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Arabian Gulf and the Dimensions of the Naming.

Manama, May 19 (BNA) -- A study released by the Bahrain Centre for Strategic and International Studies and Energy (BCSISE), prepared by Dr. Bashir Zine El Abidine titled ' the Arabian Gulf and the Dimensions of the Naming ', that the Iranian stance in regard to naming ' Arabian Gulf ', raises strong controversies in the media, and that this stance insists on stamping the Arabian Gulf's identity with the Persian identity to include national and political extents that aim to achieve regional hegemony.

The study said that the Arab stance should not stop at arguing the naming issue, but they should focus on the Arabic identity, which constitutes the majority of the region's population. And that many geographers, travellers and historians, across different ages, named it ' The Arabian Gulf ' as have been shown in maps and documents conducted in 1478-1861 that emphasized the Arabic identity of the Gulf by giving it different Arabic names such as, the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Iraq, Gulf of Basra, Gulf of Oman, Sea of Basra and Al-Qatif Sea.

A French researcher said that there are several documents and maps at the national library in Paris prove conclusively the name as been 'the Arabian Gulf ', and the term of ' Persian Gulf ' has been recently entered in circulation among some European geographers, who have been under the influence of political attitudes of some colonial powers in the 19th century.The study urged scientific institutions to publish more historical studies on the presence of Arabs in the Gulf Islands and ports. Adding that the Iranian domination tendencies in the Gulf have been repeatedly heard in official statements and read in official press articles claiming the Iranian right to control the rest of the Arabian Gulf and that western coasts were under its control before Islam, denying the existence of any other name or identity, which asserts Iran's official stance to cancel any other identity in the Arabian Gulf.

The study concluded by pointing out a number of strategic considerations drive Iran to launch the name of the Persian Gulf, including the chauvinism national dimension and seeking to play a security role in the region and to be recognized as a major regional power.

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BNA 0959 GMT 2013/05/19

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