Five years after I wrote Arabian Gulf or Persian Gulf I received an email from the Researcher and Senior Adviser to the Managing Director of the Persian Gulf Studies Center.
In my post, I wrote:
“Since I don’t know much about this issue I am not taking side with one party over the other. But I think that since Persians were there long time ago that body of water should be called Persian Gulf. But it is just an opinion.
But, I found it absurd to force the world to call you a name that not everyone agrees on. It is like when England forced the world at sometime in history to be called United Kingdom of Great Britain. Who call it Great Britain anymore?”
The researcher’s email it seems is a rebuttal to one of the reader’s claim that it should be called the Arabian Gulf instead of the Persian gulf. Here is the email verbatim:
Dear Dr. Malik Tubaishat
I read the comments on your site about the name of the waterway between the Iranian plateau and the Arabian peninsula. I just want to tell you something that it might be interesting for you Sir! as you probably know there is a river between Iran and Iraq that historically and according to documents the name is Shatt – E – Arab, but some extremists in Iran call it “Arvand river”! as a researcher and Iranian, I always stand against the name Arvand and I emphasize that the correct name is “Shatt – E – Arab. in the case of the waterway between the Iran and the Arabia is Vice Versa, i.e. that according to the documents the correct and historical name is the “Persian Gulf“.
you are about to get your PHD as you mentioned on your site, so you are a academic person just like us. this issue has nothing to do with emotions or politics, it is something concerning documents and the science of “Geography” and “History”. also because of these strong documents, the highest legal source of the world i.e. United Nations Organization and also UNGEGN(United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names) on many occasions
has confirmed the name “Persian Gulf“. attached to this email is a PDF file by the name “Why Persian Gulf” .I think it will help you to find the truth and stand against the Arab extremism and call this waterway by its correct and historical name that is to say “Persian Gulf“.
it will be my pleasure to hear from you.
With Kind Regards
S.A.Mojtahedi(Researcher and Senior Adviser to the Managing
Director of the Persian Gulf Studies Center)
I received this email last year. I politely replied back and I didn’t think it was important to post it on my blog at that time. Today, I was searching for something on my Gmail account when I found this email and thought of sharing it. With what is happening in this cursed region it seems the relationship between Iran and its Arab neighbors is getting worse one day after another. No matter what they call it, it is obviously a Sunni-Shia war in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.
Is it really a religious war? or a matter of influencing power? When this madness is going to end? As if we are out of reasons to fight we want to fight over what we want others to call a gulf. It is not enough that we call it the Arabian Gulf we want to force you to call it the Arabian Gulf whether you like or not. And the same goes for the Persian Gulf.
The picture below doesn’t even look real. It looks like a scene from one of those apocalyptic Hollywood movies.
The main question what is all this for?