The Ideology and Changes in Place’s Names in Iran after the Islamic Revolution

Document Type : Original Article


1 - Assistant Professor of Political Geography, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran

2 M.A of Political Geography, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran


Geographical names reflect the culture, events and ideas of the people living in different units, and they can be discovered as a key benefit of historical facts. Properly recording and collecting geographical names along with their historical backgrounds should be done properly. Because these names can be used as a tool to foster political sovereignty and national integrity, the ideology of the past political powers is revealed. Residents of the same political unit consider themselves to belong to a unit that has a specific name. Therefore, the more heterogeneity of these names and their changes with the cultural and social relations in the region, the merrier integrity among the region's residents will follow. Rather, this leads to national unity and integration.
This study aims to explore, extract and analysis of geographical including the provinces, cities, countries and districts names which are changed after the Islamic Revolution. The research method is based on descriptive-analytical method. In this article, maps and charts are respectively provided using Arc Map and EXCEL.
Results Conclusion
Research findings suggest that changes in names are due to the change in the administrative divisions like promotion, abstraction, and integration and any change in the range of political units. It should be noted that geographical distribution of most changes was in the Mazandaran, Kurdistan, and Fars provinces, respectively.


Volume 11, Issue 38
July 2015
Pages 115-133
  • Receive Date: 22 July 2014
  • Revise Date: 19 January 2015
  • Accept Date: 19 May 2015
  • First Publish Date: 22 June 2015