The Discourse of Streets' Naming in Tehran after Islamic Revolution

Document Type : Original Article


- Assistant Professor of Political Geography, Tehran University, Tehran


The streets' names bear combine the political questions of the cities' history and political geography. Any move to change the names of the streets openly leaves a major impact on the revolutionary changes a political regime undergoes, so changing or replacing the streets' previous names reflects the new or current political power structure.
The present article displays the process by which the previous names of  streets in Tehran, as the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Iran -instead of the capital city of Iran under Monarchy Dynasty- have changed into new ones after the Islamic Revolution. It also echoes the ramifications of the transformation as the shining example of the Islamic Republic. This paper has attempted to review why and how streets’ naming occurred in Tehran after Islamic revolution.
The article has also looked into the role factors such as ideological will, political structure, war, religion, etc can play as controller and director factors in the process of changing the streets' names in Tehran. The present article is kind of applied papers and accomplish through analytical-descriptive method by using library and archive resources. The findings show the names of streets due to war (names of shohada) are the steadier names after revolution whereas the most instable names are disrelation to political ideological of revolution.


Volume 5, Issue 14
July 2009
Pages 72-101
  • Receive Date: 16 June 2009
  • Revise Date: 29 July 2009
  • Accept Date: 29 November 2009
  • First Publish Date: 29 November 2009