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Naming the streets of the capital by Tehran City Council

Names of our culture’s famed heroes shine on the streets of Tehran. Naming streets and alleys and avenues of Tehran after our famed scientists, writers and artists by Tehran City Council can be considered as a small token of gratitude towards the great men and women who spent their lives for the glory of Iran. The beauty of the name of such writers shining on the streets and alleys of the city is equal to seeing the names of the country’s valuable wetlands, the deceased journalists in the field of environment, a street named after environmentalists for their protection of the country’s ecosystem and cities of ancient Iranshahr and great cultural Iran.

Based on this decision, streets and alleys with the names Noor 1st, Noor 2nd, Noor 4rd, Noor 4th and Noor 5th, in district 22, while maintaining their names received the following names respectively: Hur Al-Azim wetland, Choghakhor Wetland, Band Ali Khan Wetland, Parishan Wetland, Bakhtegan Wetland, Mighan Wetland, Jazmourian Wetland, respectively.

The streets of West Ladan and East Ladan between Nabard Street and Parastar Street were named after “Reyhaneh Yassini” and “Mahshad Karimi,” IRNA and ISNA journalists. They lost their lives in a bus accident involving environmental journalists in West Azerbaijan Province.

Moj Street in District 22 was also named “Mohitban” Street due to the services of the country’s environmentalists in protecting and preserving the country’s environment.

It is worth mentioning that in one of the resolutions of the Tehran City Council, the names of several streets have been named after female personalities.  These women have each played important roles in cultural, scientific and art fields in Iran. The nameplates of some of these figures, which were approved by the city council in month of the Tir 1400, were placed and installed on the streets of Tehran in recent days.

Herebelow, we will introduce the names of these figures:

Shirin Bayani

Maryam Alley on Vesal Street is named after Dr. Shirineh Bayani; at 14, she translated the book “L’Auberge de l’Ange gardien” by Comtesse de Ségur, one of the most influential French novelists for children, and became the first translator in Iran under the age of 15. Her main specialty was Mongol history and Mongolology. She has many translations and writings in her record, among which are two works; “Women in Iran during the Mongol era” and “History of Al Jalayer”.

Nimtaj Salmasi

The name of Nimtaj Salmasi is engraved on the 10th street, between Seyed Jamal Asadabadi and the anonymous martyr. She studied until the 11th grade of high school and was fluent in English and Arabic. Two socio-political lyric poems were left from Salmasi, and the lyrics of this songwriter excited the people in an unimaginable way. Her works had such an effect that they were able to eradicate corruption and destruction.

Lilit Terian

Sarv alley in Mirzaye Shirazi Street is named after Lilit Terian, an Armenian woman born in the Naderi neighborhood of Tehran and who studied art. In 1357, she turned her father’s house into an art workshop and became the first woman sculptor in Iran to create works such as the statue of Yapermakhan on the grounds of the St Marry Armenian Church.

Maryam Mirzakhani

According to the decision of the Tehran City Council, the social service center of District 15 on Nezami Street was named after Maryam Mirzakhani. She died on Tir 26, 1396, was an Iranian mathematician and professor at Stanford University. Mirzakhani won the Fields Medal, the highest award in mathematics, in 2014, for her work on the dynamics and geometry of Riemannian surfaces and their modular spaces. Mirzakhani was the only woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal. At the suggestion of the Women’s Committee of the Mathematical Society of Iran, the International Union of World Mathematical Societies has designated May 22 as the international day for Women in Mathematics. A small garden near the residence of Maryam Mirzakhani’s family in Mehmandoust in Farmaniyeh Alley is also named after her.

Sedigheh Dolatabadi

The name of Sedigheh Dolatabadi was engraved on the fifth alley on Ghaem Magham Farahani Street. She was one of the activists of the Constitutional Revolution and the women’s movement in Iran and one of the founders of the Constitutional Association of the Patriotic Narcotics Association. She later became one of the first women’s rights activists in Iran and published the first women’s rights magazine in Persian called Women’s Language.

Jaleh Amouzgar

Laden Alley on Shahid Ejazi Street was named after Jaleh Amouzegar. She is a researcher in ancient culture and languages and has a Ph.D. in Ancient Languages from Sorbonne University. Amouzegar has been teaching at the University of Tehran for more than 30 years, and is a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature, and is currently teaching at the Faculty of Literature of the University of Tehran.

Badrol Molouk Bamdad

22 Bahman Street in Shahid Afkhami Street is named after this lady. Badrol Molouk Bamdad was an Iranian journalist, teacher, writer, and social activist, and later became one of the founders of the Women’s Organization for Human Rights and the owner of the newspaper Zan Rooz. Badrol Molouk Bamdad is the first editor of the book Housewifery in Iran; and her most important books are Ethics for High School Students, Wisdom in the House, and Child Care Recipes for Female High School Students.

Touba Azmoudeh

The name of Touba Azmoudeh was written on the sign of Hafez Alley in Vahdat-e-Islami Street. She put a lot of effort in establishing schools for girls and educate them, and in 1286 she was able to found a new primary school for girls, named Namous.  If Mir Hassan Roshidiyeh is famous for founding the present boys schools, Touba Azmoudeh can be considered founder of the present girls schools.

Mahdieh Elahi Ghomshei

Tala Alley was renamed Mahdieh Elahi Ghomshei Street with the consent of the city council members. As a child, she got interested in poetry and literature, wrote poems, and was also acquainted with Masnavi al-Atfal. Elahi Ghomshei has been trained by masters such as Jalal Homayi, Shahabi, Sadr al-Din Mahallati, and Mohammad Taghi Jafari.

Fatemeh Sayyah

Guiv Alley on Madani Street was renamed Fatemeh Sayyah by the Tehran City Council. She was a professor of literature and one of the founders of the Women’s Association at the Ministry of Culture. Sayyah, as the first female university professor, as a child, she got interested in poetry and literature, wrote poems, and at the same time, was known as one of the women’s rights activists in Iran. Fatemeh Sayyah began her literary career by writing articles for cultural publications and continued to do so until the end of her life.

Jamileh Sheikhi

The name of this beautiful Iranian actress was put on Borna Street in Iranshahr Ave. Jamileh Sheikhi had an honorary doctorate in theater. Her valuable cinematic works include Unruled Paper, sunglasses, visas and her TV performances include After the Rain, Death in Silence, and Tomorrow is Late.

Touran Mirhadi

Ansari Street on Abu Reyhan Ave was named after Seyedeh Touran Mirhadi. Seyed Touran Mirhadi, nicknamed Khomarloo, is a professor of children’s literature, a writer and education expert, and the founder of the Farhad Experimental Educational Complex. She was one of the Children’s Book Council founders and the Dictionary of Children and Adolescents founder. Mirhadi has been called the mother of children’s literature in Iran.

Badrolzaman Gharib

The newly built boulevard at the end of Ostad Moen Boulevard was named after Banoo Badrolzaman Gharib. Badrolzaman was a writer, researcher, Iranologist, linguist, and the only woman who was a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature. The sogdian Culture, written in 3 languages (Sogdian, Persian, English), is her most famous work. She was a student of masters such as Mohammad Moen, Ehsan Yarshater, and Zabihollah Safa. She passed away last year due to coronovirus.


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