Bandar Siraf

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Bandar Siraf (Bandar Taheri)
(بندر سیراف (بندر طاهری
Beachfront in Siraf
Beachfront in Siraf
Bandar Siraf (Bandar Taheri) is located in Iran
Bandar Siraf (Bandar Taheri)
Bandar Siraf (Bandar Taheri)
Location in Iran
Coordinates: 27°40′00″N 52°20′33″E / 27.66667°N 52.34250°E / 27.66667; 52.34250Coordinates: 27°40′00″N 52°20′33″E / 27.66667°N 52.34250°E / 27.66667; 52.34250
Country  Iran
Province Bushehr
County Kangan
Bakhsh Central
Population (2006)
 • Urban 3,500
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)

Bandar Siraf (Persian: بندر سیراف‎‎, also Romanized as Bandar-e Sīraf; also known as Sīraf, Ţāherī, and Tāhiri; also known as Bandar-e Ţāherī and Bandar-i Ţāhirī Persian: بندر طاهری‎‎ - "Bandar" meaning "Port" in Persian)[1] is a city in the Central District of Kangan County, Bushehr Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 3,500, in 722 families.[2]


The port was known as Siraf in ancient times. At the time of the silk road, most of the commerce towards Asia was performed through Siraf. Many sources reported that at that time, all the inhabitants of Siraf were Jewish merchants. When Arabs invaded Persia, they forced the Jewish inhabitants to become Muslims. Furthermore, they changed the name to Taheri, which means pure in Arabic. The Arabs considered Jews as ritually impure(نجس) and since they thought converting to Islam has made them ritually pure (Tahir طاهر) they changed the name of the port to Tahiri.[3]

The port was known as Tahiri until in 2008 the government of Iran changed the official name of the city back to Bandar Siraf.

See also[edit]

  • Siraf, an Ancient city in Iran.


  1. ^ Bandar Siraf can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3086632" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  2. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ Trua, Oral history of the Iranian Jews, Homa Sarshar, Center for Iranian Jewish oral history, 1996, Page 223.

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