Baq-e-Malek, Mah Shahr, Susangerd, Ramhormoz, Shadegan, Susa, Masjed Soleiman, Minoo Island and Hoveizeh. In 2014 it was placed in Region 4.[2]

The name Khuzestan means "The Land of the Khuzi",[5] and refers to the original inhabitants of this province, the "Susian" people (Old Persian "Huza", Middle Persian "Khuzi" or "Husa"[6] (the Shushan of the Hebrewsources). The name of the city of Ahvaz also has the same origin as the name Khuzestan.

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