Khuzestan province of Iran
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Persian archers depicted in the ancient city of Susa




A square in Ahvaz


Khuzestan is situated in the south-wetern corner of Iran and the noerth-western corner of the Persian Gulf.
Khuzestan, where society progressed in the nursery of modern man, marks one of the world's most glittering centers of human civilization.

The trace of this ancient civilization can presently be detected at various regions of this province, including the ancient city of Shush (Susa), capital of Ilam, winter capital of the Persian Achaemenids , and the site of Prophet Daniel's tomb, marks one of the most significant archaeological sites of the world.

Chogha Zanbil, a hill in Khuzestan which embodies a number of Elamites relics, including the remains of an immense Ziggurat "Elamite Chogha Zanbil", which is the largest temple of its kind.

Also, Chogha Zanbil has been declared as one of the human cultural heritage sites.

Furthermore, Khuzestan is another land; a world full of differences and varieties: the land of naked grandeur, with a lot of burning sunshine which is life warming and the source of serenity, sincerity and compassion that characterizes the South and Southerners.

Khuzestan or "Land of Sugar" has been the cradle of civilization and culture over the centuries and has possessed a great potential in this regard, to which the history of mankind is an
honest evidence.

Sugar and sugar cane have been given for the meaning of "Khuz" And the fertile soil of Khuzistan has a splendid potential for growing this plant, and the best sugar cane is harvested there.

Ahvaz is the center of Khuzestan province.

Ahvaz is the anagram of "Avaz" and "Avaja" which appear in Darius's epigraph. This word appears in Naghsh-e Rostam inscription as "Khaja"or " Khooja " .

Ahvaz was the seat of Khuzestan province in the old days. This city was founded by Ardashir-Babakan the founder of the Persian Sassanid Dynasty, and used to be called Hormoz-Ardeshir.

Some think that "Ahvaz" and "Khuzestan" are related to the name of "Ooksin" a city in the era of Ilam civilization.

The existence of scientific and cultural centers, such as "Jondi Shapoor University" which gathered distinguished medical scientists from Egypt, Greece, India and Rome, treating the patients and teaching medical students, shows the importance and prosperity of the region during the ancient times.



Site by Mani Parsa (text from mohajeri.com).