This book, first published in 1994, analyses the entire length of Iran’s international boundaries. It reviews the establishment, evolution and continuing contentions over Iranian frontier zones and boundary lines, from the creation of the Iranian nation state out of the diverse and dispersed areas of the Persian empire – a process that has given rise to many contemporary problems that spill over into dispute and conflict.
1. Introduction Keith McLachlan 2. Iran’s Northeastern Borders: From Sarakhs to Khazar (the Caspian Sea) Abbas Maleki 3. Nomads and Commissars on the Frontiers of Eastern Azerbaijan Richard Tapper 4. The Historical Development of the Boundaries of Azerbaijan M.H. Ganji 5. The Question of Kurdistan and Iran’s International Borders Maria T. O’Shea 6. Territoriality and the Iran-Iraq War Keith McLachlan 7. Interpreting a Vague Rive Boundary Delimitation: the 1847 Erzerum Treaty and the Shatt al-Arab before 1913 Richard Schofield 8. Ethno-Linguistic Links Between Southern Iraq and Khurzistan Bruce Ingham 9. Iran’s Maritime Boundaries in the Persian Gulf: the Case of Abu Musa Island Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh 10. The Eastern Boundaries of Iran Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh