Nahavand

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Nahavand

Nahāvand
City
Nahavand is located in Iran
Nahavand
Nahavand
Coordinates: 34°11′19″N 48°22′37″E / 34.18861°N 48.37694°E / 34.18861; 48.37694Coordinates: 34°11′19″N 48°22′37″E / 34.18861°N 48.37694°E / 34.18861; 48.37694
Country Iran
ProvinceHamadan
CountyNahavand
BakhshCentral
Population
 (2016 Census)
 • Total76,162 [1]
Time zoneUTC+3:30 (IRST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+4:30 (IRDT)

Nahavand (Persian: نهاوند‎, also Romanized as Nahāvand and Nehāvend)[2] is a city and capital of Nahavand County, Hamadan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 72,218, in 19,419 families.[3] It is located south of Hamadan, east of Malayer and northwest of Borujerd. Occupied since prehistoric times, Nahavand was bestowed upon the House of Karen in the Sasanian period. During the Arab conquest of Iran, it was the site of the famous Battle of Nahavand.

Name[edit]

It has been spelled differently in different books and sources: Nahavand, Nahavend, Nahawand, Nahaavand, Nehavand, Nihavand or Nehavend, formerly called Mah-Nahavand, and in antiquity Laodicea (Greek: Λαοδίκεια; Arabic Ladhiqiyya), also transliterated Laodiceia and Laodikeia, Laodicea in Media, Laodicea in Persis, Antiochia in Persis, Antiochia of Chosroes (Greek: Αντιόχεια του Χοσρόη), Antiochia in Media (Greek: Αντιόχεια της Μηδίας), Nemavand and Niphaunda.

Geography[edit]

Nahavand is located in western Iran, in the northern part of the Zagros region.[4] It lies c. 90 kilometers south of Hamadan, from which it is separated by the massif of the Alvand subrange.[4] This massif grants Nahavand and its hinterlands an abudant water supply.[4] Historically, Nahavand was located on a route that led from central Iraq through Kermanshah to northern Iran, and was therefore often crossed by armies.[4] Another historic road, coming from Kermanshah, leads towards Isfahan in central Iran and avoids the Alvand massif.[5] Nahavand also lies on the branch of the Gamasab river which comes from the southeast from the vicinity of Borujerd; from Nahavand the Gamasab river flows westwards to Mount Behistun.[5] Given Nahavand's location, it was the site of several battles, and was considered important in Iranian history during Iran's wars with its western neighbors.[4][5]

Prehistory[edit]

Excavations conducted in 1931/2 at Tepe Giyan by Georges Contenau and Roman Ghirshman led to the conclusion that Nahavand and its environs have been inhabited since prehistoric times.[4] It showed that the site of Tepe Giyan, which lies c. 10 kilometers southeast of Nahavand, was occupied since at least 5,000 BC to c. 1,000 BC.[4][6]

History[edit]

Clasp with an eagle and its prey found in Nahavand, believed by Ernst Herzfeld to originally belong to the House of Karen.[7]
Nahavand Castle by Eugène Flandin (19th century drawing)
Giyan, Nahavand, Iran
Giyan Spring
Faresban, Nahavand, Iran
Faresban Spring

During the Achaemenid period (550–330 BC), Nahavand was located in the southernmost part of Media.[4] Strabo wrote that it was "(re-)founded" by Achaemenid King Xerxes the Great (r486–465 BC).[4] In the 20th century, a stone stele was found near Nahavand. The stele bore an inscription of Seleucid ruler Antiochus III the Great (r222–187 BC), introducing the cult he had created for his wife Queen Laodice III.[4] According to Abu Hanifa Dinawari, who flourished in the 9th century, in the Parthian period, Nahavand was the seat of the Parthian prince Artabanus, who later reigned as Artabanus I of Parthia (r127-124/3 BC).[4] During the Sasanian period, the district of Nahavand was bestowed upon the House of Karen.[4] There was also a fire temple.[4]

In 642, during the Arab conquest of Iran, a famous battle was fought at Nahavand.[4][8] With heavy losses on both sides, it eventually resulted in a Sasanian defeat, and as such, opened up the doors of the Iranian plateau to the invaders.[4][8] In the early Islamic period, Nahavand flourished as part of the province of Jibal. It first functioned as administrative center of the Mah al-Basra ("Media of the Basrans") district.[4] Its revenues were reportedly used for the payment of the troops from Basra that were stationed in Nahavand. Medieval geographers mention Nahavand as an affluent commercial hub with two Friday mosques.[4] When the 10th century Arab traveller Abu Dulaf travelled through Nahavand he noted "fine remains of the [ancient] Persians".[4] Abu Dulaf also wrote that during the reign of Caliph al-Ma'mun (813–833), a treasure chamber had been found, containing two gold caskets.[4]

In the course of the subsequent centuries, only few events in Nahavand were recorded. The Persian vizier of the Seljuk Empire, Nizam al-Mulk, was assassinated in 1092 near Nahavand.[4] According to Hamdallah Mustawfi, who flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries, Nahavand was a town of medium size surrounded by fertile fields where corn, cotton and fruits were grown.[4] Mustawfi added that its inhabitants were mainly Twelver Shia Kurds.[4]

In 1589, during the Ottoman-Safavid War of 1578-1590, Ottoman General Cığalazade Yusuf Sinan Pasha built a fortress at Nahavand for future campaigns against Safavid Iran.[4] By the Treaty of Constantinople (1590), the Safavids were forced to cede the city to the Turks.[9] In 1602/3, Nahavand's citizens revolted against the Ottoman occupiers.[4] Coinciding with the Celali revolts in Anatolia, the Safavids recaptured Nahavand and expelled the Ottomans from city, thus restoring Iranian control.[4][10] The Safavid governor of Hamadan, Hasan Khan Ustajlu, subsequently destroyed the Ottoman fort.[4][11] In the wake of the collapse of the Safavids in 1722, the Turks captured Nahavand once more. In 1730, they were ousted by Nader-Qoli Beg (later known as Nader Shah; r1736–1747).[4] Nader's death in 1747 led to instability. Over the next few years, Nahavand was exploited by local Bakhtiari chiefs.[4] In c. 1752, Karim Khan Zand defeated the Bakhtiari chieftain Ali Mardan Khan Bakhtiari at Nahavand.[4]

Natural attractions[edit]

  • Giyan Spring
  • Gamasiab Spring
  • Faresban Spring

Music[edit]

Nahavand also gives its name to the musical mode (maqam) Nahawand in Arabic, Persian and Turkish music.[12] This mode is known for its wide variety of Western sounding melodies.

Notables[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.amar.org.ir/english
  2. ^ Nahavand can be found at GEOnet Names Server, at this link, by opening the Advanced Search box, entering "-3076227" in the "Unique Feature Id" form, and clicking on "Search Database".
  3. ^ "Census of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1385 (2006)". Islamic Republic of Iran. Archived from the original (Excel) on 2011-11-11.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac Bosworth 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Minorsky 1995, p. 23.
  6. ^ Negahban 2001, pp. 6-7.
  7. ^ Herzfeld 1928, pp. 21–22.
  8. ^ a b Webb 2018.
  9. ^ Blow 2009, p. 73.
  10. ^ Blow 2009, p. 73, 74, 76.
  11. ^ Floor 2008, p. 198.
  12. ^ Randel 2003, p. 552.

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