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Iran Stops Sales of British Book in Tehran Fair for Persian Gulf Misnomer

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TEHRAN, May 8 (ICANA) – Officials of the Tehran International Book Fair suspended sales of an English book after they realized that its British publisher, the 'Third World Cambridge', has used a forged name for the Persian Gulf.
Sunday, May 08, 2011 8:54:49 PM
Iran Stops Sales of British Book in Tehran Fair for Persian Gulf Misnomer

"The transgression has been committed by the Third World Cambridge publishing house," Deputy Head of the International Section Committee of Tehran International Book Fair Ali Alipour told FNA on Sunday.

"We have blocked the book's code of sales and stopped its sales," he continued.

Meanwhile, the fair official underlined that the misnomer merely pertained to this one single book, and said no similar error has been seen in the other 3,000 to 4,000 book titles which the 'Third World Cambridge' has put on display in the book fair.

While historical documents show that the waterway has always been referred to as the 'Persian Gulf', certain Arab states have recently mounted efforts to remove 'Persian' from the name of the waterway.

Iran has designated April 30 as the 'National Persian Gulf Day' to highlight the fact that the waterway has been referred to by historians and ancient texts as 'Persian' since the Achaemenid Empire was established in what is now modern day Iran.

In July 2009, archeological excavations in the Iranian port city of Siraf yielded new evidence confirming the antiquity of the Persian Gulf title.

The Iranian archeologists discovered Sassanid and early-Islamic residential strata as well as a number of intact amphoras used in sea trade during the Parthian, Abbasid and early Islamic eras, all referring to the waterway as the Persian Gulf.

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